Josh attempts to tackle the reasoning behind, and history of, negative political campaigning. Diabetes is also a topic as Deann Beard and Cheri Ferris join Josh to talk about a free program being offered in the area for pre-diabetic people.
Negative politicking is something a lot of people talk about, and rarely in a positive light. Ask any number of "people on the street" about how they feel, or what they think, about attack ads and negative political campaigns, and you'll likely get a majority of people saying they don't like it, it doesn't work, or they wish it wouldn't happen.
Looking through the history of political campaigns in the U.S., you'll find a large number of extremely dirty campaigns - some that would make even the most negative modern ad seem like a compliment. One political feud ended in a duel. A duel. The two men, back to back, walked ten paces, turned, and shot at each other. Aaron Burr came out wanted for murder, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had an extremely ugly race in 1800 when a Pro-Adams newspaper predicted that if Jefferson were elected, "murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes."
Compared to campaigns like that, our current campaigns seem light-hearted to some. Still, the negative campaigning and attacks ads really weight on people. So why do they continue? According to some studies, it's a matter of emotion and psychology. While negative campaigning hasn't been shown to sway voters tremendously, or increase voter turnout, it tends to get undecided voters to look further into specific issues - often inspiring them to vote one way or the other. With the political line drawn almost precisely down the middle of the country, campaign strategists look toward the minority of the population that can be swayed to vote for the "other" party or "other" candidate. That's where the attack ads and negative campaigning come in.
Agree or disagree, negative campaigning is not likely to go anywhere anytime soon. 'Tis up to the electorate to educate themselves and vote with their conscience.
On a different topic, Deann Beard and Cheri Ferris joined Josh to discuss diabetes. The ladies talked about what diabetes is, the different between type I and type II, what the disease does or can do, and how to help prevent it.
The two, along with one other person, through the Volunteers of America in Lewellen, are offering prevention classes in the area for those who are at risk of developing Type II Diabetes. The classes are free to eligible persons and involve weight loss training, exercise and group counseling. A class is in progress in Lewellen, one will be offered in Deuel County and one will be offered in the Oshkosh/Lisco area.
If you would like more information, or you'd like to sign up for a class, contact the Volunteers of America in Lewellen at 308.778.5548.
Segment 1 - Josh opens the show:
Segment 2 - Discussion:
Segment 3 - Deann Beard & Cheri Ferris:
Segment 4 - Josh closes the show:
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