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Language, the media, and the endless campaign

Don’t turn on your television today if you don’t want to hear someone say “lipstick on a pig.”

Believe it or not, we’re trying to elect the next U.S. president, and everyone has their knickers in a twist over an old, old English figure of speech. Obama used it to describe some of McCain’s proposals; McCain insisted Obama was insulting Sarah Palin (well, if the shoe fits … ) Presto. The news channels have something to fill their air for another day or two.

Sheesh! Can we just talk about the issues? You know, the old I.S.S.U.E.S. The stuff that matters. The stuff that affects my income, my lifestyle, whether my grandkids will get a decent education in public schools (as I did), whether my son will still have a job in ten years. The stuff we want to know about before we vote in November.

Enough with the pigs and the slop-slinging, the empty clichés, the prevaricating, obfuscating, and name calling. I want the truth! I can handle the truth! So far, though, it appears the candidates and the media can’t handle it.

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