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creative apathy and other good times

I'm not a political activist or commentator, and I'm not an advocate one way or another for involvement in politics, so you'll have to take this for exactly what it's worth: I'm not voting.

 

I'd also like to make something absolutely clear: You should be proud of yourself for voting, making your voice heard in any way, large or small. You should be proud that you chose a candidate who closely represents your views. You should be proud that you have the freedom to place that vote. Don't let anyone, especially me, convince you that voting isn't important if it is, in fact, important to you. 
My apathy toward the process is entirely driven by my firm belief that the person occupying the office isn't the problemthe shattered, mangled, openly broken and bleeding system is the problem. I believe that "politically active" should mean "involved in the bureaucracy and mechanics of government," not "involved in the sexiness of politics." It doesn't matter to me who the President is, because he's a powerless figure who can only act as far as the system will let him act. The system, then, is what we should work so hard to change, and then the 4-year-job can practically be filled by anyone.

If you want to be active in government, start ignoring the politics and start digging deeper into the mechanics of the system. Find office holders who actually work to make a change and support them, if that's your bag. But mostly, look for something that needs doing and then fill that gap. IF you want to be active in government.

If you just want the show, the drama, the adrenaline of the race, then you're really, truly in luck. Because that's all this is. The big show. Every four years, a new season. 

 

 


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that time i retired from politics

Image courtesy of xkcd.com. Because I'm too lazy to create my own web comic just for this post, and that dude is hilarious, isn't he? Also, I know this doesn't really have anything to do with politics. BUT HILARIOUS.I’ve decided that I can’t do politics.

Not only will no one ever allow me to run for anything once they’ve spent 30 seconds looking me up on Google, but to be honest I just can’t maintain the level of mouth-foaming it seems to take to be a part of the whole political spectrum. Republicans and Democrats seem like two identical twin brothers fighting over which one of them gets to be Preppy and which one gets to be the Goth. I can’t support that. You’re both gorgeous little poo-flinging monkeys. 

And I admit that I’m kind of a goader. Which spell-check is insisting isn’t a word, but which I insist means “Lovable guy who just likes to make funny comments and then has to watch his friends from both sides of the political spectrum take up knives and try to cut each other.” You can see why I need a shorthand for it.

I swear, I don’t set out to stir things up on purpose. How could I? I’m too busy posting endless streams of this stuff to really think about the long-term implications. I’m pretty sure some of my posts cause cancer. I’m already organizing a 5K. But really, if you’d just wear sunscreen … it’s 30 seconds of your day, people. Only you can prevent comment cancer.

Maybe it’s my middle-ground nature, but I decided a couple of years ago that I was a Libertarian. I lean a little to the right, but I think I’m pretty firmly in the middle-ish area of politics, and Libertarianism seems to fit me. For starters, I think government should have nothing to say about what is and what isn’t a “marriage.” I think pot should be legal, even though I’ve never tried it. And I think that IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT. That’s just a conclusion I’ve drawn from 40 years of being an American, but I think there may be a pie chart that backs me up.

I could be wrong, too. Maybe there are advantages to having a President from one party over another. But I’m guessing that if I took some of the political rhetoric from the past 12 years, removed the names and words like “liberal,” “conservative,” “Democrat,” and “Republican,” then fed each line to you one at a time, you’d still only have a 50/50 chance of guessing which line applies to which political party or President. Those are the same odds you get in Tic-Tac-Toe. Does NO ONE notice they’re all saying the same stuff?

Anyway, I can’t do politics. I don’t have the juice to spend the kind of time it takes to dig up the quotes and polls and facts and figures and birth certificates and tax records it takes to show the world that a douchebag is a douchebag. I’m just going to stand aside and poke at both of the amorphous blobs that are our two major political parties with a stick. I may encourage them to breed, and then take command of the hybrid ball of hate that forms, leading it on a journey to conquer the Middle Kingdom. I will call him Billy.


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