Don’t Fight for Me

For years politicians have been trying all kinds of ways to get your vote.  There is a particular method of solicitation that has always bothered me.  I am sure you have seen more than an ad or two where the carefully staged candidate says to the camera “Send me to Washington where I will fight for you!”  They typically try to look as tough or earnest as possible. These are usually democrats, but republicans will use this tactic as well.   There must be some marketing research that shows this works on people, or else we wouldn’t be subjected to it every election season.  If I actually wanted someone to fight for me, the last person I would think of is some politician.  This has always come across as sort of creepy, and not fitting of their job description.  Who are you fighting with?  Why are you fighting in the first place?

Maybe this line is supposed to brunt some of the criticism of politicians as being sort of slippery and not sticking to principles.  It’s bad enough that you have to declare allegiance to any of these politicians.  It is also a shame that they have enough power over our lives to actually be important.  It really would be ideal if they were inconsequential to your life.  The best government would be one we barely notice.  I thought they were supposed to go to D.C. to solve problems, reach across the aisle, and be bipartisan to get things done.  Isn’t that the opposite of fighting?

Perhaps this “Fight for you”, conjures up some sort of gladiator picture in the viewer’s mind.  Even if it does initially, when you look up and you don’t see anyone who resembles Russell Crowe, you have to be disappointed.  Maybe the whole advertising angle needs to be rethought.  Use this type of statement only in radio ads.  This way the voter wouldn’t have to see the wimpy guy who is supposed to be fighting for us.

Another issue with this line of campaigning is our cynicism of politicians.  They often are trusted slightly less than car salesman.  They are also very ineffective in their work, and rarely get things done to our liking.  It would be more to your advantage to find out whoever your particular politician is fighting against, and try to get that person or group on your side.  This way when your politician predictably fails, you will win.

If we can get past this sound of fingernails on the chalkboard as we hear this “fight for you” pitch my advice to politicians would be the following…Set out a series of principles, convey them to the voters, keep those principles when you go to Washington, and work with people to get things done while not abandoning those principles.  Put your swords down and get to work on making yourselves insignificant.

Author Bio:

Michael has been an editor and contributor at the website www.freemarketsfreepeople.net for over 2 years. He has over 20+ years of diverse business experience, from running complex operations where he managed hundreds of people, to starting and running small businesses such as www.realinterestfund.com. He is blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a logical mind which he uses to analyze government, media, politics, and culture. He believes that his life experiences help him bring a unique perspective to the issues of the day.
  • jujubeebee

    The Obama campaign is great with the one liners~middle out?, binders, big bird, romnesia.   We are not hiring Don Draper of Mad Men to be president.   We want a leader.   Obama thinks he is a celebrity.   Otherwise why is he only going on The View, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart?      Obama is targeting the ignorant voter and it bugs me that is what he thinks of Americans.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    So many silly liberals believe that shooting their mouths off is actually fighting. You can see that on the internet.  After the ecomic collapse, however, the day will come . .

  • G. Daylan

    I agree that a politician posing as a fighter is humorous at best and disgusting at least.  Politicians were the nerds at school who gave their lunch  money to the cool kids in order to not be beaten up.  That’s one reasonwhy they  propose solutions that involve throwing the people’s money at the problem.  (Pork is the other.)  Whenever a candidate promises to  “fight for me” I start to look for a better fighter.

  • Patrick

    Politicians should just come out and say, “I promise I’ll do absolutely nothing” or “I promise to do whatever I think will get me reelected.” Heck, everyone already knows that’s what they’re doing.

    • Wheels55

      Ron Paul promised the first one, Obama has been living the second one.

  • Msmary

    Many issues are affected by this election and worthy of discussion, but this particular piece is not worthy of much at all.  REALLY???  We know what the politicians mean.  Knit picking at best.  Surely your words on a valuable web site like this one, merit more thought provoking discussion than the ads that annoy you.  Come on, dig a little deeper, it sounded like my 16 yr discussing her annoying brothers music.   

    • venter

      Read it again. 

  • Lloyd

    The only thing a politician really fights for is his/her own political future.
    WHatever happened to the discussion of term limits

  • venter

    Michael you did it again !  I am walking around my home thinking about the people I would like to have fighting for me. I  have a long list , however I  will a  mention a few that cover a large area  Dirty Harry, Batman, Spiderman, Joan of Arc, Mohamond Ali,  Popeye,   G.I.Joe,  Sniper (from  Dora), Uylesse Grant,  Martin Luther King Jr., Audie Murphy  Richard Marcinko,  Obama (OOPS He seems to be fighting for the people who are out to harm  the USA) Those I  mentioned  knew how to fight and finish a job.  They  didn’t back down and had ”back bone”.  
    If we cut off our politicians credit cards, and they went home,  rather than having apartments in D.C.  they would be remind  that they are servants for the public . The would be near us.  They’ve given themselves Sooooooooooooooo many perks they  fought  only  for THEMSELVES.  Our Washington representatives  lost touch with reality and now we have  a HORRIBLE economy,  7.8% unemployment ? ,  scary security!   WASHINGTON STOP THE  FIGHTING you are non of the above.
    Michael your  last paragraph say it all!