With the 2014 elections approaching, it seems appropriate to remind everyone of what we will be facing. This issue is apolitical, existing in every political party: campaign ads. Rarely do we see anything so honest as this satirical “Clint Webb for Senate” ad, brought to us by Trevor Moore of the sketch comedy troupe, Whitest Kids U’Know.
Clint hits all the marks of a typical campaign ad: but honestly! Clint possesses a “sociopathic narcissisism” that makes him think he should be in charge of everyone. Clint has lived his life in “such a bland, uncontroversial and repressed manner that it’s almost unnatural.” Why? Because he’s been preparing to be your Senator his entire life. He assures us–the voting public–that “together we can piggyback some of our state’s legitimate needs onto [his] unquenchable lust for self-glorification.” Clint wants us to know that all of his motives are ulterior. He’s “self-involved to the point of psychosis.” His soul is “terrifying.” And, Clint says, “That’s Leadership.”
This ad shows us everything that is wrong with American politics: We have a “candidate” who spends the whole time talking about himself and showing off his family, but never getting around to telling the viewer what he represents. He, of course, includes an evil looking picture of his opponent and the obligatory out of context quote, “Eat the United States.”
Unfortunately, this is what we deal with year after year as voters. We are inundated with a storm of dishonest advertisements in every form of media. We end up with few choices, most of whom are just like Clint. We end up with people who are supposed to serve the voting public, but instead serve their own interests. We end up deciding that corporations are people and money is free speech.
The problem is that most people don’t pay attention to the issues. Many don’t have the time to do the research necessary to fully understand the mire of deception that is the American political system.
We have many forms of media intentionally disseminating misinformation, keeping many millions misled and misled into believing “facts” that have been debunked many times. An informed voting populace is essential to Democracy. By creating confusion and perpetuating false claims, people like Clint are able to capitalize on the fear and mistrust.
Over time, we develop a perverse system in which we decide the corporations are people, and money is free speech.
After all, we have enough Clints in the world: