Hello, all! Merry Christmas! Wait, what? It’s March 1st? Super Tuesday? Oh. Well, here’s my thinking: when one works in the shipping and postal business at Christmastime, it causes a certain distaste for the whole season, a certain dread of the holiday and a certain feeling of just looking forward to surviving and to the holidays being over. So I woke up today thinking about politics, and the haters and complainers and the complete circus the election process has been this time around, and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if all the love and good will and peace on earth stuff could be back at the forefront of people’s minds on a day like today??” So I pulled up my iTunes and started digging my Christmas playlist! Admittedly, it’s not very extensive, consisting mostly of Glee versions and a two-album set by the Osmond family from the late 70s that I utterly loved when I was a kid.
So, love and good will and peace on earth notwithstanding, I am coming out of the closet. I never talk about politics with anyone I expect to get an argument from, because I detest arguing politics. I don’t like confrontation in general, and the people in my personal circle who are most vocal about politics are not people who are likely to agree to disagree.
I haven’t taken the time to research a lot of facts about voting records or the facts surrounding the many scandals, nor have I studied definitions of socialism in a while, or looked at government reports or independent studies. I don’t know their bios by heart, their successes and failures in the worlds of education or business. But I do know what I perceive without all that. Hillary strikes me as utterly corrupt. Donald Trump strikes me as utterly worthless. Bernie strikes me as well-intentioned and capable. The rest of them haven’t been on my radar enough to form an opinion. Carson, I am having trouble describing and categorizing. He seems like a very decent person and for the most part I like his values.
Ok, so I didn’t really come out of the closet very far. The thing I hate about politics is the way it divides people. It has broken my heart to see hot-headed people spouting their beliefs with no tolerance for opposing views, even to the point of breaking off ties with family and friends. Over POLITICS! Really? When it comes right down to it, how could these issues be more important than the people in our lives?! There are a couple of people I know who have voiced support of candidates, and I know how that influences my opinion of them, but I can’t bring myself to call them out on it, express to them that I think they might possibly be crazy. However, I do very strongly believe in the importance of taking advantage of the great privilege of voting. That’s the bottom line. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. You can threaten to move to another country, or you can go hide in the wilderness and live off the grid, but you can’t complain. If you don’t vote, you give up that right.
Thanks for reading! Now GO VOTE!
Until next time,