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Politics in 2020? Whatever. I suppose I’m simply indifferent at this point.
Really. I am.
It’s Sept of 2020, in the year of Covid. I’m quite confident that I’m feeling similar feelings that most Americans share. Similar feelings that Entrepreneurs feel. Similar feelings that my fellow Realtors are feeling. Similar feelings as my Pittsburgh neighbors feel.
I’m over it. As I write this – there is a section of any readership group who will be ‘offended’ by these words. Offended that I’m ‘over it’. And – that emotion of being offended is part of the problem.
I’m over it.
I’ll restate. I’m over it. Over it. The destruction of the economy. The pitting neighbor against neighbor. Watching so much negativity dominate our conversations. Social media. TV. Even sports.
I’m over it.
Oh, I guess I should mention politics. The upcoming Presidential election. A complete shitshow. Again – a complete shitshow.
Lunacy vs. Senility. That is our option. The options the American political system puked out to us — 2 very, very poor choices. In the middle of a worldwide pandemic. In the middle of racial tension. Riots. Burning. Destruction. Murders. All sides – all races – all opinions. A shitshow.
I’m over it.
And now – there is a movement to get Americans to vote by mail. I’m assuming one political side sees this as an opportunity. The other sees it as a detriment. Whatever.
As pragmatically as I can look at the ridiculous notion of voting by US Mail, I find the premise laughable. If we, you know, the citizens, are permitted to go to Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Grocery Stores under various statewide and federal Covid-19 laws…we can go vote.
Those who must vote by absentee ballot, can still vote by absentee ballot.
But mail in votes for the able bodied citizens? No fucking way.
We have enough shakey confidence in this country in 2020 — adding doubt to the integrity of our Voting procedure can not be another area of citizen suspicion.
And our Presidential choices? Lunacy vs. Senility. Nice, eh? However, can it get worse? You’re damn straight it can. Put the absolutely increased chance of voting manipulation and outright fraud into the mix — our country’s shitshow will grow exponentally.
We need certainty. We need a clear winner. Whether this country moves in a new direction or we retain our current administration, at this point, the decision is not as important as providing this battered, bruised and suspicion electorate – certainty.
I’m over it.
Politics in America.
Sad? Yes. Caustic? Yes. Mindless? Yes. Well, at least that’s my viewpoint.
Left vs. Right. How about Up vs Down? Why can’t we play in 3 dimensions? Do you see how ridiculous this is?
Left and Right are not even consistent in their terminologies in today’s era. If you are a ‘Left’ thinking person in 2020, would your Liberalism match Liberals from say, JFK’s era? And if you are a Conservative in 2020, would your brand of Conservatism play in 1960? I doubt it.
Some are so extreme Left, they become Right. And vice versa. You can’t make this material up if you wanted to.
Politics has become, for the most part, a litmus test. Furthermore, America is chock full of 1-issue voters. Maybe the bulk of voters are 1-issue voters. And how many of those people really understand the issue, thoroughly, that they believe they feel passionately about?
It’s pathetic. And fascinating.
I suppose the American political 2-party system has always been the same. Dysfunctional.
All the progression as a species. The technology in 2020 is amazing. Yet, America’s unwashed masses are stupid enough to glue they brains to a video screen, choose a side as if it’s some kind of professional sport, and then ‘root’ for their team. But in this circumstance – it’s not a game of athletic ability played by skilled athletic professionals. No. The public is rooting for their ‘side’ and the execution of dirty deeds conducted by ‘players’, at the expense of our way of life.
Our way of life.
Sound heavy? Too heavy? Maybe. Maybe not.
It can’t be underestimated how both ‘sides’ wish to generate vitriol from their legions of loyal believers. Vitriol against the opposing viewpoint. And encourage literal destruction, no matter the cost. Decades ago, the term ‘scorched Earth policy’ was something to be feared. And rarely exhibited in actuality. Today? It’s the norm. It’s the norm every, single day.
No, it can’t be understated. Most Americans have chosen a side, either passively or fully engaged, and because these American ‘believe’ their views are righteous and correct, they are ready to go battle. Battle. Against who? Their fellow Americans.
I have no answer what a fix could be. Not a clue. Thinking would be a start yet I fear that Americans are forgetting how to think. Talking with each other would be a start. Yet, there appears to be a continual move away from real, human communication. Talking will eventually become a thing of the past.
When you throw in the utterly laughable choice American’s are left to pick from and will pick from in November, as they decided who becomes the most powerful person in the world, it’s easy for anyone to see how utterly ridiculous it’s all become.
And in the year called 2020, should we really expect anything less?