I've been thinking more about politics more recently than I do on a usual basis.
I avoid it, not because I don't find it interesting, but because of the devisiveness that I see whenever politics is brought up. The ad hominem attacks by either side, in US politics, or from the various sides, in UK politics, are ridiculous and are fit more for 3 year old temper tantrums than for people trying to persuade.
This was probably due to the talk of politics over dinner on Friday night at which we were joined by a 20-year-old gay candidate for the Scottish National Parliament. He is running as a Tory. Which strikes me as almost as odd as a gay man running as a Republican. Good luck to him, I'm not eligible to vote for him even if I was already a British citizen since he's running for Aberdeen North, apparently. Wish I could remember his name. He was charming.
I looked at the profile for the US presidential candidates last night as I was going to bed.
Honestly, as grass roots as people say that the various candidates are, they really don't know what's going on every where. Or they do, but they don't understand it. (For example, I'm a Southerner, I'm Christian, and I'm more conservative than liberal on many things, but I'm vehemently pro gay civil rights. Didn't expect that, did you, Southern profilers?)
I came across a poem
today by G.K. Chesterton
. It's probably familiar to Brits, especially the line 'For we are the people of England, that never has spoken yet
', but as I said, I'm the last one to the party.
I liked these lines:We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
I firmly believe that America has become too diverse in its goals, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and political views for any one person to make the majority happy. (Though, I wish that religous beliefs didn't have to be included in that list, I'm such a separationist.)
The candidates this time around will have a tough time of it. I'm glad I'm not one of them.
If I had one word of advice to give to any of them, it would be this: don't use scare tactics to win the election. Don't try to make one portion of the population despise another.