If I ran the world, things would be different. For starters, no one would be able to use a robo call to interrupt my day. Is it possible that there are people who are actually so stupid that they listen to a recorded voice and then do what it says?
The only exception to my rule is doctors’ offices. I don’t mind a recording reminding me that I have an appointment and telling me when it is.
Second, no politician would be allowed to run an ad that is untrue. Every statement made in an ad against another person would have to show real proof that it is true, such as a film clip of Candidate A expressing his support of something that he now claims not to support. The same rule would apply to all the political action groups that fund ads.
News outlets would be penalized for reporting a politician making a blatantly untrue statement. This just spreads the lie around.
We learned from the Nazis 60 years ago that the bigger the lie and the more often it is repeated, the more likely people are to believe it. What we should have learned in addition was to fight against that happening again and yet we let it go on in the media unchecked. It frightens me how many people get all their news from sources that have a political agenda and make no effort whatsoever to be fair and impartial. They pander to the prejudices and fears of their listeners and, if the truth is not scary enough, they make up lies and scream even louder.
Here’s a tip. If you are listening to someone who cannot talk about his opponents without calling them names, you are being lied to.
Third, religion would be removed from the political equation. This country was founded on the principle that we could all observe without harassment. That means that Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims and Born Again Christians all have EQUAL rights to be what they are. There should be no litmus test on who believes better or goes to church more often. How about a test for who tells the truth and lives by the Golden Rule? I could live with that one.
We are amazingly lucky in the US to have the freedom to choose our elected officials, but we ought to do a better job figuring out who really stands for what. We ought to stop reaching for the shiniest promise and look at what the person and his ( or her) party has done in the last 5-10 years. Turn off the noise of partisan radio and TV shows and try to find some less biased sources. At the very least, check several of the Fact Checkers sites which will tell you if someone has said something that is a lie.
Whoever you support, I hope you will vote on Tuesday. It is a right and a privilege. I’ll be climbing down off my soapbox and getting to the polls.