Yes, I will vote today. I’m sure I’m not as informed as I should be and I’m still totally confused about a couple of issues, but I will vote, if for no other reason than to get life back to normal for a while. I am so sick of daily phone calls and political ads and ugly signs. There is one area in town where there are so many signs that NONE of them really commands any attention. And every candidate makes the same promises, so I’m not sure any of them really deserves my attention anyway.
I suppose I’ve gotten a bit cynical in my old age, but I find politics depressing because despite arguments to the contrary I often feel like our government boils down to “money talks and politicians listen”. People are influenced by wealth, whether it is in their own pocket or the pocket of the guy speaking to them. And no matter who gets in office there is always evidence later that they aren’t quite what they seem. Then again, who is? I think that even if people start out as good, they are bound to eventually be corrupted by the system.
So, I face the prospect of voting today with a sense of responsibility, but very little enthusiasm. I do not feel like it is my “chance to make a difference” because I truly feel that in government there are only a handful of people who make a difference and most of them weren’t elected by anyone.
Oh, and don’t look for anyone to actually be running the country anytime soon, because now that we are finished with this round of campaigning it will be time for them to start making promises for the next presidential election!
Maybe campaigning is the new normal.
(Yes, Lord, I AM thankful we don’t have a king or queen…but still, couldn’t you let us have a real leader? Oh, you did that already didn’t you?)