Letters, Nov. 16-18: Thank goodness Fansville is back

Thank goodness Fansville is back

Sometimes I see things differently… In August, when the Dr. Pepper Fansville commercials began, we were excited to see the beginning of the College Football Season.(Go Hawkeyes!)

Then we were seeing the same cute Fansville commercial repeated again and again, and it became less and less amusing. Allstate’s Mayhem commercials are fun for a while, and they also get old fairly quickly. Pretty soon in early September, we were wishing for something different.

Be careful with what we wish for! Suddenly, we were inundated 24/7 by political commercials, and very few of them informed us what the politician stood for. Conveniently, the broadcast TV networks allowed us to stream the few shows that we wanted to see (local advertisers’ ads were not included in the national streaming platforms, including the desperate politicians’ ads – so the six families who were not on the internet suffered through the onslaught).

Let’s examine political advertising for a moment. Were we taught to only say nice things about other people (despite possibly despising them)? Down south, they have a code phrase – say something nice about a person and follow it with “Bless his heart.” But political advertising is so negative that even PACs are ashamed to give their donor’s names. This is the problem with anonymity. People may twist the truth and not be identified so they may be shunned by their former friends.

I propose that Congress create a law that only the PACs whose participants are easily found may advertise for anything. Besides, who is going to vote for ANYONE who is supported by the Crypto Club PAC? Obviously, members of Congress like this free money, so they are not going to do anything.

We could write letters to each candidate’s campaign office demanding to know who are the members of the PAC that support them. Create a campaign where their office looks like the scene from The Miracle on 34th Street courthouse when Santa was on trial. Thinking about that, it is time to watch that movie again.

Welcome back, Fansville commercials! You may like Dr. Pepper soda or not, but at least you do not have to think about their commercials!

Bill Humbert

Park Meadows

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