Friday, May 23, 2014

WHY BOTHER - POLITICAL APATHY






I have decided to quit listening to Chris Matthews on MSNBC.   Up until this week my wife and I would tune into Chris while we ate supper.   After his program I always feel like lowering my head and charging into the wall.  



And what for?  

Why get wound up over something I have absolutely no power to change – and change to what?   The reality is that I have no option but to live through political changes I have no power to influence.  

I do not have money enough to buy my Senators and Congress Persons…    Presidential elections are decided not by my vote but by an electoral college appointed by political parties; and as far as a popular vote, it is obvious that that can be, and is being manipulated on a state level by these same political parties.



And even if my vote did count; a small, organized, vocal minority - the Republican minions (also known and the Tea Party and the Christian Fundamentalist – people who are capable of believing that Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are intelligent choices to govern us) can influence one of the only two viable political parties we have as a choice to the shithouse rat crazy extremes – which in turn can be manipulated by the billionaires whose actual goal is to establish an Oligarchy..

(Wow what a fucking sentence!  I think I will leave it alone and won’t edit…)

I will still listen to Rachel Maddow – she doesn’t rant and rave – and to Bill Maher and Vice on HBO for the WOW factor of crazy shithouse rat political machinations, which are nothing if not entertaining.



Politics to me is a voyeuristic sport, like professional football; something I have absolutely no power or ability to influence.   But, just because I am not capable of participating on any meaningful level does not mean that I don’t find it entertaining.     I just don’t need to get wound up over something I can not control. 

Spring is coming to western Maine, the daffodils are up and it is a beautiful overcast day.   I am going to have cereal and blueberries for breakfast this morning while we watch Rachel Maddow’s program that we taped last night.

Have a good day
the Ol’Buzzard
                                                                                               


9 comments:

  1. Getting angry motivates me. I figure if I don't vote, someone crazier than me will vote. I vote in any election I can legally register for. I still have a NYC address and am a registered overseas voter in US elections.

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  2. You just reminded me of one of my favorite George Carlin quotes:

    'They call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.'

    Yeah, we have daffodils, forsythia and genuine dandelions growing tall in the new grass.

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  3. I'm engaged in a life and death struggle against the slugs! I have never seen anything like this spring...it was a rather mild and very wet winter here and the snail and slug population has exploded! Did you know that a slug manages to eat 1/2 it's body weight every day?

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    1. Squash the little bastards - I also hear beer traps work but don't give you the same satisfaction.
      O'B

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  4. I have found a link or two that live stream MSNBC, but only occasionally watch the Rev. and/or Tweety.

    As for politics, I keep hearing good news that the FuckingRepublican'ts are heading for extinction, but too many still vote for the Ass-Wholes!!

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  5. If I didn't scream and yell and throw something at the tv every night, I'd go nuts and punch someone..ha

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    1. Make sure it is a Republican you punch.
      O'B

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