Thursday, October 4, 2018

election ennui

A friend sent along this NYTimes article about people who won't vote in the upcoming mid-term elections despite (or because of?) the widespread media ballyhoo.

"Democracy" enthusiasts may point with gotcha-glee to Winston Churchill's approximate observation, "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the rest." But the fatigue level inches higher and higher, and with it, the bubbling anger: Why must I always be forced to choose something that is either bad or worse? Why not something good or better?

I freely admit that I am childish about it all. A true Trump convert perhaps. U.S. President Donald Trump has rehabbed the swamp he vowed to drain. The fat, white, businessmen liars are arrayed at the tables of power. This is not hyperbole. People are getting hurt.

The other day, I was talking to a friend who had fought in Korea as a Marine. "Bill," I said, " you remember that trench gun you owned illegally for a while and then got rid of? I wish you'd kept it. I'd buy it."

1 comment:

  1. I can empathize with your frustrated feelings regarding the current political situation and even politics in general.

    As for reacting childishly to political situations, I'm inclined to reacting with a the full blown temper tantrum, or watching cartoons, not as a mean chid who hurts someone.

    Time for a time out or a nap.

    Be careful "as you think so you become."
    Inspired by some sage's sagacious sayings.