The political landscape at the moment is really an interesting beast.
Tomorrow — November 6th, 2018 — a broad set of political elections will be held, here in the US, ranging from local school boards to national positions.
Which is all fine and good and part of the ostensible "democratic process."
I guess the thing that kinda bugs me is that actual political dialogue seems to be more or less dead, in this country.
Life's a beach?
What I mean by that is that "discussing the issues" has been replaced by a battle of arguments and mudslinging, tightly defined around party/ideological lines.
Whether it's the candidates, themselves, or the people purporting to support those candidates, everybody just seems to want to be engaged in discrediting and attacking each other... and God forbid anyone should actually try to mediate and draw the conversation back to addressing problems and solutions.
I cannot recall the "US vs THEM" sentiment ever having been stronger.
But here's the thing that has been getting to me, on a more personal level:
On the occasions where I have (fairly recently) tried to simply understand and discuss what is troubling people and tried to talk about potential solutions (aside from "lynch mob mentality") I end up getting labeled wishy-washy or even an "arrogant bastard" for NOT getting out there and participating in the mudslinging.
In not-so-many-words, unless you are living in a place of perpetual reactivity... it's a sign that you "clearly don't CARE."
That... troubles me, for our collective future.
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Created at 181105 09:00 PDT