It’s time to let people know we don’t like nasty politics

By John R. Stone

Last week I mentioned how important it is for us to contact people in the political realm and let them now what we think, especially about some of the stupid ads. I also know that a lot of people are probably not comfortable writing or don’t know how to phrase what they want to say. So here are some ideas for notes you could send to folks running ads that you don’t like.

Dear People,

 I am writing about your recent television ad. I thought it was scary. You paint such a dark picture of our country and of some of our citizens. We all have a right to our ideas and while they may be different, it doesn’t make the people who hold ideas different from your ideas bad people.

Sincerely,

Your name

 Dear People,

I am writing about your recent ad. It seems to me you are trying to scare me into voting for your candidate because you say the opponent is so bad. Why not tell me why your candidate is good? Scaring me to vote for your candidate makes me think your candidate maybe isn’t all that great.

Sincerely,

 Dear People,

Your most recent ad about Candidate X was really nasty. I thought the picture you used of him (her) was not just not appropriate. How would you like a picture of you distributed all over with that expression on your face? Please stop being so nasty.

 Dear people,

Your recent mailing piece about why we should vote for your candidate contains information about your candidate’s opponent that offends me. Why do you need to be so nasty? Are you suggesting that I vote for your candidate because he (she) is the least worst? Come on, if this is the way you intend to govern I may have to vote for the other person.

Sincerely,

 Dear people,

Your recent ad contains misinformation about ?????. Please use the correct facts. If you use incorrect information to get me to vote for your candidate how will I ever know if that candidate is telling the truth?

Sincerely,

 The idea here is to let people know that you don’t like nasty ads. Some say that the reason these ads are used is because they are effective, we tend to find it easier to believe bad things about people than good things.

Where do you send your letters? You can find the address of the campaign office or PAC office on the Internet. Just Google the name of the organization. If in doubt send it to the state Democratic or Republican party, whichever seems to benefit from the ad. Even though there is supposed to be no coordination between independent informational political action committees and candidates, the parties will let the correct people know if an ad is backfiring on them.

We can do this! It’s time we let people know that we don’t like nasty politics! The more who do, the more effective it will be!