It’s The Crazy Time Again

Well I wish I could say that it snuck up on me, but unfortunately its been going on for two years already. The Presidential Campaign. With the conventions underway (or soon to be), crazy time is squarely upon us. It makes me envious of the British Parliamentary approach, one whereby they can replace the prime minister in the time it takes to vote on a referendum, Brexit stage right.

I remember writing in this blog in 2008 with great anticipation on the election of Barack Obama. Our country had just elected a black man with a Muslim name who spoke forcefully and inspirationally about change. Because he looked and sounded so different than all who came before him, it was not naivete that led so many of us to believe that the change was just around the corner.

I, like so many others am still waiting.

It is not completely Obama’s fault that so little of the change he promised actually arrived in the way he promised it. We have a ridiculously broken and partisan political system, with our elected officials more concerned about re-election, and thus endless fund-raising, than governing. Much of the civility is gone, and it seemed to get worse with Obama as President, which I can’t help but think comes back to that being different thing I mentioned. Still, he was either unwilling or unable to do anything to make it better.

Adding to this gridlock is our two party system and the primary processes where the hard core of the respective parties carry disproportionate influence, resulting in the choice of candidates like we have in this go-around. Donald and Hillary. Really?

I can’t think of a single parent that I know, present or past, that would allow their children to speak to others the way that Trump has over the last two years. Yet each time he did so, seemingly sinking to new depths, he won another primary contest. He served up the red meat in big chunks and the dogs ate it up.

Contrasted with Hillary. So measured. So calculating. So political. So hated on the right. So why does it feel like nothing is going to change. Again.

So it’s six months and counting. Another opportunity for the people to speak…through the Electoral College. Another opportunity for our country to come closer to living into the ideals it promises. Another opportunity for change. You holding your breath?

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