Think About It: Politics as Usual, Sadly - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

June 23, 2014

Think About It: Politics as Usual, Sadly

As you heard new details about the negative public relations campaign related to allegations involving former Governor Cayetano in his bid for mayor in 2012, you might have had a mix of emotions. Surprise, sadly, was probably not one of those emotions. For when it comes to the world of politics, we have seen both locally and nationally that nothing is sacred, whether true or not true. 

Corruption charges, claims about drug use, sexual orientation or misconduct, misappropriation of funds, illegal fundraising, the list goes on and on- it's a sorry state of affairs that we witness in the world of politics. But it's not a new trend, it's just more in-our-face nowadays with 24-hour news or pseudo-news and incessant blogs, texts and viral output. Mental Floss magazine suggests mudslinging really kicked in during the 1800 presidential election. It says "Thomas Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a ‘hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.' In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson ‘a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.'" Wow, so much for the good old days.

So while our antenna are perhaps more attune to the incessant accusations and sleazy low blows of politics locally and nationally, it's as much a part of America as is apple pie. Perhaps the truth about the lies and cheap shots of politics is one reason voters are shying away, especially here. Any erosion of democracy could be fairly blamed by the weakening power and interest of a disenchanted electorate, as the cat-fighting continues with desperate candidates and causes looking for any angle to get the win. Fair play? Not really, but it's all relative, and it's been that way for over 200 years. Let's see if the term "clean campaign" is an oxymoron as the summer heat ramps up the political activity in Hawaii over the next few months. Think about it…

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