The 'p' word...you all know what I mean.
Politics. *waits out the dramatic drum roll*
There's an old saying that you should never discuss sex, politics or religion in polite company. It's pretty wise, though totally unfollow-able, advice because these are three things that people tend to have *strong* opinions on. And I think you'll find that they're also all tangled up together. A persons opinion/belief about religion informs their thoughts about sex and politics in a great many cases.
So what am I doing talking about politics?
It's all Malik's fault. Go blame him. *hands out tiny pillows to be thrown*
Okay, technically I suppose it's my fault, since I asked for ideas. Go ahead, throw the pillows at me. Or marshmallows. You could throw marshmallows. I would hate that. Yeah. :)
One week till election day, write your thoughts about politics.
My thoughts about politics are simple.
I hate politics.
The end. :D
*wanders away**not so tiny things are thrown at her*
I don't hate politics, I hate the way politics are done. I live in Florida which is one of the states that counts as 'more' in the American electoral system and we've been inundated with political ads on the phone, television and radio. I cannot tell you how many emails I get at my office email from the 'Tea Party' telling me that Obama is a Socialist Muslim Atheist Homosexual. I'm not even kidding.
Electing our leaders is important. I think that, while we certainly don't have the 'perfect' government (no one does), we have one that is as fair as any of the others out there. People should vote. It's the only way that we can cause any changes in the larger community of our nation. And we should take care to be informed on the issues that are important to us - I don't believe that any one person can be informed on *everything* to the same degree - and elect whoever we believe represents our interests the best.
If politics stuck to actual facts and allowed people to judge and make their choices based only on that it'd be fine. It'd be *beautiful*. That's not what happens though.
Ad after ad, argument after argument attacks the other candidate. I'm sick of it. There are so many people out there who are going to vote based on personal facts that *don't matter* in the running of the country.
For example: Romney is a Mormon. Mormonism is still viewed by many (especially in the South from what I see around me) as a cult. A non-Christian religion. I've read one relatively popular Christian theology blog recently that talks all about how Romney is a cultist, yes, but he's at least a competent cultist which puts him ahead of the 'incompetent non-Christian' Obama. *sigh* If we were basing this argument off of the competent vs. incompetent parts of this alone, fine. I disagree with the authors opinion, but that's why we each get a vote.
The problem is that people are basing their choices off of emotional responses to key words. 'Cult' is a triggery word. It brings up mental images of Heaven's Gate, Jonestown, the Branch Davidians. Death and suffering and innocent, easily led people who were desperate for meaning in their lives being misled by a charismatic evil doer. The truth is that every religion starts out as a 'cult'. Think about Christ in a different light for just one second:
A strange, charismatic man who comes through town, preaches about giving up everything (even your family!) to follow him even unto death. Who promises great rewards and eternal life. His followers break social conventions, taboos, and are (possibly) fomenting a rebellion against the established social order. There's also talk of what sounds a whole lot like cannibalism.
Sound a little hinky to you?
As for Obama's non-Christian status...the man says that he is a Christian. As far as I know he has done nothing that makes me believe he's lying. One could argue that he's not a 'perfect' Christian or the 'right' Christian (depending on what you might consider the 'right' flavor) but I have no reason to say that he's not a Christian.
And let me be perfectly honest: I DON'T CARE!
If Romney was, in my opinion, the best man for the job I would vote for him whether he was a Mormon, a Buddhist, an atheist or a pagan. Same for Obama. Religion should not be a deciding factor in an elected official. Unless we're electing the leader of a church. In which case it would probably be helpful if they were a member of that faith. :)
Elections should be based on social, economic and foreign policy issues. These are the things that we need to know about in order to choose a leader who is in line with our idea of what is best for ourselves personally and the nation in general.
But these are things that require too much thought for (sadly) far too many people. It's much easier to let the attack ads get us riled up - you'll notice that they focus on abortion, health care, marriage equality and the like. That way we can vote based on our feelings rather than on clear, considered thought.
So yeah. I hate the political atmosphere. I hate that both sides are so polarized these days that they can literally get nothing done, screwing their constituents over just so they can toe the party line and get points. Neither side perfectly represents me, I suspect that most (at federal and state levels I'm going to go with *all*) politicians are really just in it for themselves.
I'm sick of this election and I can't wait for it to be *over*.