By Tom Holmes
What will it take?
A friend of mine commented that it took a tragedy like what happened in Colorado last week to get the Romney and Obama to stop the negative, personal attacks on each other. . .for ONE DAY.
Political observers say that the campaigns continue to run the ads, because they work. Or, at least they assume they work.
But isn't that the kind of short run insight and long run blindness that has gotten and is still getting us into trouble in terms of our environment, our governmental budgets, the Penn State scandal, the flap last year regarding the New Orleans Saints purposely trying to hurt opposing players, Bill Clinton's affair with Monica, Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme, and on and on.
I won't get caught. Winning is the name of the game. You have to look out for number one, because no one else will.
My experience with Alcoholics Anonymous has taught me that alcoholics will never recover until they profoundly admit deep in their soul that they are powerless over alcohol and that their lives had become unmanageable. What's more, many AA veterans insist that most alcoholics won't take that first step on the road to recovery until they hit bottom, i.e. until EVERYTHING in their lives falls apart.
Both parties claim that the ends justify the means. "Yes, I regret the negative ads," they'll say. "That's what I have to do to get into the office where I can finally do some good."
It took a tragedy at a Batman movie in Aurora, CO to get the negative campaigning to stop for just one day. God forbid that it will take our nation descending into anarchy on the one hand or totalitarianism on the other for us to wake up to the fact that we are losing our soul.