March 14, 2004
I've been annoyed by the recent outcry by some over Bush's use of a few 9/11 images in his political ads. I think this is rediculous. The images are tasteful and sensitive in my opinion. For one thing, it's nearly impossible, and at minimum irresponsible, to talk about Bush's 1st presidential term without talking about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. I was upset by all the greed of many of the victims's families/relatives, and now I think they're being purely unreasonable. A column by Charles Krauthammer in this past week's issue of Time on the subject pretty much says exactly what I think of the issue, only worded much better than I could say it.
Posted by charr at 11:06 PM
I agree. 9/11 has been the defining moment of his presidency. It has been the largest issue he's had to tackle. Why shouldn't he remind everyone of his performance in the aftermath of it? (As long it's done tastefully.)If Kerry can use his Vietnam experience (Didn't you know? Kerry was in Vietnam. I know it's a shock, but he was.) as a selling point in his campaign, why shouldn't Bush use his 9/11 experience in his?
I don't care for most political ads. All you can do in 30 seconds or 1 minute is trite, soundbite stuff. You can't explain why your plan for schools is better. You can't explain why your opponent's leanings will slowly creep the country down the path of financial or moral decline. All you can do is show children waving flags and farmers on tractors and play patriotic music in the background and declare your desire to make/keep this country great.Or you can sling a little mud.
The trouble is that most people don't care to go any further in depth than the pretty, patriotic, semi-generic commercials. As a result, they see only those 30 second soundbites, so those soundbites really have to count. One way to make them count is to play on the average citizen's patriotism and sentimentality. That's exactly what Kerry is doing with Vietnam and what Bush is doing with 9/11.
The sad part is that a percentage of the population (I hope it's a small one) make their decisions from viewing this tripe. It's all crap. Do you think Bush or Kerry made those ads? Hell no, it's a marketing team that's probably never even met the candidate. IMHO, media ads should be banned and replaced with equally televised debates in every state. Riiiight. Well a guy can dream can't he?
From what I understand, the families of the victims of 911 (the ones objecting to the ads) are people who had some sort of "problem" with President Bush before 911 even happened. It seems it's only about getting Kerry elected and nothing more. *sigh* Politics...