Whatever the reason, here we go again. Democratic congressional candidate Andre Carson is smiling his way through TV commercials and photo ops, while supporters discreetly drop negative fliers into mailboxes across the 7th District.
Carson is all hope and optimism when he stands behind a microphone. Meanwhile, his supporters are using the U.S. Postal Service to do their dirty work.
If you live in the 7th, you've probably received a few mailers sent by the state Democratic Party on Carson's behalf. They seek to make sure we all know Carson's opponent, Republican state Rep. Jon Elrod, would destroy the country if elected to the congressional seat long held by Carson's grandmother.
"Jon Elrod would privatize Social Security . . . risking your guaranteed monthly benefits by gambling them in the stock market," reads an inaccurate Carson mailer sent out last week.
To amplify the point, the mailer includes an image of a torn Social Security card. Yes, that type of puffed-up political spin is sure to spur a healthy discussion of one of the nation's most important, and politically thorny, programs.
The Democrat's politicization of social security every damn election is the reason Congress cannot find a permanent fix for the broken system. Retirees get their benefit increases every year, while the solvency of the system becomes ever so precarious. Carson's campaign has devoted so much time trying to scare senior citizens because they know senior citizens as a group are the most likely to vote in what will probably be a low vote turnout on Tuesday. Who cares if his campaign mailers deliberately lie to voters about Elrod's position? As long as he wins on Tuesday, that's all that matters to Carson and the Democrats.