I don't answer the phone much anymore, but occasionally do indulge in cheap entertainment by checking caller ID. Some campaigning politicians have taken to using the same trick I've tried (to get more clicks on the MidChix newsletter). They disguise themselves.
Yesterday, I was about to hop on the elliptical to work up a little sweat, when the phone rang; I glanced at the caller ID, and it read: "Laurie Romer". For a second, I hesitated, as I have a new friend named Laurie, and I thought "oh, maybe Romer is her maiden name", and almost picked up the receiver. Luckily my new resolution to exercise daily 'NO MATTER WHAT' prevailed. When I listened to the message a little later, all I heard was the pre-recorded "This is Senator Chris Romer", before I hit 7 to erase.
Of course, then I thought I'd better listen to all the other recent messages that have been left on voice mail since I stopped picking up the phone. The next one was from Barack Obama...apparently dialing for Michael Bennett. Now don't get me wrong, because I happen to be one of the dwindling number of former Barack fans who still is a Barack fan. And I'll take Michael Bennett over Ken Buck any day of the week! But that doesn't mean I want any of them calling me. Especially when it really isn't them that's calling. As my family will testify, I am not a phone person. And I'm especially not a pre-recorded phone message phone person. If you want to talk to the live me, then you had better be the live you, no matter which party you belong to!
While working out, I usually zone out watching the telly. But these days, every commercial break is filled with ads of one candidate slandering another. Or worse yet, a carefully crafted message from one of the many self-appointed groups who are apparently charged with saving Colorado from imminent disaster. Imminent disaster is the only possible result if the wrong guy or gal is elected, right? Believe me, I understand that the consequences of certain legislation are dire. (I even forwarded an educational email about 60,61, and 101 to my husband in an attempt to better educate him). I also get that the election of certain individuals would make such legislation more likely. What I don't get is how fiction and non-fiction in political advertising have become so irritatingly intertwined. As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, "we just want the facts, ma'am"
I'm a Democrat. My husband is a Republican. Often friends ask how we manage that. Well, we manage that by respecting each other enough to be cordial and open-minded. We also acknowledge that our differences lie in our philosophies about the role of government. Does that make him selfish or me stupid. No. It makes us human. And by the way, that's not just what he and I have in common, it's what we all have in common.
Fancy a society where the only people vilified were the real villains...those folks that dreamed up calling tree autodialers and the answering system hell that replaced our good old-fashioned receptionists!