Politics mimic TV ads

I would offer an opinion that somewhere near 90 percent of the TV ads are indeed phonies
By John Pierre | Dec 20, 2012

"BUT WAIT!  If you order right now we'll double your order!"  How many times a day, if you watch some television, are you inundated by that offer to buy a highly questionable and often useless item touted as not being available in stores?

There's a sucker born every minute.  How do we know which ads are the phonies?

Granted some legitimate offerings are made through the medium of radio and TV but they are pitifully few.  Even the apparent legitimate ads makes one wonder.

What about the ad that proudly announces that gold has never been worth zero?  Big deal.  Neither has horse manure.

I would offer an opinion that somewhere near 90 percent of the TV ads are indeed phonies.

We are presented with everything from a miracle substance capable of making hair grow on a cantaloupe to a pill that will surely enhance your highly anticipated amorous activities.

These are reminiscent of the snake oil offerings presented from the back of the soon-to-depart-in-the-middle-of-the-night-horse-drawn wagons roaming from town to town in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The magic elixirs were presented as cures for everything from dandruff to incontinence to in-grown toenails.

Today's ads are equally as forcefully presenting such balderdash knowing that a certain percentage of TV viewers are gullible enough to fall for them.

The offerings are often for an item that is priced at $19.99.  Then, after the screaming carnival barker comes to a crescendo, he offers the should-be-giveaway exclamation... "BUT WAIT!"  Nearly always there's a "but wait" involved.

You are advised that, if you call and order in the next five minutes,  you will be blessed with double or even triple the initial farcicle product plus other enticements for the same $19.99.

And, in a still small voice, "Plus only shipping and handling."

Considering that this same ad will run 15 times in any 24 hour period and for weeks on end, it would seem that the "call in the next five  minutes" requirement would cause a realization among even the dumbest of us that something isn't quite legitimate.

There must be a lot of dumb people out there or how would the sponsors of these snake oil presentations be able to afford the hundreds of ads at massive expense?

Yes... there are many not-too-bright people in this land of the free.  How else can we explain some of the incompetents who are elected to offices of great state or national importance?

BUT WAIT!  Eventually some of these voters will grow older and realize that the ignorance of their aging, ex-hippie, collegiate-professors-sponsored-indoctrinations during their youthful and easily persuadable days, affecting their voting practices, won't even cost $19.99.

It'll just cost a few decades of life experiences.

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