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T-minus 12 days until HALLOWEEN! I always loved Halloween and the concept of the holiday itself. The idea that, for that one day, it was socially acceptable to be wearing a costume and asking people for candy. It’s been a while since I’ve REALLY celebrated Halloween, and by REALLY celebrating it, I mean going all out and going trick-or-treating with my friends, but nevertheless, the spirit of Halloween is still in me and I hope it’s the same with all of you guys out there too!
When I first read this fact, it automatically brought back the memories of my past Halloweens. In my elementary and middle schools, we were allowed to wear our costumes to school and at the end of the day, there would be a big Halloween Parade where our parents would come to take pictures as we all walked around in a big circle in our costumes. All of my friends had nice costumes, to princesses, to Star Wars characters, to ghosts, but one of my friends never failed to make us laugh with his costume: George Bush. All you could see was a little guy walking in with a George Bush mask and suit saying “Vote for Me!” At the time, it didn’t seem like such a big deal, it was just another Halloween costume. But now that I look at it now, I see how much of influence political figures can have, not just in the political sector, but in the consumer world as well.
When you think of political candidates, you tend to think about their beliefs and their goals to change this country for what they see as “better,” but nowadays, politics has branched out entirely. Besides going to various towns and meeting with “the people,” political figures are trying to make themselves noticed in society through the one market that every American is a part of: the consumer market. They put their faces on t-shirts and coffee mugs, and have life size cut outs of themselves. I mean, I love Obama as a person, but I would not prefer to wake up every morning to a carboard cut out of his staring back at me, but hey, that’s just me. The fact that political figures have made their way in the children’s market through Halloween costumes shows me how politics these days, aren’t limited to news channels and Washington D.C., but rather, they are found almost everywhere.
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