Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sick of Politics?


Someone who replied to my Sick Day post the other day said they were sick of politics. I am, too. Recently I’ve been standing back and catching my political breath. When one relaxes and steps back it becomes more obvious that politics is cyclical and it swings like a pendulum. It swings from Progressive to Conservative and back again. It’s always been this way in our country.

Compare the Presidential political parties since 1901:

President # 26&27-Rep, 28&29-Dem, 30&31-R, 32&33 D, 34 R, 35&36 D, 37&38 R, 39 D, 40&41 R, 42 D, 43-R.

Another strange thing about politics is how favorable history becomes to those who were disgraced or disliked while they held the office. In spite all their faults while in office, history has become very kind to Johnson, Carter, Nixon, Ford and Clinton.

Yes, I’m sick of politics as well. Elections and recalls happen. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you. If it doesn’t go in your favor, give it four or eight years and things will most often return to your favor again.

There are good and bad consequences associated with every issue and every decision that is made. A level political head can see it both ways and roll with what comes. Passions will rise when issues and decisions push upon peoples’ livelihoods and/or deeply held beliefs.

There is always hope in the air that one day everything will line up and all things political will go the way of out personal politics. But realize if it ever does go that way, the pendulum will always swing back in the other direction again.

6 Comments:

Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I find it extremely discouraging, but believe most people enter politics not to do good, but to gain power and prestige. Even those who do the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington thing at the outset, they are soon just as bad as the rest.

Our mayoral race is pretty ridiculous. No one grabbed 50%, so we have six more months of campaigning. The housewife PTA woman turned mayor against the former professional basketball player turned developer. I still have trouble saying "our" mayoral race - don't really want to be connected to these people to closely.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous g said...

People used to ask me why I would be so nutty as to want to be a politician. Looking back, I was too young (26) to know any better.

I'm older and know now.

So, if you are a politician and over the age of 26, you have mental problems. Trust me. You just don't know it YET.

7:12 PM  
Blogger zoey said...

hi there. nice blog. though i am a politics junky, i do understand the "sick of politics" thinking. mostly i have "anticipatory sickness" --- thinking ahead to the next 5 months!

9:34 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, it always seems to be a close race these days. The days of land-slide elections are over unless one candidate is so bad or apathetic.

G, Yep, I noticed you were starting to lose it when you forgot to get on the ballot that one time.

Zoey, you'll be sick of a lot of things by then. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you here again. There's something different here every day.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous g said...

I think it was a sign of things to come.

7:45 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Too funny, G. Too funny.

7:50 AM  

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