Twenty years ago when you chose a president you looked for the individual that was strong, capable and well spoken.
But when Pres. George W. Bush was elected (if you can call it that), the deciding factor changed to "I can have a beer with that guy." Now, this has nothing to do with George Bush, but I think that whoever gets elected should be able to relate to the everyday man, but the everyday man (and woman) does have a responsibility to cast a vote for someone that can, at the very least, get that beer in their mouth.
So, here we are once again, stuck in a political tsunami that seems bent on wiping away as much of the United States as possible. This election year has yet to stop surprising me of exactly how low we can go.
I heard this from a guy once and I never forgot it — association breeds assimilation, meaning of course that if you hang out with bums, you'll be a bum. You hang out with winners, you'll be a winner. But I always felt that it was slightly flawed; after all, how can you know what other people are doing at all times? I agree with it in large part, and since it was a statement directed at our nation's youth at the time I first heard it, I felt it more appropriate. But when you start trying to make a link between two people by utilizing a third person, well it seems like a stretch (see Anthony Weiner, no pun intended).
My question is really this — exactly how dumb do the people who pull the strings of the political process believe us, the American citizens to be? If we were at a family dinner and a relative starting making these same arguments you would most likely write him or her off as a fool and then try as hard as you could to not to invite them to the next family function. Sure, you might lose the invite battle because it's your mother-in-law's brother who always had a hard time adjusting to people and bright lights, but you would try! And you would try because the only difference between him and a bunch of bananas is, bananas are a great source of potassium. Yet our political process is constantly staying on message, whether that message is true or not.
A few of the craziest messages I've heard (and this shouldn't come as any surprise) come from the Trump camp. First and foremost, Hillary Clinton's health. Yeah, for some reason they have talking heads stating that she is overweight, has signs of Alzheimer's and so on.
Remember back in the old days when you could call your doctor for a prescription for something you'd taken before and they would send it to the pharmacist? Well now you have to go see them, because of the liability reasons, plus it's probably just smart. So what on Earth would allow someone to dole out a medical opinion based on watching a video tape of a patient or person they've probably never met? Is the Trump campaign so desperate that they need to fabricate this sort of a story and hope that the American people will buy it?
Rhetoric is nothing new to politics; this shouldn't come as any surprise. The hyperbole seems to be able to take a candidate that might otherwise be decent and good and turn them into a schoolyard bully. But I'm over it! The fact that it consumes the news cycle with garbage as opposed to things you would actually try to do to provide for the people simply amazes me. But we seem to want the garbage as opposed to the issues. We've become increasingly disgruntled and angry. We're cynical and mistrusting, so frankly we no longer believe that anyone can affect any sort of change. What the hell is up with that?
Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 a.m. every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. E-mail him at email@example.com. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.