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Heeding Proverbs 17:28, I’ve been keeping my thoughts to myself about the upcoming presidential race.
The notion that “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues,” is pretty sound advice.
But I’ve finally had enough. No, it’s not soliciting phone calls, mass mailings, polls or a daily bombardment of e-mails that have me at the breaking point.
I’m really startin’ to believe late night television host Jay Leno has a valid argument. We’d probably be better off to model the 2012 presidential race like the NFL and bring in replacement candidates.
For that matter, it’s not the incessant political commercials – along with who did, or did not endorse them – that is forcing me to speak out.
I received a news release on Oct. 2, the gist of which, revolves around the color of ties candidates wear in presidential debates and what it means. (Yes, the candidates did have on colored ties in the Wednesdy, Oct. 3, debate in Colorado.)
According to Broadway World, a fashion publication, red ties have outnumbered blue ties by a 13 to 5 margin since the Bush-Gore presidential debates of 2000.
“We all think of the political issues, but who ever really considers what a politician’s tie is saying about them? It has become a fact that a necktie has a definite political meaning and is an advertisement in itself, said fashion stylist Sarah McManus. “Overall, whether it’s a handshake, a smile, or the ties themselves, a tie is a very calculated statement.”
Not that I care, but just what does a red tie say about a person?
According to a 2010 article in Esquire Magazine, shades of red and crimson are seen as a power symbol in both the business and political spheres.
It has also been associated with love.
Not only that, according to “Live Science,” athletes who wear red are known to outperform their opponents, in part because referees cut the red-clad competitors some slack, researchers discovered.
However, there is another hidden, somewhat shady meaning of red ties that elected officials and Wall Street financiers probably aren’t aware of.
The Esquire article goes on to say that in 1915, British physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis documented a much different symbolism.
“Male prostitutes who walk the streets of Philadelphia and New York almost invariably wear red neckties. It is the badge of all their tribe. Among my classmates, at the medical school, few ever had the courage to wear a red tie; those who did never repeated the experiment.”
Talk about a walking “For Sale” sign.
Now what about the blue tie, which is the opposite on the color spectrum?
A blue tie projects a calm and conservative presence, and is a traditionally masculine color, according to Leatrice Eiseman, who wrote, “Color: Messages and Meanings.”
It is the tie color of choice for a leader whose style is built around a quiet, steadfast and dependable authority.
A study by the University of British Columbia found while red is the most effective at enhancing attention to detail, blue boosts the ability to think creatively.
The blue tie projects a calm and conservative presence, and is a traditionally masculine color. If you want to be known as the person who doesn’t manage by yelling, screaming, intimidating and threats, blue is the best color for you.
“Through associations with the sky, the ocean and water, most people associate blue with openness, peace and tranquility,” said Juliet Zhu, who led the UBC study. “The benign cues make people feel safe about being creative and exploratory. Not surprisingly it is people’s favorite color.”
OK, that part of the great tie debate of 2012, I understand.
What I can’t grasp is how the color of a tie impacts Afghanistan, terrorism, government entitlements, immigration, a massive national debt and rising deficit, a sluggish economy, bank bailouts, education and environmental issues. Maybe necktie patterns can solve all of that. Nothing else seems to work.
Now, I have learned one valuable lesson through all of this whimsical tie color nonsense. Since purple is a mixture of red and blue, I’ll be wearing my purple tie this election day.
That way, no one can say I’m biased.
By the way, my purple tie does have one hidden symbolism that can’t be overlooked.
It’s a clear indication I’m wearing my purple dress shirt.