The abundance of political commentary, campaigning in 2016 versus what it was in 2000 or 1990 or 1980 would seem incomparable. Yet those who control what is said, how often it is said, and how to slant what is heard still exist even in an age which seems to allow anyone to enter the realm of communication and commentary, without criteria previously held as a barrier.
Resources in 1980 to research or even discover evidence to support or disallow a candidate were limited to print and the electronic medium; which was for the most part radio & television. An elite group of university students, faculty, and alumni had access to “the internet” but it was not a world wide web…yet.
Subscription to periodicals, whether a daily newspaper or weekly/monthly magazines, peaked in 1989-1990 so it is safe to say most Americans of voting age were still garnering information by print in 1980 and even in 1990.
Inundation by mail would also peak, but not until 2000. Direct campaign mailers are still popular and utilized but the majority of mailers are pacts with no alliance to a party or candidate. They are a means for a hefty and quick source of income by consultants veiled as slate mailers. They are pitched as a last low cost, albeit deceptive, means for name recognition and little content by repetition to voters.
So how does this relate to raisins?
Those admirable and wonderful servicemen serving in the Pacific during World War Two, are familiar with the use of raisins to disguise the massive infestation of mosquitoes, flies, and other insects which dropped into the food, the bread dough, etc. The infantrymen, navigating the jungles of islands to prepare a means for the wave of Marines in the yearlong battle of Guadalcanal will also attest to the best efforts of the cooks to make meals palatable under the worst conditions. And yet they persevered because they had sworn allegiance to the tenets of our Constitution, they had hopes of a family to return home to or nurture in the future, they had leadership who encouraged them to press on for the preservation of freedom and a better world.
The conveniences, freedoms, and inventions we enjoy are the efforts and result of those who chose to defend your future at great risk and cost. What they had for a meal, often under fire from an unrelenting enemy, had raisins designed to disguise or make palatable the still distinguishable inundation of insects, flies, and mosquitoes.
So how is it we the grandchildren and great grandchildren of these honorable men and women, American Veterans from the Pacific theater, dare pick and complain at the inundation of material and media campaigning during a Presidential election, all while in the safety and convenience of our homes, cars, and meeting halls.