All Politics Is Local… Except It’s Not

2018-10-07_16-26-33.pngI know the old saying that “all politics is local” but at least in my case it really isn’t.  Yeah, I know that the county commissioner in my small Indiana shut down the recycling center because he said it wasn’t making enough money.  Realizing that he was a very Red Republican I always suspected that there was another reason he really wasn’t telling us about. It ends up that he wants the land that the recycling center is on to build a bigger jail for the county! We are one of the smallest counties in the State but he thinks more of us should be in jail.  The funny thing about all this was that soon after this all happened he was found guilty of a couple of felonies related to his abuse of office.  Of course, with his connections he was only given probation instead of jail time so I guess he won’t get the opportunity to use the new jail if/when it is built.

Except for this story and a few others, I really don’t pay much attention to what happens locally or even around the State. Almost all of my political attention has been at the national level for several years now.  That realization made me come to an epiphany lately.  Given that Indiana is a very Red State, I’m sure there are all kinds of cantankerous things going on in Indiana that I know nothing about that would give me heartburn if I did. I manage to dodge those bullets so why don’t I do the same thing for “Inside-the-beltway” politics?  Wouldn’t my life be happier?

I seem to bounce around between apathy and staying involved. Would it really matter if I just dropped out? But then again, what would I do with all the time I spent ranting about Radical-Right-Republicans and especially about #CO3.  🙂

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#CO3 = Current Oval Office Occupant

4 thoughts on “All Politics Is Local… Except It’s Not

  • In politics I have always tended to lean right, however, lately I have pretty consciously given in to apathy. I am just so sick of all the bickering. Someday I will probably re-involve myself. A good citizen, no matter what his or her leanings, should probably at least keep up with what is happening and perhaps even participate at some level. But not now. Right now and for a little while longer, I am going to revel in my apathy. I must say it is very liberating not caring who wins what race and certainly not caring about whatever issue has people ginned up today knowing full well it will be something else tomorrow. Like I say, someday maybe, but right now I have better things to do. Good luck to you and your website. Enjoy!

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    • Tim, I understand where you are coming from but I kinda think this coming election is likely the most important one in the last 50 years that I have been voting. If the Republicans maintain control of Congress, Trump will think he has a green light to fundamentally change what America has stood for in our 250-year existence.

      I have been a political junky for the last 50 years and an American history nut for longer than that, and this election scares me the most of all of them. Just because we have been strong for what seems like forever doesn’t mean that things can’t change on a dime so to speak.

      I just don’t want my few remaining years on this earth to be about struggling for existence because the current Oval Office occupant caused another world war. He really scares me.

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  • I ask myself this question often. I too am more mentally involved with national politics. But I’m drawn to it. I want to know what’s going on. What atrocity trump has said or done now and there’s something everyday.

    Beyond that I feel a need to believe I’m on the ” right” side of decency, fairness, compassion and acceptance of others who are different. When I watch the news and feel incensed, horrified and stupefied by trump and the republicans, I can sense, beyond a doubt, I am correctly justified in those feelings and I feel pride in the type of person I am not perfect, by any means, but on the right track.

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