I gush with praise for people who can craft an article about politics that is informative, interesting and minimally infuriating. It’s a gift to those of us who lack not only the interest but also the impulse control required to provide readers with a piece of journalism that contains the integrity and unbiased view of a political issue or person that it deserves.
You read that right. I believe that political issues and politicians deserve high quality and respectable coverage. I say this because there are so many people like me who NEED information about the political world delivered with minimal emotion and maximum information. My Meyers-Briggs profile is ENFP, which makes me the perfect candidate for becoming either a cult member or a political patsy. I need the facts delivered free of fiery rhetoric or emotion to distract me.
Because of all the above information, in the past I have not written, spoken or read much about politics. But a few days ago I talked a bit of politico with a life-long Republican who actually wore black for a week in order to demonstrate her grief when Bill Clinton was elected the first time. Actually I listened more than I talked. And what I heard stunned me. This woman is planning to vote for Obama IF she votes at all.
What the WHAT?
The only thing that surprised me more this week was Rush Limbaugh’s apology for his dunderheaded comments about sluts and stuff. I mean what does a former drug addict know about being a skank? Now if he was spouting off about illegal narcotics the guy would have my ear for real! But I was talking about avoiding the politic-talk, wasn’t I?
So I got to thinking about CONSIDERING a re-visit of my avoidance of all things political and that led to my decision to seriously re-consider my stance on this avoidance and the reasons behind it. I came to the conclusion that I need to stop fearing the possibility that I’ll develop a delusional idea that my involvement and interest can actually make a shred of difference amidst the current climate of corruption and chaos that is pervasive in the American political system. I don’t use the term DELUSION in a mocking or light manner.
For me, it was a carefully chosen word to describe what I believe to be the current reality for most people my age who have lost their idealism and have become apathetic and ignorant. Exercising an attitude of indifference is an illusion I’ve attempted to perpetuate in order to distract me from my disgust and fear. I DO CARE about what happens, but the powerlessness I feel with regard to the existing awfulness in government drives me back to my beloved fiction, professional writings and of course the celebrity smut that I LOVE ( and writing about the crazy kid stuff too). But I’m branching out!
I’m casting off my crown of cowardice and taking the plunge into the political pow-wow because my passion for health psychology and all things mentally magnificent cannot exclude this fascinating and important part of life. And if I’m being honest, when I looked at the absolutely endless amount of material the world of politicians provides in terms of dysfunction, diagnosis and debauchery, I recognized it well worth risking entertaining some delusions for the sake of entertaining education.