Before you read any further, understand that I am a patriot, and I love my country. I am an Army brat whose father served until retirement, attaining the highest enlisted rank he could attain in the military. My father-in-law is a retired Army officer who, after retirement, continued to work as a civilian on Ft. Bragg until the disease caused by his service in Vietnam overtook his body. My sister-in-law is already the rank her father was at retirement and currently serves our country with pride. My husband is a veteran of two wars, is still in the National Guard, and serves our country in Afghanistan.
I LOVE the United States of America.
All that said, it occurred to me this morning that October 1st is tomorrow. That makes election day less than 5 weeks away.
I used to be heavily involved in politics. So heavily involved, in fact, that Scott’s going home from the hospital outfit was covered in elephants. But in the last two or so years, I’ve really been turned off by the whole political scene. Last year, I contacted the local party to find out when the meetings were to be held, but I just didn’t have any desire or drive to go to them.
The fact of the matter is, there isn’t a thing about politics that appeals to me anymore. I don’t think any party is any different than the other, and I don’t know that, at least on a national level, any politician could be found who is a righteous man by the time that Washington D.C. gets done with him.
I don’t have cable. I don’t have the box that allows you to pick up television signals. I don’t get the newspaper. Unless it’s on K-Love or someone is talking about it on Facebook, I don’t get any news at all.
I’ve been thinking that maybe I should at least start reading my local newspaper online and get a feel of the people running for office and who and what they are, but when I sat down to my computer today to start digging, it occurred to me that I just.don’t.care.
Wow. I cannot tell you how passionate I used to be about politics. I had my list of talk shows I listened to every day and would stream on the internet if I missed them. I have a shelf full of books, signed by the authors, in my living room. On top of my desk is a talking Ann Coulter doll. I was on the lawn of the courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2000 with my “Sore Looserman” tee shirt. It used to abhor me that people could name top rookie pics from 1976 but couldn’t name their state representatives. But, as I type this, it occurs to me that I don’t even know the name of our governor.
In the last 60 or so years, politics has taken such an evil, downhill turn. And on this downhill slope, it snowballed and snowballed until it’s this horrible, crusty, nasty cesspool of hate and maliciousness and cheating and lies. Removing myself from politics by moving, then isolating myself away from it by turning off news sources, I can see it for what it is so much clearer now. And I have absolutely NO desire to reacquaint myself with it.
So, election day just a few weeks away just really doesn’t mean much to me now. Maybe that will change in the future. Maybe the hate won’t be so voracious. Maybe each party will get a real leader who isn’t just a mouthpiece for drivel. Maybe, but not likely.
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Someone asked me at the office yesterday if I knew when the voting days were. It took me a second to figure out what they meant, because like you, I. Just. Don’t. Care. Anymore.
I care about law making, but not the policy makers. I care about who is elected to our judiciary. I have NO faith in elected officials (on either side of the political spectrum).
I can honestly say that I haven’t earnestly debated a candidate since the Presidential election. I. don’t. care. Here in California, we have “hot” races in the making. But, I have learned that it doesn’t matter who is in charge up there.
I thought maybe you were feeling this way. I remember when you were so involved and passionate about politics and the Republican party. I understand the loss of interest, the feeling that it doesn’t make any difference, and that all politicians are the same. However, when I read your post, I couldn’t help but think of the quote about when good men/women do nothing. I can’t help but worry about what kind of country our children will be living in, because so many people have given up on our leaders and the ability to make a difference. I get so disgusted so many times with what is going on in Washington, from both sides of the aisle. I try to do my part and pick the person that best represents my beliefs and then, I just have to believe that in this as in with all things, God is in charge and that it is in his hands.
I have no faith in the two reigning factions because they are one and the same anymore. I have also lost faith in the American public to do anything about it. There are law makers who want to make a difference. They come in packages called Libertarian, Constitutionalist, or Independent. If more people would vote for those instead of insisting that we have to vote R or D or the other one will get in (Didnt work last election, by the way), the fat cats that are currently running the show will either get voted out or they will realize their days are numbered unless they suddenly remember they work for us.
Pedro for President
I am so with you, Hallee. Before Matt and I met I was not into politics at all. Then I went through a several-year period where I was heavily into it. It made me so stressed, I can’t take it anymore.