Whatever your political committments, we have all seen too many campaign ads which tend to the ‘attack the other opponent’ method. Instead of solidly contributing to the political debate of where our country is headed, most campaign ads–in my opinion–merely come off as annoying, antagonistic, sound-bytes from one particular voice over another. I would rather see my contribution dollars go towards buying the campaigner a new tie than a campaign commercial.
However, I must admit that presidential candidate Ron Paul has recently released one of the best campaign ads I’ve witnessed. The difference? He attacks no one, he does not need to go on the defensive, he tackles a very difficult subject, he’s empathetic, and he puts the political debate in a practical, implicational perspective. This in no way is an endorsement of his campaign (my political opinions are my own and I find myself both agreeing and disagreeing with Paul). This is simply an example of where and how politicians can seriously step away from the antagonistic sound-bytes and actually engage relevant topics in a relevant way. To tackle the question of life in such a way proves that Paul, despite certain short-comings, is a practical man who firmly believes what he believes. Contrast this with Obama’s statement that the question of life is “above my paygrade” and you can see who, at least with this topic, has greater leadership ability.