by Debilyn Molineaux, Coffee Party Executive Director
$98 Million. That’s how much has been raised by Super PACs in this election cycle according to OpenSecrets.org as of February 5, 2012. $46 million of that has been spent, most of it on negative and misleading political advertisements that have ripped apart the Republican candidates and have or will soon focus on President Obama. This is just "politics."
I can't help but wonder, what if we stopped the war of political advertising and focused on solutions with that money? Sure, we couldn't make the "other side" look so bad. But maybe we could start solving our big issues like education, debt, immigration, public safety and environment.
What would it take to stop the ad wars? If the ads stopped working, the politicians and Super PACs would stop running them. Personally, I don't watch TV ads, read mailers or listen to robo-calls. And those email threads designed to inflame passion? I do the research and usually send the truth back to the sender and their entire list. I refuse to participate in a system that is a giant toilet of lies and deceit. Yeah, I'm a sucker for the truth these days. What about you? How do you cope? [READ MORE]