There it is again in the Republican Town Committee’s ad in the new Advisor: “the constant negativity, criticism and rhetoric that is permeating our community from our political opposition.”
Is speaking in favor of open, ethical government “negative”?
Is asking town officials to follow laws “negative”?
And what’s wrong with “criticism”? Criticism is what people do in a free, democratic society, and what people can’t do in an authoritarian society.
Criticism is nothing more than analysis. It's not negative, except when people who don't like to have their actions analyzed use it in a negative manner.
And rhetoric? Rhetoric is how one expresses one’s political opinions. It’s certainly how the Republicans express theirs. Why is it bad when Democrats and Independents do it?
Nothing is more negative than attacking people for their “negativity.” What it means is that the Republican Town Committee wants us to be silent, to not express our views, to not criticize them. If you don’t want to be criticized, get out of politics.
"Negativity" is the sound a machine makes when it's low on oil, and the metal's losing its mettle.