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Middling on politics...

This won't be overly political, because I tend to keep my politics quiet -- so I'm middling more on the state of politics in our country.

Last night, I heard just a bit of Jay Leno's monologue (all about the Republicans and their primaries). It was funny, but it was also sad. What bugs me about politics right now is the extremism. I feel like we have very little choice -- and I've felt that way for the past few elections. It's always between bad and horrible, and what kind of choice is that??

I haven't voted for a major party candidate since I was in college. I'm not a fan of the extreme positions the candidates tend to take (or of the extreme methods they go to defend themselves and defame others). I don't like that I'm being asked to choose between someone who's fairly socialistic (in my view) about their approach and someone whose personal beliefs are more rigid than I'm comfortable with (in the sense that they've already spoken out against some things I think should be fundamental rights) -- what kind of choice is that??!

As I get older, it's true that I follow more closely out of concern for the type of world my kids will be living in as adults. I'm an Independent and have been since after my first election. I have friends who feel passionately about both major parties, and for the most part, I like to hear their feelings and positions. Often, they bring up things I hadn't considered before, and I want to be challenged and to see other points of view.

At heart, when it comes to pure politics and not the issues, I prefer a state-based government rather than a federal-based one. That's because I think that if the states decide the issues, then people who truly aren't happy with how their state chose can go somewhere else to find a way which suits them better. I like the idea that different ways of life are represented in different areas of the country -- and the ideal (ha!) that people can find what's right for them somewhere. Because I feel that way, putting all the power with the federal government definitely doesn't work for me. Colorado, as a whole, seems to feel pretty much like I do. When there were medical marajuana businesses being shut down by federal regulators, there was a huge outcry (and I think it worked -- or it might just be that the news stopped talking about it).

So yeah, I wish we had more options. But at least we have the option of research and questioning and deciding for ourselves -- and really, perhaps I'm selfish to want more!



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Feb. 29th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
I hate election years because of all the nonsense that goes on. What we have to remember is anyone running for office is human. There are good things and not so good things about any candidate (or proposition or law or anything for that matter). We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. There won't ever be the perfect candidate (none of us are perfect).

I do a lot of praying before I go to the polls and hope I make the right choice--and know that no matter who wins the election, there's a reason for it. =D
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I believe that there's a reason for the outcome, as well -- and that definitely helps!
Feb. 29th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
It's definitely not selfish to want more., Robin. Especially because these days the system has been co-opted by huge corporations to manipulate the government for their own profits. Every candidate has big money backers behind them and the one with the most money wins. The people lose. Sadly, it's not about what the country needs, it's what enriches the few. And the mainstream media has been bought out by these same few.

And I so agree with you about giving the states more power. Then the election issues don't come down to one or two hot button topics like abortion, etc.

But there are some wonderful senators out there, working on real issues at the state and federal level. I'm amazed at the swelling number of people getting involved at the local level, and I'm seeing how we all can make a difference in so many small ways.
Feb. 29th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder about senators, Lorraine -- we have some really strong ones here in CO, also working to do some neat things...it does give me hope :)
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