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 magazine, peaked in 1989-1990 so it is safe to say most Americans of voting age were still garnering information in the 1980’s and even in 1990 by print media.
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 serviceman serving in the Pacific during World War Two, were too 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, would also attest to the best efforts of the cooks to make meals palatable under the worst conditions. Yet, they persevered because they had sworn allegiance to the tenets of our Constitution, they had hopes to return home to their family or nurture one in the future, and most importantly they had leadership who encouraged them to press on for the preservation of freedom and to secure a better world.
The conveniences, freedoms, and inventions we enjoy are the efforts and result of those who resolved 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.