It’s the election year, so I might as well pull out the often used John F. Kennedy inauguration phrase, of “Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country." So what are you doing these days? Me? Zip for our country because we are too screwed up, and this column is too short for any details or solutions from me…but I believe John was suggesting helping others so I took his lead and helping a lot for nonprofits makes me proud and happy.
The national elections…what a crazy time…I’m in my late 60’s and I thought I have seen it all, but this year is nuts in so many ways. In grammar school I remember “I like IKE” buttons to the first TV debates with Nixon and Kennedy. Now we get a debate whether we want it or not every day. Facebook (who could foresee that outlet) comments are funny, sad, informative and plentiful. This maybe the year to vote and I would not wait till after work…you may be in line a long time. Mail your ballot in.
But what upsets me the most is not the fact the two choices are so lame or the high school rhetoric but how can so many people donate so much money to these national candidates, who have foundations and are damn wealthy. Do you really think your $27 is going to make a difference? The only people making out on this are ad agencies, radio and TV stations and the media. Just think if people donated half of their money they just invested in politicians to a nonprofit or starting a new biz…now that would make a difference we could all be proud of. John would have approved.
Al Maag is author of the book "Social Media Isn't Social" available on Amazon.com; and a principal at MaagComm+