DEFENSIVE POLITICS- WHY?
I have lived through a sad period of history since I cast my first vote in 1951. My grandfather was a conservative Democrat that served as County Clerk of Palo Pinto county Texas for many years. I remember as a boy one summer he carried me to Mineral Wells where I was born in 1930 to a rally for W. Lee O’Daniels, who was running for Governor. I will never forget the flags and banners and listening to the “Light Crust Doughboys” band that he had founded. Politics for my first 40 years was fun and you actually were proud to support your candidate of choice , without having to listen to mudslinging.
Now we have politics 24/7, 365 days of the year. This year we must endure an extra day which occurs every four years to make it more unbearable on everyone. Our President was running for re-election before he was sworn in for his first term. One nice thing happens when we have an incumbent Democrat running for re-election as the Democrats do not have to trash each other. They have enough sense to close ranks and let the Republicans slaughter each other with the progressive and liberal media making sure that we know everything questionable about their past. Every day I am hammered with everyone’s infidelity, wealth, if they didn’t brush their teeth and their religious beliefs if they have one.
Watching the Republican debates is like watching a soap opera, except that each one is a repeat of the first one, over and over again. Even the Democrats do not skew, barbecue and trash each other in the years they have to change because of term limits or defeat.
Now let me share how anyone with an ounce of common sense has to decide which candidate to support. When the process started to select a candidate to hopefully oust Emperor Obama, we had some ten people hoping to be his opponent. I suppose we all had one candidate we liked before the battle began. I know I did and the slaughter began. My first choice was forced to withdraw after the media trashed him for personal reasons instead of attacking his accomplishments that were rich with success and leadership. My second choice committed oral suicide before he was slaughtered. I really had not chosen a third choice and by then it was obvious that my choice of who to support was really selecting who I disliked the most.
I then awakened to fact that politics of today is not supporting anyone, but just picking the one you like the least and vote against them. I find that this change of thinking has now let me spend less time finding how good a candidate is, just focus on who you dislike the most. I now use this logic from Justice of the Peace to President of America.
There is a positive gain for me in that I have a lot more time to devote to golf and watch TV and possibly improve my handicap and intelligence rather than waste my time with politicians.
Try it, you may like it!