In case you didn’t hear about it, the United States of America held another election. Every two years we gear-up to elect or re-elect people to represent us in various parts of government.
Yes, I voted yesterday and from my perspective as a naive sort of non-political old fart I learned a lot over this particular election cycle.
1. Evidentially when I registered to vote, when I moved to Sidney in 2000, that I must have been thinking outside the box or checked the wrong box. For as long as I remember I had always been a Republican and thought that I still was, but when I checked this year to see what party I was registered to while at the Town Office last week, it turned out I was registered Green Independent.
Yeah, I must have been thinking really outside the box that day, but you know something as I have gotten older maybe that is where I should be.
The environment is important to me and maybe being against the worst impulses of corporations/governments and the damage they are willing to do in the name of profits for their shareholders is not a bad thing when it comes to how they view the environment. Yeah, I know governments do not have shareholders, well…sometimes I wonder.
Then the Independent part.
I tend to look at the individual that is running and how their views on issues reflect my own, not what political party they are representing – sometimes it is not the same thing, but that is becoming more of an oxymoron in today’s political jungles. So if someone could actually see my actual voting record, it is all over the place and certainly not a straight line for one party or the other.
So I didn’t bother to change my party affiliation and you know something, I didn’t get all those damn robo calls and texts that Mary got for the last week. Hehehehe they are truly a pain in the arse.
2. As one of those naive old farts, I tend to think that at least either the Senate or House should be controlled by the opposition party of the Presidency. It is part of our checks and balances that are part and parcel of our Constitution. Unfortunately, I do believe and it does not matter which party it is, controls all three, it causes too many problems. It allows for far left or far right ideological bills to be passed or change the way business is done that comes back to bite future generations in the arse. Plus things that should be looked at a lot more closely, tend to have a blind eye turned away.
When at least one of the three (House, Senate or Presidency) is in the opposition’s control, it means that those ideologically pure things tend to become more moderate in order to get passed and signed into law or issues that need to be investigated are at least looked at.
I am a moderate and will never be mistaken for an ideologically pure voter by either party.
So the Democrats taking control of the House is probably a good thing in the long run for our Country, but boy is it going twist the knickers of some people who have enjoyed being able to control the message in and coming from Washington.
Yeah, this is where I am more than a little naive. I believe in doing the right things for the right reasons and that honesty is a good thing. Honesty and politics do not seem to belong in the same sentence anymore.
It has gotten so that when it comes to politics I have a patent mistrust of those in power and how power corrupts those in power. I do not believe I am alone in believing this and the corruption seems to be getting worse not better.
3. All politics end up being local and when I drove around Maine during September and October, that big Blue Wave that so many were predicting was not what I was seeing around the rural country-side. While the Democrats did carry more than I thought they would, there was no where near the perfect storm that was predicted here in Maine or Nationally at various points this Fall.
4. That each election cycle is getting more and more vicious and with the emphasis on portraying the other candidate (from whatever political party) as the enemy, not as another person with a different perspective on how to represent us in the political office they are running for. At what point do we make it so that good, well qualified people no longer want to run for Office and we are left with some that do not really have voters best interests in mind…well sometimes I tend to think that is already happening. Say what the voters want hear and then do what the handlers tell them to do.
There is much more that this old fart could write about, but you know something I have a feeling that all the pundits, naysayers and media moguls will all say their fill about this most recent election cycle. What it comes down to is that my voice doesn’t really matter in the overall scheme of things, but you know something – I did vote and so did a lot of other people who are not feeling all that different from me voted too. So am I alone in my views, who knows?
All-in-all I have a feeling that the next couple of years will be a rough ride for our Country as the political ill-winds and posturing for the next Presidential election take precedence over governance and putting the Country’s needs before the party’s or an individual’s needs.
It will be interesting, but I have a feeling that it will be Sun Tzu’s definition of “interesting”, not the one that I learned about back in Newport Elementary School.
Yeah, we do live in interesting times.
All I know is this…
I took this oath many years ago and I still believe in those words.