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Make way for cyber shrapnel

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I am 65, retired, and have voted in every election since I was legally qualified to vote for a candidate that I felt deserved to be elected. With the onset of political debates on every level, there will be an overwhelming increase in the barrage of political ads, talking heads and various cyber shrapnel that are designed to motivate me to vote for or against a particular politico or political philosophy. The following are my definitions or interpretations of some of the jargon used in today’s political gristmill: Gaffe – an off-script, probably truthful statement, or close to it. Misspoke – caught in telling a lie. Misstep – telling a lie out of sequence. Back-peddling – an effort to neutralize a statement or lie. Taking the Cool Aid – believing a lie, reference to the (Jonestown) mass suicide. Double-down – the reinforcement of a previous questionable statement or position. Spin – statements made to be perceived as more acceptable by gullible voters. Kick the can down the road – ignoring necessary action or responsibility to act. Thrown under the bus – deliberate actions or statements made to trash someone. Taken out of context – selective statements to create doubt in gullible voters. Entitlements – our money selectively handed out by politicos looking for votes. Middle class – mostly what everybody once was or wants to be, and the majority of voters. One trillion – an incomprehensible number with 12 zeros. Measured in seconds, one-trillion equals 1,688 years. Rock star status – what a politico thinks the voters see. Making it clear – the assumption that the voter is unable to comprehend the context of a statement as it is being said. Zinger – a snappy statement made during a debate, relates to rock star status. New normal – expected philosophy that is to be acceptance by all, abandon past beliefs and honesty. Undecided voters – a person that has not been paying attention. I would encourage every legal voter to examine the political rhetoric closely and realize that your vote counts in your future and the shaping of America. Jim Petruk, Auburn