I was just out in the yard mowing my two and a half acres and started thinking about how I am more relaxed now that I have greatly reduced my diet of politics. There is little that goes on in that world now that would spur anything other than frustrations. I have admitted that in 2008 I actively supported the candidacy of Barak Obama. His rhetoric was very inspiring to me. He gave me hope that he could affect the changes necessary to restore this country to some form of sanity.
In the five years since that time I have been disheartened by President Obama’s actions. Except for a meager attempt at universal healthcare, of which he is even backing away from now, he has basically turned his back on all of his campaign promises. Like so many other instead of affecting any change in Washington that place has totally changed him. I guess I should not be surprised by that. Campaign promises very quickly pile on the ash heap of time after almost every election cycle. But I guess I am still, after all these years a somewhat naive person who holds out hope for promises made.
Getting back to my lawn mower philosophizing I have come to realize that neither political party deserves my vote anymore. I take my voting rights very seriously. It is the way I can affect how our government works. It is the foundation of our democracy. My vote is a serious thing and I don’t want to waste it on candidates who are not worthy of it. For that reason I am looking seriously at third-party candidates, especially those who might dawn the Centrist Movement label. Something at a very basic level must change in our nation’s capital in order to go forward. I don’t think that change will happen within the present two-party system.
I seem to do some of my best thinking will running around in circles in my 2+ acres. I think that is the main reason I actually look forward to doing that weekly chore. 🙂