Does Negative Campaigning Belong In Ocean County?
The photo above was taken at Beachwood Plaza on Route 9. In it, we see three men who have apparently set up something of a pop-up sign shop.
The signs say, "Hillary For Prison 2016".
You'll notice that political signs have been discussed a number of times by a few different authors in these pages. But one aspect remained consistent throughout - all of the discussions focused on signs for candidates, not signs against a candidate.
Regardless of our individual political affiliations, I think that many of us can agree that this political cycle has become ugly and exhausting.
As I mentioned previously, I feel like this year more than ever, more people will be voting against the candidate who they dislike as opposed to voting for the one that they like.
While I am unaware of the status of a business permit that may or may not be held by the gentlemen in the photo, we're all entitled to our opinions on either side. The First Amendment, a true pillar of American freedom, gives us the right to express those opinions. But I'd have to ask the people in this photo one question - do we really need to sink this low and go negative?
This election has devolved into a war of name calling, petty disputes, and tit for tat insults. But do we really need to join in on the ugliness?
I like to think that Ocean County, our home, is a place where we can engage in mindful and respectful discussions without the need to become insulting.
And again, I hold all sides responsible; Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian.
The photo above is not an indictment against one candidate or one party, but I think it's an example of how petty this whole process has become.
So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Feel free to weigh in on the comments section!