People got shot and died, and political attack ads were temporarily halted. Why must it take a tragedy to put negativity, smears, and lies on hold? If only that could be permanent, not just a moratorium.
I know, totally unrealistic. I just had a momentary pang and wanted to express it.
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaigns are pulling negative advertising off the air in Colorado in response to shootings at a movie theater in the state that left 12 people dead.
Of course, the ads are here to stay, because they are effective and because many voters are gullible enough to believe every word. They get results.
My point is only that it's a shame that it takes a mass murder to jolt us into reality, to freeze the attacks, to make healing and compassionate words like these, from President Obama, rarer than not:
"And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another."
If only that message was more prevalent than the constant antagonism that is inherent to every election cycle. If only people were nicer to each other. If only there were more listening and less belligerence, if only hostility could be replaced by understanding, if only there were unicorns and fairies and enough food and money for everyone...
But, as Walter Cronkite would say:
Added: Politico just tweeted that the Obama campaign will take down all of its TV spots in Colorado, not just negative ads.