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by Michael Headley Brooklyn, New York
Earlier today [yesterday], January 10th, a caller on VOB’s Down to Brass Tacks, requested that campaigners’ comments, for the January 19th, snap General Election, should refrain from engaging in gutter politics. I found this laughable because without some so-called gutter politics the electorate will be treated to a barrage of hyperbolic statements, from various politicians, regarding how many more houses, roads, schools, etcetera, that they will build, if they are elected or reelected.
The reigning politicians, and aspiring ones, will extol the virtues of how they have, or will, skillfully handle the economy, tourism and other industries, agriculture, health care, unemployment, old age pension, increasing crime and lawlessness. They are trying to convince potential voters that they have the tools to steer the ship of state into a safe harbour. But history shows that their rudderless policies often run the vessels aground.
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony, ‘a plain blunt man’ was able to incite the common people, by convincing them that the late Caesar had included some goodies for them in his will, similar to promises in the manifestos.
Gutter Politics can flow deep and contain all past and present debris, that registered voters need to filter out to make informed decisions.
Had not for gutter politics voters wouldn’t have heard about the comparison between a Great
Dane and a Bull dog, a Wall house or a Shanty, or sewage free streets and the silly season. An opponent was considered a sluggard and was admonished to go to the ant for guidance.
No apologies needed. However, no reference was made to the Babylonian king Belshazzar seeing the handwriting on the wall.
Getting down and dirty to score points is used by all politicians to catch their opponents with their pants down. And with the help of some sycophantic media mouthpieces, a ruling party can use that platform to spew more dirt.
Let the so-called gutter politics flow to bring some levity to a serious election.
But remember voters your tax dollars will have to pay for everything that the elected government endorses.