Did I Mention I Hate Politics?

After coming off the dismal mayoral election in Toronto last week, I am blasted with news of impending doom from the mid-term elections in the U.S. today.

But why do I care?

I don’t have an easy answer for that.

I hate politics but it is something that one cannot get away from.

The day after pigs flew over Toronto, I overheard some people in the office talking about the results. One person said he would rather have an honest fool than a smart crook in office.

The “fool” part I agree with- not so sure about “honest.”

But seriously, does that not smell familiar to anyone? W was a two-term President and we had our own Mel Lastman not that long ago.

Even my mom, who doesn’t really care about politics (and only voted in the past because dad did) told me about an article in one of the Chinese dailies citing Ford as a good choice for fiscal responsibility.

I could only shake my head.

I would love to eat my words but I really don’t think that will happen.

I made the mistake of turning on the evening news last night and some political commentator said the general (American) public were tired of the arrogant political “elite” in office who know better than the Average Joe, tired of the broken promises, tired of this so-called media bias and would prefer an honest simpleton (my word, not his) in office to serve the interests of the people.

I could only shake my head (again) and sigh heavily.

Did eight years of Bush Jr. not teach you anything? Are memories really that short?

I guess that would be a no and a yes.

I am not saying Obama has done much right but he has had only two years to kick the can. He wouldn’t have been my choice to lead the Democrats but anyone who grabbed that brass ring (elephant or donkey) would have had to hold on for dear life.

The mess in the U.S. will not be fixed by band-aid solutions or half-assed measures. None of this is black and white- it never is. Any effective measures will hurt and no one knows how long it will take.

Obama has been a victim of his own success and the bigger they are built up, the harder they fall.

Hope fades.

Republicans and Tea Partiers are chomping at the bit to vote today. Disillusioned Democrats and those who don’t identify with the “right” are fatigued and disappointed and will likely not even go to the polls.

Everyone knows not showing up is the same as letting everyone else decide for you, right? Simply not showing up is not an effective means of protest- unless all you want to convey is apathy.

It is easy to be the guy on the outside, throwing stones at the people sitting in office. I can’t wait until the euphoria of victory subsides and the sleeves have to be rolled up.

How will they spin it when the reality of governing actually sets in?

They are all politicians at the end of the day- spin and rhetoric is about the only thing they’re good at- especially when the public wants to be lead by the nose.


~ by angryegg on November 2, 2010.

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