Getting off the political train
I think I've written my last column about politics.
At the very least, I'm going to back way off. Maybe I'll write more funny ones or slice-of-life stuff. Our readers seem to enjoy those, so at least I could serve to entertain.
But politics? It's a waste of time.
I'm a political independent, which means I'm rarer than a blue moon. I get really angry with liberals sometimes, and ditto the conservatives. But when I get over the anger and think rationally, I see some good from both camps. Trying to convince others that both sides of the aisle have good ideas is an exercise in futility, however. Most folks are so firmly entrenched in their political leanings that you couldn't blast them out with dynamite, much less a few crafty sentences.
No one cares to hear any opinion that's not their own. A university study (I believe it was Emory) a few years ago proved that's it's not just opinions or learned behavior anyway. Our political leanings are actually burned into our brains, almost a part of our DNA. According to the study, many people are just physically incapable of changing their minds or seeing the other side.
And so I have a terrible feeling that this presidential election is going to be a repeat of 2000, with America evenly divided and the split getting deeper. I'm not sure which way the country will end up leaning, but it won't be forward.
Meanwhile, us independents will get to continually duck the gunfire while the two sides shoot at each other. I, for one, am tired of listening to it. I'm sick of the lies, the nastiness and the divisiveness of it. But most of all I'm sick of it being cheered on by a generation obsessed with cyberspace celebrity and schadenfreude -- and themselves.
That's the most important thing nowadays, isn't it? To make a cheeky joke, a clever comment? Who cares what pillar of American life crumbles, as long as we can make a smart-alecky comment that gets linked to, liked or retweeted.
For the foreseeable future, I'm going to try not to add to it. I'm going to do my part to clear the political clutter by keeping my two cents to myself.
At least until I get really angry again.
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