Skip to content

Political speech prolongs policy difficultiles

One benefit we can expect from Tuesday’s election is that some misleading, hyperbolic, and outright fraudulent advertising will come to an end. Granted, political speech is an essential part of our form of government, so you might say it’s a cost of democracy. Unfortunately, though, campaign speech shapes the political culture, making it that much harder to fix outstanding problems. I would give some examples, but they all blur together at this point. So I say, “bring on election day!” On Wednesday morning, we will stay face misleading, hyperbolic, and outright fradulent advertising. But it will be limited to advertising put out by commercial interests, which, unlike government, we are often free to ignore.

First published on True North.