So what’s a “slogan,” anyway? According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the word was first used in the political sense in 1704, borrowed from the Geilic “sluagh-ghairm, ” the battle cry of Scottish Highland or Irish clans.
In this year’s ugly presidential race, we have slogans ranging from Hillary’s bland “Stronger Together” to Donald’s dog-whistling “Make America Great Again.”
You call those battle cries? Take a look at the campaign of 1884 when Grover Cleveland & James Blaine duked it out with attack slogans.
Cleveland went after Blaine for his unethical dealings with the railroad industry: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the Continental Liar From the State of Maine.”
Here’s Blaine lambasting Cleveland who had fathered a child out of wedlock: “Ma, Ma, Where’s My Pa? Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha.”
Seriously I suspect the ugliness of the 2016 campaign will not end with the election results. It’s not news that we’ve become a polarized society, & I suspect there are some fractured families & relationships that might never be repaired.
While I don’t like Hillary, she has my vote–I have ten dollars riding on her, & I fear Donald, a man who delights in stirring up hostilities & whose foundation rests on lies & broken promises. But he seems to have convinced a lot of disenfranchised people that he’s their savior. I feel for those people. They deserve better.
While I have strong feelings, I don’t want those feelings to get in the way of friendship. So I’ll end this post with a slogan of my own: “Let the Healing Begin.”
What are your thoughts?