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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Put-Down

When I was in grade school, I always heard the advice to not compare myself to others. I didn't really understand at the time, but as an adult, I get it. My success is not measured by how much better I did than someone else. (Although when teachers graded on a curve in college, it felt like it sometimes.) If I must compare, I should compare myself to how I was.

I think we all understand this. So why, then, do politicians try to convince us to vote for them by putting down the competition?

Does this really convince anyone? I mean, do we even believe them?

It kind of makes me think of a girl trying to convince a guy that he should choose her. Just listen to this voice: "You should choose me because I wear designer perfume. I can parallel park. What do you see in her? She dyes her hair funny. Her shoes are out of style. She didn't even get an A in Geometry. It should be really obvious to you that my sparkling shoes and great grades make me the better option."

Um, whatever happened to just being yourself? Letting that sparkling personality or great campaign speak for you?

Or maybe the campaign is so bad that you hope to win by default? You've got nothing else to stand on?

Stop whining and quit putting people down. It's a total turn-off.

Oh, and I'm on my way to Florida as we speak, so posts might be a bit erratic this coming week.

Today's stop on the blog tour: Ann Best!

10 comments:

Joanna St. James said...

Have fun in Florida and I hear the campaigns are getting endless again. Hang in there all my American friends

Paul Yarbrough, Author said...

Tamara.Thanks for coming over.
First rule for believing politicans...never mind, there may be children out there.
P.S. Most of the girls I dated (when I was young enough) didn't wear designer perfume. The only girls that would go out with me wore RAID.
Paul Yarbrough

Paul Yarbrough, Author said...

P.S. I went through Ann Best's blog and thought you were a different Tamara. But feel free to come over anyway. I, too, am a Wido author.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

I'm with you on that one!

Terri Tiffany said...

Amen on that! On your way down here,huh? It's really hot!

Kasey said...

I was JUST thinking about this a few days ago. If you want me to vote for you, tell my WHY to vote for YOU....not why NOT to vote for your competition! Nov 3 can't come soon enough.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

hello from a hotel in Georgia! We've had an adventure so far. Killing roaches in the bathroom and getting new sheets in the middle of the night b/c my son threw up.

@ Terri, we're counting on the heat! Whoo-hoo!

@Kasey, we must be listening to the same ads.

Talli Roland said...

Have fun in Florida!

I'm with you - I hate those political ads! And they can get quite personal and vicious, too. Not good.

Goddess of Blah said...

loved the below:

"So why, then, do politicians try to convince us to vote for them by putting down the competition?"

I HATE that too

Lynda Young said...

great post! I totally agree. Putting people down is just not right.

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