i thought that my mind would be able to take a break from politics after the texas primary; silly me. as much as i would like to tune it out, there is so much anger and so much yelling that a) i can’t block it out, and yet, b) i can’t really hear any of it, and most importantly, c) it is all starting to make me angry and start yelling.
i do not like to be angry and i only like yelling when it is at sporting events. in a conscious effort to remain calm whenever i feel the need to write about politics, i hereby resolve to not yell while writing. i won’t use bold face. i won’t use italics. and, as you may have noticed, i won’t use capitals. i promise that the annoyance of my loyal readers to my lack of capitalization is insignificant to the annoyance i feel with my zen karma being all tizzified by the american political scene these days. (see, it even has me making up words like tizzified: to be put in a state of being in a tizzy)
most of the candidates running for president are inciting the american public to become angry. or they are telling us that we are already angry. anger is not a political party. anger is not a good emotion to take into the polling booth. most importantly, anger doesn’t accomplish anything, anger is an impediment to reason and compromise. we all know how most of leading presidential candidates feel about compromise. and when pols describe their own party as bat-shit crazy…well, that tells us all we need to know about them having any reason.
i have no idea what is going to happen next november. i know that i will vote for reason and compromise any chance i get. i will vote against violence and anger. i know that next january i will miss barack obama being in the white house. yes, i agree with many of his promoted policies, but what i will miss most is his integrity and his emotional control and calmness. there’s not a candidate running today who can match him in those categories. plus, he has a pretty good way with words. this is how he described the gop last week: “What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. I mean, the reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending for a long time — that you just make flat assertions that don’t comport with the facts. That you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree, we want to take a different approach, but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous.”
deny the evidence of science. compromise is a betrayal. quite frankly, my faith in our two-party system is rocked to the core. i think big changes are coming for american politics. surely, reason will win out.