Is it just me?
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much sick of politics.
And more to the point, I’m sick of politicians.
I’m a political junkie. I keep up with local races, state races, and national races. I follow the news through multiple outlets, keep up on current events, and generally spend a good part of my time educating myself politically. And it’s now getting to the point where the things I am learning are turning my stomach. I can’t name a single politician at the state or national level that is worthy of my respect or admiration. Both major parties have become equally offensive in that their primary motivation is the acquisition of power, not the well being of the United States. Senators from both sides of the aisle will say whatever they feel is necessary in order to gain more power for themselves, and will then sell their constituents down the river if needed.
Try this test. Ask your Senator or Representative if they vote according to the expressed wished of their constituents, or according to their own interests. Their answer is enlightening. Former Tennessee Senator Howard Baker was asked that question while he was visiting my school, and his response was very simple. He said that the people elected him to do what was best for them, so he voted based on his assessment, and the voice of his constituents was a small factor in his decision.
That was several decades ago. Now, it’s even worse. Remember Nancy Pelosi, and her famous “We have to pass the bill in order to know what’s in it?” IS that the attitude of a servant of the people?
I don’t think so.
Conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, progressive or libertarian, if you are paying attention, you should be sickened. Our political class has determined that as long as they tell their constituents what they want to hear, they can turn around and do whatever they want in Washington. The sad part is they are right about that. They tell us happy little lies about lower premiums with increased benefits, and we buy into it only to find that our premiums have increased, we don’t qualify for a subsidy, the website is busted, and the plan we wanted to keep has been cancelled. Yet if given the option to do so, we would probably re-elect the President for a third term.
Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a right wing rant. The guys in the GOP are every bit as nauseating right now. Take John Boehner for example.
No please, take him. Take him anywhere. Just don’t bring him back.
So I’m sick of politicians. I wish we had some honest to God statesmen around, but they seem to be an extinct species. Our country was founded by men who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause, and most of them lost everything in order to birth America. Can you name a single person in Washington who would give up everything he or she had in order to serve our nation?
Neither can I. Here’s an interesting experiment. Check the change in net worth during their terms of service for John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Throw in the Obamas just for fun. I’ll bet you a nickel that each and every one of them has seen their net worth skyrocket during their term of “service.” Harry Reid was born poor, has spent his entire life in public service, and is now worth somewhere between $3 and $10 million dollars, all without ever holding a legitimate job.
Nice work if you can get it.
I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. If you can’t tell me the honest truth without trying to spin everything, then all you are doing is wasting my time, and I’ve got better things to do, and more fun things to talk about. So, even though I was brought here to provide political commentary, I’m gong to give it a rest for awhile and talk about things that are more interesting.
Like my balls.
Balls of yarn, that is.
One of my many hobbies is making sweaters, either knitting or crocheting. This yarn is a 100% prime alpaca yarn and will become a very nice (maybe) sweater (probably) in the near future (Not a chance!) Last weekend, my wife and I got away for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. We both took some classes, talked with vendors, looked at alpacas, llama, sheep, goats and rabbits, and in general, had a great time with some very talented and creative people.
But more about that tomorrow.