Politics is not one of my many personal foci.
I am a social liberal(very liberal) and a fiscal liberal to moderate(I’d like some accountability for where my tax money goes, thanks!)
I find the mudslinging, dirt digging, stump shouting of the frustrating season all very, very tedious and exhausting. The fear mongering and the blatant stupidity that comes from what at other times are reasonable, intelligent people is worthless. The lies and the “he said, he said” crap is annoying. And the level of negativity is toxic.
Extensive fact checking is necessary to find out what the real issues are.
Many years ago I read a suggestion in the Rocky Mountain News(it was back in the late 80’s, early 90’s and I don’t remember who wrote it), that said, forget all the campaigning, forget the debates and television ads and people coming to your door. Let’s have all political candidates fight with hand to hand weapons in death matches in Bronco stadium, with the last person standing getting whatever office they were fighting for. Sell tickets, put it on pay per view, and eliminate annoying campaigning and the state budget deficit at the same time.
I love this idea. I don’t see it catching on, but it would be satisfying to watch.
This years frustrating season is even more strident, more fearful, more, well, just more frustrating than usual. With Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch, I’m just like you.” campaign, like witches are NOT just like every one else, with mortgages and family concerns and money troubles.
Or the racist/sexist/fundamentalist accusations against the Tea Party. I don’t personally know if these are true, but I’ve heard some pretty outrageous things about a woman’s right to choose, rape cases and homosexuality come out of our local Tea Party candidate, Ken Buck. To be fair, I’ve also read endorsements of the Tea Party by respected Heathens in other states.
But despite my distaste/deep disgust for the people playing and how they play, I always vote.
I get involved in my local politics, I go to school board meetings and city council meetings.
Because to protect my rights, and your rights, and everyone else’s rights, even if I don’t agree with them, is a civic duty. And like a muscle, if you don’t exercise your rights, eventually you can’t use them.
So go out and vote. Be part of the change you want to see in the world.
Isaac Bonewits wrote a great article about fundamentalism, politics, and why we should care. Read it, think about it. Because if you don’t change things, someone else will.
Of course, your mileage will most certainly vary