In the late 1990's there was a popular television show hosted by Bill Cosby called Kids Say the Darnedest Thing. Currently, there is a not-so-popular show airing called Politicians Say the Darnedest Things.
For whatever reason, maybe fear or anger, politicians are talking to us as if we were children. They are verbally attacking their opponents and vying for our votes by saying some of the silliest things.
In the race for one of the U.S. Senate positions here in California, Republican Carly Fiorina is trying to displace Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. Just after her Republican party primary victory, she went after Boxer.
"Terrorism kills and Barbara Boxer is worried about the weather," Fiorina said.
Her comments were made to refute Boxer's comments a few years ago in which she called climate change a threat to our national security. Of course, the real motivation behind the comments by Fiorina is to show us — the voters — that she actually cares about keeping us safe while Boxer is more concerned about nonsensical issues like daily meteorology.
Instead of just coming out and stating our next senator should focus more on real, viable terrorism threats, she has to stretch the truth and make Boxer's comments more comical by referring to global warming as "weather."
Let's forget for a moment that Fiorina's comments basically mean she doesn't consider global warming a threat to our way of life at all (way to think of your grandkids), but she is severely undermining our common sense by comparing it to the trivial atmospheric conditions of the day. In doing so, she is not only hoping, but expecting, that through fear or utter amazement, we'll agree with her comments. Which means she and her campaign think we are either dense, stupid, aloof, or no offense to all the young smart kids out there - 10-years-old.
Staying in the Golden State, Republican Meg Whitman — another new female "kid" on the political block — is hoping to become the next governor of California. She is running against democratic nominee Jerry Brown.
In her quest for the Republican nomination, she hit the airwaves (over and over and over again) with advertisements trying to convince us that she was much different than any of her contenders. And even more so, than those already in charge.
"I'm running for governor to clean up the mess those politicians have made in Sacramento," she said.
Not only does she reference politicians in the third person, but she does so as if it was a four-letter word. Apparently those darn politicians have been doing pretty well for us since the dawn of our constitution, but all of a sudden because we are in a very stagnant economic situation, we are supposed to think of them as horrible, incompetent, ogres?