But I can't say any of that anymore. As our political organizations have become more extreme in the defense of their own views and of their opposition of all else, as the media has become more interested in stories of conflict, and as ordinary Americans (and, sadly, the youngest generation) see and hear less and less compromise, I have given up on speaking up - unless, of course, I'd be willing to shout.
I don't think that politics was always about winning. Don't get me wrong, it's always been a bit about power and influence. But lately the voices of reason and moderation have been marginalized as shouting and the squeezing through of agenda has taken over. The goal is to win, not to find a good way or a practical way or reach a compromise. They walk away, literally WALK AWAY if they don't like what they hear. They ignore, IGNORE, anyone who disagrees. It's not about the natural swing of power, it's about a "mandate". It's not about voicing an opinion that's not mainstream, it's being a "whack job".
I don't think I'm alone in this. Too often I hear of people giving up on politics, giving up on the system, begging for a third party, and asking how the hell we get out of this mess of a political environment.
The thing is, some had hope a few years ago, in Obama - certainly a life-leaning candidate, but an agent of change and hope nonetheless. Hope that he could shake things up, take the high road and be the better man, a compromiser. He said so much that gave so much optimism about who we are and what we can accomplish and how we can overcome our problems. He said so many of the right things, without even doing them, that he got a Nobel Peace Prize. Now that is nothing if not hope: the promise and potential and premature vision of better things.
And then he walked into office being followed by his own party in the majority; they over-ran him with their WE WON! mentality, and we sunk further into the pit for another two years. And those that flocked to his speeches with fresh faces and the encouragement and empowerment to make a difference have fallen back under the shadow of what he called "
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