The cancerous state of politics

Maybe it has always been this way.

Maybe political parties have always used fear tactics and negative reinforcement to demonize anyone who disagrees with them.  Maybe politics has always been cancerous and rotten.

Maybe.

But just because something has always been rotten, does that mean we should continue to make it part of our daily diet?   Shouldn’t we the people, at some point, refuse?   If it is making us sick and diseased, why do we continue to partake, participate and then complain about the fact that our system is still so unhealthy?

We are like a terminally ill lung cancer patient who has crazy doctors prescribing cigarettes as treatment; we know it’s wrong, but we still smoke those six packs of cigarettes a day and then complain that the doctors don’t know what they are doing.

I am a registered Democrat.  I vote mostly on social issues.   For the past 8-10 years, I’ve received regular emails from the DCCC – the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.   Usually I don’t read them, but in the last 10 months or so the headlines really started to bother me.  At first I just continued to delete them, but then I decided to keep some in a draft message so that I could refer to them when I finally sat down to write this post.

Here is a sampling of headlines from messages I have received in the last month or two:

  • “Heartbreaking Setback”
  • “Disaster!”
  • “HUGE Mistake”
  • “Sadly”
  • “Amy, stick it to Boehner”
  • “All hope is lost”
  • “Devastating losses”
  • “DOOMED”
  • “Boehner blindsided”
  • “Boehner humiliated”
  • “President Obama just RIPPED speaker Boehner to shreds (it was AMAZING).

Notice anything?

Seriously, is this what people want from their congressional committee?  It sounds like the world is about to end, and I’m sure that is exactly the intent.

As of today I am unsubscribing.  They can take their bile elsewhere.

Republican/Tea Party friends (yes, I have some), is it the same on your side of the aisle?  Do you get bombarded with negative emails lamenting your losses and bragging about your ‘victories’ using vernacular more commonly seen in books about high school cliques?

Why do we allow it?  Why have we become a nation where anyone who doesn’t agree with us is the enemy?

I wonder what would happen if we stopped putting up with it.  If we really, truly, used our voting power for change and, since our country does not have a “no confidence” choice on the ballot (and oh how I wish we did), we either wrote it in or refused to vote at all.   What would happen if 100% of the citizenry voted no confidence by not voting at all?   Would the electoral college still cast their ballots?

Something needs to change, and no matter what we say it is up to us.  We like to complain about those packs of cigarettes our doctors keep handing us, but we keep on smoking them, so is it any wonder the cancer is getting worse?

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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3 Responses to The cancerous state of politics

  1. Doug says:

    Political shout outs ruined facebook for me. Our Congressman has a daily “I’m getting to the bottom of ____!” “Like if you agree!” and there’s no way to block it.

    • Amy says:

      It has gotten ridiculous all the way around. My Congressman doesn’t do that at least, thank goodness!

  2. M says:

    Thank you for posting this. As you know, I/we are on the opposite side. And it is the same for us. We have come to the opinion that it does not matter who is elected; which “side”. There is no “side”. It is all the same. We are very tempted to not vote at all. But there is a saying here “if you don’t vote, don’t gripe”. Even though it may not matter, not voting makes us feel we have handed over our lives to……. whoever has the most money and makes the most promises. And I also, have unsubscribed from all of the “news” letters, and have stopped listening to TV and radio. We try to overlook on purpose the “news” in the paper.