Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Or Did We Just Backslide?

May 4, 2017

When I was growing up I remember reading about some of the ridiculous things that used to happen on the floor of Congress, things like deeply personal insults, childish ridicule, duels and even gunshots.  I remember wondering at the time when all that changed.

These days I find myself wondering if it ever did.

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If It Wouldn’t Be Too Much Trouble

March 9, 2017

Dear governments and politicians the world over,

Currently I’m in the process of teaching my son the lesson that “When we work together, life is better for all of us,” and I wanted to thank you all for providing so many fantastic examples of the importance of learning that lesson.

I’d appreciate it though if you could now provide me with a positive example . . .

You Know You’re Not Enjoying The Show When You Start Appreciating The Commercials

January 31, 2017

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that people are paying so much attention to what the President is doing.  People paying attention is a good thing.

With that said though, this is my actual thought process from just a few moments ago:

(While checking a news feed)  Huh . . . I think that’s the first time in over a week I’ve seen a headline that wasn’t about Trump one way or the other.  The break is kind of nice, actually. 

(Moves to check social media and sees that the first post is about how terrible Trump is.)  Annnnd we’re back to our regularly scheduled program . . .

Things Still Haven’t Changed I See

January 18, 2017

(Since I’m feeling under the weather and less than eloquent today, I’m reposting something I wrote in 2009 because it matches my current mood and is, sadly, still relevant today.

Source:  Transcending the political.)

American politics isn’t just ugly . . . it’s disgusting. 

I suspect that’s true of politics just about everywhere, but since American politics happens just outside my window (figuratively speaking), I tend to notice it more.

Since I started this blog I’ve managed to keep my entries to “Thoughts” and “Candles,” and though I’ve been tempted to throw a few “Curses” out there, so far I’ve found a more productive use of my energy.

With some difficulty, I’m going to try and keep doing that today too.

As I once observed to someone with dramatically different political views that I, it’s difficult to convince most people there might be something wrong with their livelihood, and it’s even harder for most people to act in a way that threatens their livelihood.  If one political party sees something that strengthens the other, they are going to tend to attack it without apology or remorse because their livelihood is at stake.  Frequently people suffer in the crossfire as the sides wrangle, which is why I call it disgusting, but it’s not particularly unusual.  Nor is it unusual for pundits whose livelihood depends on being heard via radio, television, etc. to fan the flames because they earn their bread by being obnoxious and aggressive in their opinions, but even so I have to wonder exactly at what point the United States of America officially became just “The States.” 

Bottom line people, you want to stop the leaks in the ship of state, you HAVE to work together and return to the idea of “Hanging together or hang separately,” . . . or you could just keep fighting and bickering over your territory, your labels, and your fears because that is OBVIOUSLY working so well.

Your call . . . that’s why they call it democracy, you know.

A Daily (Paraphrased) Conversation Of Late

January 11, 2017

Social Media:  Did you hear what ________ said about ______?

Me:  I heard that they said something, yes.  You made sure of that.

Social Media:  But did you hear what they said?!

Me:  Not really, no.

Social Media:  How could you not?!

Me:  Are they experts on the subject or otherwise stating facts that I can independently verify?

Social Media:  No, but . . .

Me:  Do their opinions have the force of law or arms?

Social Media:  No, but . . .

Me:  Then to me it’s just a stranger giving their opinions on a subject, and more often than not these days, it’s a subject I won’t discuss even with people I know unless they are among my closest confidants. 

Social Media:  But they said it,  how can you not care about that?!

Me:  Practice.

I Worry More When I Know People AREN’T Looking For It

December 7, 2016

The more I see people moan and fret about the future of the United States, the more I find myself contemplating my own feelings on the matter.  In short, I would describe my current attitude as being “cautiously pessimistic (because any way you slice it, it’s going to be a divisive four years) with a dash of optimism.”

Why a dash of optimism?

Because the way I figure it, the more people worrying about abuse of power in their elected officials, the less chance there is that said elected officials will get away with abusing their power.

I Just Had Politics Explained To Me By A Children’s Book

November 14, 2016

He gave speeches that only other ducks could understand.

Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin

And The Horrible Thing Is That I Really Don’t

October 21, 2016

I know I’m far from alone in this, but what offends me most about this upcoming presidential election is that what we have are two candidates essentially running on the “You don’t want the other one to win, right?” platform.

I Think This Means I’m A Better Person Asleep Than I Am Awake

July 26, 2016

Again my thoughts this morning were inclining toward the political, then I learned something about myself when someone tried to discuss the topic with me just a little too soon after I got out of bed.

Before I pass a certain level of awake, I have no tolerance for meanness.  When I’m alert I can evaluate things in terms “Okay . . . they deserved that,” but when I’m still feeling the lingering warmth of last night’s sleep, my reaction seems to be “Why are people being horrible to each other?  Don’t they realize I just woke up?”

Except In THIS Drama Somebody Got In Trouble With Her Mother

July 1, 2016

Yesterday while at a play center, a little girl walked across the room and wrenched out of my son’s hands the toy that he had just picked up.  I wish to stress that she hadn’t been playing with this toy when this happened, there’s a very real possibility that she had never even touched said toy at all before, and her only claim of possession that we know of was that she had been in the general area of the toy some time before my son wandered over and picked it up.

My son took this in stride, showing only polite confusion even as she screamed in his face “You need to SHARE!”, but I suddenly felt like I had watched the entire recurring human political drama play out in miniature.