I am truly dismayed by the whole political process. So many people I love are doggedly on one side of the political spectrum or the other. I am not. I want to hear the real issues and solutions, but they are buried so deeply that I cannot hear them or trust them and it cuts both ways. As long as I can remember, my solution has been to avoid politics altogether. Like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand, I have chosen to ignore all the rhetoric and all the news. Today, I ventured out and read some of the political articles in the newspaper. Yikes! There seem to be three varieties of articles:
- Promises from each side saying that they have the answers that will save this country (or continue to keep it safe).
- Attacks on the “other side” saying that they are lying or deluded. Their way won’t work, or their record shows that they don’t mean what they say or… The underlying message is that you’d be stupid to vote for them.
- Exposure of the untruths in the promises and attacks from previous days whether unfounded promises, out-and-out lies or comments one side has taken out of context against the other side.
Of the three, the last category is the most believable, but not very helpful in reaching a decision. These “He/she said… but this is what the record shows…” articles merely add to my skepticism. Clearly the goal of each side is to get into the White House. Whatever it takes seems to be the rule. I wish I knew better how to project the future of one side’s getting in over the other.
Before I put my head back in the sand, dear readers, please tell me how you cope with the difficulty of getting to the heart of the matter. Do you have a single issue burning in you that overshadows everything else? Do you know how grandma would have voted and make sure you don’t stir up her wrath? Do you have friends or family who tell you what to think? Do you have a way of cutting through the crap to get to the heart of the real issues facing our country and our world today? I especially hope to hear from those who answer yes to the last question.