I am making a determined effort to not post about politics as much. It consumes so much of my blogging, but so little of my actual life. It was given a skewed picture of who I am and what I value, but a recent political ad will help me illustrate things I value.
I do not like my Congressman John Spratt. He campaigns as a moderate, but votes as a liberal. On his campaign site, he talks about cutting back spending and then lists four items where he wants to spend more.
But today I sent an email to his challenger, Ralph Norman, telling him I didn’t appreciate a recent mail piece that I felt was dishonest. I value honesty much more than a political party.
The piece references “record” gas prices (although it is below $2.00 everywhere around here now – darn those evil oil companies, but I digress) and insinuates this was the fault of Spratt because he voted three times to increase gas prices. You have to read the tiny references at the bottom to find out the votes were in the early 90’s, with the most recent one being in 1993.
I hope Rep. Spratt loses, but I hope he loses because the ideas I care about prevail with the voters, not because a dishonest mailer makes people think he voted to increase the gas tax this year. I would oppose an increase in the gas tax even if gas was below $1.00, but it is less than honest to cause voters to link the recent spike with Spratt’s voting record from 15 years ago.
Overall I think Norman has run an effective positive campaign, even distancing himself from national Republicans over their spending. But I think this piece, paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee, does not reflect well on him or his campaign.
I hope this will be the last complaint I have to make against their campaign, but I am afraid that “power corrupts” and even the chance for political power corrupts faster than anything else. Few have been able to avoid the snares, I hope Norman is one that will.