It seems like every political advertisement I see on television is a slam on the opposing view or candidate. Nobody is playing up their own strengths anymore - it's all about slinging mud.
If this is a proven method of getting more votes for oneself, the state of the American nation is very sad indeed. To me, that shows a genuine lack of character. To me, that is underhanded. It is OK to point out why they think the other side is wrong in a civilized fashion - but nobody really cares about civility when it comes to the world of politics. Come to think about it, they never really did.
Another thing about political ads that I despise - the ones that claim to show an average citizen, and then having him or her speak out against a bill being presented before voters as if they were some kind of fucking expert on the matter. Really, who the hell is that fooling? It seems like no average citizen is an expert on any of the issues anymore. Hell, even most of the politicians are no experts on any of the issues. I would be arrogant if I said I was an expert on knowledge of any such things, because I most certainly am not. Most people seem to look at every issue with complete and utter tunnel vision, only wanting to see what they want to see. Ah, that is the culture of the world around me. And I find that to be a very bleak picture, indeed.