Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A bit of a rant

Due to the number of political ads on my blog, I have decided to block them, as well as a number of other categories that I feel do not represent me and my points of view.  I don't want the ads on my site to misrepresent me, and I don't want people to believe I support a certain candidate that I in fact don't.  If you don't know me well enough to know my political affiliations...  Then you should read my posts a little more carefully.

I will say that I have been a registered Democrat my entire adult life, more due to my philosophical beliefs than to loyalty to any individual candidate or, for that matter, the party itself.  For that reason, in particular, I will not openly support either of the major candidates, because I don't feel that either one really represents me, nor do I believe that my representatives or senators represent me, or the vast majority of people, either.  These people are nothing but frauds, taking money from wealthy private donors and forsaking all the rest of us.  If they truly wanted to do what was right, then people would have equal access to healthcare, but, if you're poor, then you're probably going to die of cancer or heart disease -- that is if the global financial market doesn't collapse and we don't all die in some kind of nuclear holocaust.  Artisans and small-business entrepreneurs are drowning.  More and more people have to rely on large, humorless corporate big brothers for work.

Quite frankly, if I didn't feel it was my civic duty, I wouldn't vote at all.  Again I will be voting for the lesser of two evils, even though I am certain neither candidate, even the one I am voting for, even give a damn about me and whether I succeed or fail.  Other than my small circle of family and friends, my wife, I am alone.  We are all alone in that way, unless you happen to be related to someone or know someone.  And I am not just talking about anyone.  That's why I am more focused on getting an education than making money.  One will always have value, the other, on the other hand, doesn't have sustainable value.

Anyway, that's why I try to not write directly about this sort of stuff, because it's damn depressing.  I would rather think about and focus on the things that truly matter in life, spending time with those you love, doing those things you love, and letting the world go to Hell, like it inevitably will because most people are too ignorant or weak or distracted (like me) or some combination of the three, to stand up and force the people who are in power to do what is right and actually represent the people and not just the people who have most of the money.

I might have contradicted myself at some point there, but I don't care.  Can anyone blame me for feeling angry and powerless at the same time?  Can anyone blame me for not feeling like I have any kind of public voice that any politician that has any authority will even recognize as legitimate, because I can't afford to donate to any campaign?

No.  I will focus on my wife, on my friends and family, on my school, my writing, my music...Because these are the people and the activities that make my life worth living, and I won't take them for granted.  The "leaders" of this country, on the other hand, took most of us for granted a long time ago.  That's why I will not advertise for them, I won't even mention them by name, and I definitely will not campaign for them.

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