Having the wisdom of many summers, the Mad One is not crazy enough to wade into the arena of political debate. And particularly not this year.
After all, our Mad Gringo fans span all creeds, allegiances, and loyalties. The last thing the Mad Gringo wants to do is insult either the fans of Arnold Dump, or Killery Hinton (those are their names, right?). Let’s face it, there’s just no upside, no matter how right I might be about them.
Nor will I disparage any of the fringe candidates, some of whom seem poised to achieve new high water marks in their continuing battle to achieve recognition and relevance.
I must, however, rail against the unprecedented number of robocalls I’ve received during this election cycle.
We at MG might be slightly behind the times when it comes to technology.
I swear I’ve had to listen to the telephone ring a minimum of twenty politically-related times a day during the month of September. And it only seems to be getting worse. While some of these accursed interruptions are easily dispense with (seriously, does anyone actually answer a call from “800 SERVICE”?), a few of the political call robots have become alarmingly more sophisticated. Why just this morning I was lured into answering a call sporting a local Caller ID number. Of course, it turned out to be the paid lackeys of one of the two major campaigns, attempting to scam me for money by presenting a paper thin “survey.”
The worst thing – there is no way to complain to a live person and no way to stop them. Dump the landline and go mobile only, you say? I get these calls on my cell, too. Sign up for the “Do Not Call” list, you may opine? I have. Unfortunately, charitable organizations and political organizations are currently exempt from "Do Not Call." I can kind of understand the rationale when it comes to charitable organizations, but political entities? Really?
There ought to be a law!
Of course, there never will be such a law. Allowing this nonsense to continue serves the interests of both political parties.
Maybe I’ll unplug altogether. I could go with a bullhorn to communicate to friends and family.
Might make me a little horse, but at least I could avoid all this political yammering.