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Wisconsinites Tired of Politics

   To say America’s 2020 presidential election is creating extreme emotions might be an understatement. After enduring so many health, political and social justice issues already this year, many Americans are frustrated with the country’s leadership, or lack thereof. No matter what, people are tired of politics.

   “I feel like the country is quickly approaching a breaking point,” said Shane Simplot of Beloit, Wisconsin. “Politically, we are more divided than we have been in decades. I think if Trump wins in November, more cities will burn. I think if Biden wins in November, more cities will burn. We’ve spent the better part of the last decade dehumanizing the other side of our political beliefs and it’s going to come to a head.”

   In many instances, mainstream media campaigns and political ads are falling on deaf ears. The negativity of the ads combined with the frequency of delivery is turning people away from paying any attention.

   “I get so tired of seeing attack ads,” said Danielle Aubrey of Janesville, Wisconsin. “It’s one thing to put out an ad for yourself but I get so tired of tired of the attack ads. I get even more tired of random political texts from people I don’t know asking for my opinion.”

   Aubrey said she makes an effort to look at issues very objectively to get a handle on the big picture of politics. She doesn’t fully support one party over another and wishes a candidate would emerge whose policies and ideas would run down the middle of both major parties, she said.

   “There never seems to be one person who runs that sits in the middle and is objective,” she said. “And if there is such a person, they run Libertarian and have almost no backing and don’t get far.”

   Orfordville, Wisconsin resident Arthur Hauri doesn’t listen to or watch political ads because he feels they don’t provide an accurate assessment of the candidates. Hearing directly from candidates is a better way to assess their ideas and policies, he said.

   “Campaign ads on all sides I tune out,” Hauri said. “Ads are slimy and you don’t develop a true picture. I will pay attention to town halls and debates and the candid words come from the candidate’s mouths rather than a scripted, overly-produced campaign advertisement.”

   For Brodhead, Wisconsin resident Jay Kennedy, religion plays an important role in deciding how to vote. He continues to notice how the Democratic party is open about removing God from every aspect of Americans’ lives.

   “In some parts of the country, even going to church is under attack,” Kennedy said. “They are removing ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance, they perform abortions without conviction, they celebrate criminals while defunding police, they support “protesting” and that it has no effect on covid but ban high school graduations. We can shop at Wal-Mart but we can’t vote in person.”

   Kennedy said he has learned politics have become quite hypocritical and he continues to tune out Democratic commercials. His voting decision is made.

   “I am not voting for the man Donald Trump,” he said. “But as president, he has gotten more done in three-plus years than any of the presidents in my lifetime.”

   Mike Shoemaker of Evansville, Wisconsin has a similar view to Kennedy’s. But Shoemaker understands how this election is causing heartache and anxiety for most Americans because of extreme polarization.

   “I do support President Trump but do not like him or worship him,” Shoemaker said. “He’s arrogant and should not be talking. He should be a better example to the American public. However, he’s not a career politician and I appreciate that.”

Mary Hookham

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