Friday, October 3, 2008

Political Ambivalence

I forget how fervent people get about politics.

In the other room, my employer (who will remain so for about 7 more hours) is on a call talking about how, depending on how this election turns out, we face the real threat that the government will nationalize everything.

Because, yearh, that's going to happen.

This particular man is a self-proclaimed hard-line Libertarian (although his anti-Democrat rants lead me to believe that he's not quite as Libertarian as he thinks he is). He definitely leans Republican but definitely doesn't toe the GOP party-line. But he tends to rail against NPR, Obama, the liberal media, etc. All this in contrast to me, where I tend to skew Democrat, but I disagree with them on things like... say... gun control.

And no, that has nothing to do with why I'm leaving the job.

I watched last night's Veep debate, expecting a trainwreck, and was sadly disappointed therein, but in terms of good debating, last night was a nice display. Yes, they periodically fell back into rhetoric, but there was, on the whole, good oratory from both sides. They talk big, but what I understand, what so many people seem to not understand, is that neither candidate is going to be able to ruin the country. History is all set to judge George W. Bush as the worst President ever, ever, but after 8 years, things are not-great, but they're certainly not-horrible.

Will McCain plunge the country into darkness. Of course not. Obama? No. It's a lesson that we need to scale back the rhetoric. Obama is not going to socialize life. McCain is not going to de-regulate everything. Neither side could if they wanted to, and they're tempered by having to work with the other branches of government.

That whole checks and balances thing, remember?

But there are people who are all doom-and-gloom about how Obama is going to end America or how McCain is going to die in office and Palin will end America. And it's all hogswash--although the idea of McCain kicking off within the next four years is a legitimate concern, I'd say.

I just get tired of it. I've been political in the past--but I don't have any profound endearment to either candidate. I can't bring myself to fervor. Maybe I've just had my heart broken too many times. But I'm rather enjoying not being all that politically-minded. Or perhaps it would be more precise to say that I'm interested in political issues that aren't going to be addressed in this race.

I'd love to see nationalized health care, but it isn't going to happen. I'd love to see a serious take on education, but that's not very likely. I'd love to see a serious reevaluation of our drug and gun control laws. No chance. I'd love to see an anti-gay-marriage bill written, voted down, and then ceremoniously burned in effigy. But that's a bit of a stretch. I'd love to see nuclear power given real consideration. I'd love to hear someone pronounce the word "nuclear" correctly.

But mostly, I'd like to see someone to vote for that didn't feel like some horrible compromise. Obama's got spunk, and perhaps I haven't given him a fair shake. He just doesn't excite me all that much. And I used to love McCain, back when I still thought he was a feather-ruffler. But he's not.

Of course, I used to really like John Edwards, and he turned out to be a righteous prick.

Whatever.

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1 comment:

Amy said...

I think it's some sort of rule of induction into the Republican party that you have to pronounce "nuclear" wrong. Having grown up in Texas, I'm used to hearing it, but Jens has been known to start yelling pronunciation rules at the television during debates.