Passing on Politics

I have a lot of loves in my life, and I’ve made no secret of the fact that one of them is politics. I love politics. I love talking about it, I love learning about it. My college thesis was on government/politics. I have always loved to discuss issues and laws. Which is why I find myself in such a strange place right now.

I am just sick of it.

I’m so sick of sad and predictable stories about good bills not being passed because of partisan politics. I’m tired of jabs being made on both sides, of name calling, of seemingly constant back and forth nit pickery. I’m tired of everyone’s motives constantly being questioned and our inability to trust anyone to ever have the country’s best interests in mind, whether justifiably or not.

The truth of the matter for me is that I think Romney or Obama would be fine as president, largely because if we’ve seen anything in the past 4 years it’s that the president has very little power when Congress is divided. My vote will go to Obama because I feel strongly that he has the interests of the middle class at heart and because he is more socially liberal, but I don’t think Romney would be the end of the world. We are looking at two moderates who just lean slightly more to one side than the other. Two husbands and fathers, neither of who are demons, neither of who are out to get you. These are two good men, so why do we spend so much time tearing them apart?

I’m tired of the bumper stickers, of comments on news pieces, of people who cannot simply agree to disagree or who cannot stick to issues. I’m tired of personal attacks that don’t need to be made, of horrible names that these men are being called.

Politics can certainly feel personal. I have some extremely strong feelings about a number of political issues, but my point is no better made with yelling, screaming, name calling and general douchebaggery than it is with calm and rational discourse. In fact, once you resort to any of the above things, I’m done. Your point is lost.

I’m ready for it to be election day, I’m ready to begin the next 4 years and the end of the campaigns. I’m ready for Congress to get their asses into gear, to stop playing games and actually take a moment to consider what this country needs instead of what’s best for their political party or candidate. I’m tired of the games.

I never thought I’d say this, but for the first time in my life, I just want to be finished with politics. I want to bury my head in the sand and not hear or read any of the stories. I want for us to rediscover our basic humanity and come together as a country to focus on rebuilding instead of on separating. I just wish I foresaw that instead of 6 more months of bickering, name calling and other ugliness.

I really think we can do better.

5 Responses to “Passing on Politics”

  • Laurie in NJ:

    Right there with you Katie! Enough already. I was happily suprised to realize I will be in Disney World on election day this year, so none of the hoopla will effect me in any way. I can put my head in the sand all day long and come back to my hotel room at the end of the night and tell me the winner.

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  • couldn’t agree more, although I probably feel even more strongly about it than you because I hate politics and all of the partisan bickering and pandering. You should check out Gary Johnson, who is running as a Libertarian candidate – he has a history as Governor of NM that is really impressive, and his socially liberal/ fiscally conservative approach is refreshing. I like what he seems to stand for, and I LOVE the idea of getting away from the two party system that is so clearly broken.

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  • Katherine:

    I’ve been thinking the same thing. It does seem to get worse every election cycle. My politics lean libertarian and I’m a politics junkie. I think the reason for most of the bitterness is there is SO MUCH at stake for so many groups of people whose interests are often at odds. And I think it keeps getting worse because the federal government’s sphere of influence keeps increasing. Inevitably it boils down to the government favoring the interests of some to the detriment of others. People who feel they have a lot to lose fight very hard. There aren’t easy answers to this. But I personally think the feds really need to rethink the number of areas they’re involved in regulating.

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  • Erin:

    I love this post so much that I have it starred in my RSS feed. You said exactly how I feel right now, without bashing someone or their political beliefs. Well said. :)

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  • Kayte:

    I’m completely with you on this. So tired of people that can only see black and white–never any gray in any situation. If all you can see is your party line, you’re not using your whole brain. Congress is definitely the biggest problem. If we could just have single term limits, no Congressional pension (congressman should not be a career choice), and require them to abide by the same rules and health care plans as they prescribe for the rest of the nation, we’d all be better off.

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