Politickin’

Normally I’m not a fan of politics, because I feel that most politicians are so caught up in a certain party that they forget they are supposed to be representing actual people, and I find this irritating.

But I watched with interest as a lot of people filed for the various seats at the county commissioner level, which in Minnesota, doesn’t require a political affiliation. I’ve always heard a saying about not being able to complain about a problem unless you were ready to step up and be part of the solution, and I guess a bunch of people took that to heart this time around.

Either that or they were so impressed by the amounts of money all these people were making in office that they decided to jump on board that gravy train. Hard to say.

I think there are a lot of politicians who have good intentions when they start out, but something about putting them collectively in one place brings out the wheeler/dealer in them, lowers their IQ or they start bickering donkeys versus elephants and suddenly lack the sense or ability to get anything done. In most careers, that would lose you a job. But not in politics.

It is a shame, really, because for some reason, even though I’m not the political reporter, I seem to end up dealing with quite a few of them. And I like quite a few of them personally.

I just can’t seem to stem my disdain for the group as a whole, because after a while they all seem to blend together into one big politician. Or two, I guess – one Democrat and one Republican. Every single one of them starts out saying they won’t be a party person, that they’ll vote their mind and not their party. As far as I can tell, none of them really end up that way, because then they don’t get to keep their jobs. If their party doesn’t give them the nod for next time around, they don’t get elected again.

I have yet to hear an aspiring or already seated politician speak this election that does not mention party bickering, or the state shutdown, for that matter. I also have yet to hear one say anything that particularly inspires me to vote for one over the other, other than for personal reasons. Political rhetoric is just as active as the bickering, I guess.

I even told one guy he hadn’t said a single thing I hadn’t heard before. I told him I wasn’t moved by a thing he had to say.

“Convince me,” I requested.

He just repeated everything again. That didn’t work.

Other than an absentee ballot error when my husband was in the service, I have never missed the opportunity to vote. I know that every vote counts, in fact I wrote a story about it once when there was a one-vote separation between candidates in a local primary.

But sometimes, after listening to all the mudslinging, the name calling, the partyline blabber and the rhetoric, a person has to seriously wonder if a bunch of the system doesn’t need revamping. I’m thinking a Jell-O wrestling competition or geometry bee. Or both.

One thought on “Politickin’

  1. In my opinion, most running for a governing office say they’re not going to play politics and they’ll get things done for the good of the public. They mean well, but once they’re running and/or in office….it’s ALL about politics, and not always so much about governing.

    I, too, vote every time; it’s my duty and my privilege to do so.

    My favorite political situation has to be when Jesse Venture was elected governor of Minnesota, (I live in North Dakota). It seemed to me they voted him in because he said he wasn’t going to be like all the other politicians. Then, everyone was mad because he wasn’t like all the other politicians. HELLO! He did what he said he was going to! Why isn’t anybody mad when all the other politicians don’t do what they say they’re going to do once they get in office?

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