By Teresa Welsh |
Liar. Immoral. Heartless. Weak. Duplicitous. Unfit. Coward. Nuts. Dangerous. Felon. Killer. These epithets are not from the 2012 presidential campaign. They're merely a few of the more ugly insults and slurs that have colored previous presidential elections.
Joseph Cummins sums it up best: "Probably the only clean election in American history was the first one, in 1789, in which George Washington ran unopposed."
A few of history's lowlights:
Past campaigns were not high-minded debates over the issues. Negative attacks and character assassinations have long been part of our history. The only thing different today is that thanks to the nature of the Internet and round-the-clock news every slanderous charge gets amplified and spread around the country at the click of a button. Still, the truth is as President Harry S. Truman observed, "The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know."
About Lara Brown Author of 'Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants'
Jamie Chandler Political Scientist at Hunter College
Brad Bannon President of Bannon Communications Research