Opinion

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right (Amy Myers)

Today marks the anniversary of the terrorist attack that shook the nation. Year after year, Americans pay their respects to the heroes and victims lost to members of the al-Qaeda militant group. So naturally, the presidential candidates follow this precedent by halting all negative campaigning until tomorrow. But who put the idea in their heads that negative campaigning was acceptable any other day?
As Election Day draws nearer, Americans are forced to hear the banter of President Barack Obama and republican competitor Mitt Romney between commercial breaks on a daily basis. The attacks become more malicious and intimate, questioning where the line is drawn for this mudslinging. Suddenly, the election is no longer about why we should vote for one side, but has now developed into why we should not vote for the other side. The desperation for support of swing states has reached the point where both sides of the election struggle to find ways to win them over. However, dedicated party members suffer to hear the tireless squabble that has them anticipating the end of the election.
It seems immature that the way these candidates pay tribute by postponing the gossip they’ll publish until September 12. This kind of quarrel should not be present in the first place. Instead of attacking the opponents mistakes, they should be correcting their own. In their efforts to damage their opponents reputation, the candidates have lost sight of what this election represents. The future. Instead of proving to America that they have learned from their past faults, they remain stuck in the past. With this type of attitude, Obama and Romney are hurting themselves more than helping the country.
It is understood that as Election Day creeps closer, the campaigning methods become more intense. However, it is not necessary for the public to be constantly flooded with negative advertisements. This deep in the campaign, all americans can do now is hope for November 6 to arrive a little sooner.

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