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POLITICS: Campaign tactics changed – and not for the better

Letter by G. Owen Ray, Allyn on July 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | 20 Comments »
July 2, 2012 12:37 pm

A former classmate who runs an insurance agency told me something interesting the other day. He said because of our age, we’re now older than 90 percent of the country’s population. Which means we’ve had to suffer through more political campaigns than a great many more of you. It also means we’ve observed the change in tactics that politics has taken.

Now, I don’t know who came up with the theory that attack the opponent’s character without regard to my own qualification and expected results became the order of the day, but it’s a troubling tactic. It almost makes it sound like being a bus bully is preferred to being the bus driver.

So when did we become so insensitive to each other? And what makes candidates think that kind of tactic makes them qualified to be the purse strings for my tax dollars?

Think about it. I did.

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