Month: February 2016

Political Pop Stars

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I’m back again.

I think I’ve said this before and you’ve probably noticed:  I like to observe people.  One thing I’ve noticed is that people tend to do a lot of the same stuff most of the time.  We call it our “Routine”.  I definitely have my weekday routine.  I get flustered if something interrupts it because then I can’t rely on my body to go through the motions of getting through the day without having to think about it too much.

Maybe that’s why this year’s presidential campaign is so interesting.  We have had so many politicians going through the same tired routine of campaigning that we only half listen to what they say because they have all said it before.  John McCain tried to mix it up some by enlisting Sarah Palin.  She made it interesting for a short time until we all figured out that she really didn’t know much about anything that mattered.  This time around there are certainly some interesting characters.

The Republican side has more than its fair share.  You know the ones I mean.  I’m glad these candidates are shaking things up, but that side of the political stage disturbs me.  The top polling candidates are determined to get attention by shouting over each other.  It feels like the campaign has become an episode of Survivor.  We can’t wait to find out who gets voted off the island next.  Maybe it’s because there is a “reality” show pop star in the mix.  He has brought “reality” show drama into mainstream politics.  I find it sad because people are responding to it.

And the candidates who want to ignore the parts of the constitution that guarantee human rights are being thrust forward by these same people.  The Republicans proclaim that our freedoms are in jeopardy, but some of them are endangering our freedom of speech and freedom of religion put forth by the constitution.  I am a Christian, but the last thing I want is for Christianity to become the “state” religion.  If we squash the rights of people who follow a different religion then how long will it be before the government decides to dictate what Christians can and cannot believe.  That’s scary.  Please, let’s not do that to ourselves.

Then there is the Democrat side.  We have a moderate candidate who isn’t doing as well as everyone thought because she is boring.  The other choice is so much more colorful and fun to watch.  It doesn’t matter that he goes to the opposite extreme of the spectrum.  He’s entertaining.  We fear extremists when it comes to terrorism.  Why don’t we fear extremist political pop stars?

(Insert sigh here.)

I’m not going to back any particular candidate in this post.  Whoever I vote for is my business.  I have the right to vote the way I want.  I have the right to vote privately.  I hope I get to keep those rights if the wrong person is elected to office.