There is a gentle quietness about my life these days that I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate -- that is until I make the mistake of turning on the TV! And then there is all the madness, the idiocy, the insanity as we approach the conventions, the Olympics, and the elections. So, I tell myself, turn off the TV, go back to writing, reading – go ride the stationery bike, do something constructive instead sitting in front of the tube frothing at the mouth! And I do, talking to myself all the time, mumbling under my breath about how many idiots there are in politics today. But is it just today? Has there always been this madness? Have I forgotten how bad things have been before? Well, I certainly haven’t forgotten the outrageous mess of 2000 that got all of this started in the first place, but what about before that? Was I so involved with earning a living, raising four kids, working, that somehow I just didn’t pay that much attention? Well, for one thing there is so much more media coverage, scrutiny than there was “back then” and that’s what it seems like – way back then!
Right now I just want it all to be over, I want the Republicans thrown off the highest cliff, I want to see our country recover from the past eight years, I want to see the huge gap closed between the very, very wealthy and the rest of us. I don’t want to have to try and count the zeros in the amount of money made by Exxon in another quarter. I don’t want to have to continue looking at Dick Cheney’s sneer or George Bush’s smirk.
I know, this probably sounds so foolish and childish – after all, it is politics! What do you expect? I’ll tell you what I expect and that is to have leaders that care about the people of this country, the school systems, the economy, the environment, of finding ways to reduce our dependency on oil. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.