At the grocery store, two men were yelling at each other. I’m staring ever-so-intently at a jar of raspberry jam and these guys are screaming at each other at the top of their lungs. What about?
Politics. One of them was obviously either a teacher/state worker or had someone in his family who was. The other guy’s complaint? He had a Cadillac for a car.
It is impossible to express how depressing the mood here has been for the past year and a half. Neighbors build fences. Grown men and women argue, throw rocks, rip up signs, break friendships… There’s been some highlights, too, Well, you get the idea. In our state, you’re either one of us or one of them. Those who are heavily into the recalls seem to view it as a sport. Never mind some of the specifics of what’s happened. (Some of the initiatives, like the repeal of Equal Pay Rights, are downright insulting.) But what about the human cost about what’s happening here beyond the financials? Torn relationships? Students who no longer respect their teachers? Employers who now can freely treat women differently from men in the workplace? Who cares about those things, right?
When you’re red or blue and there’s no in between, it’s difficult to move “forward” (our state’s motto). This is the reason why compromise is not a bad word, it’s supposed to be a sign of leadership when dealing with people you don’t agree with. (Oh, and don’t believe the news, either. There is no (and never has been) a landslide here.) So much of what’s been going on is from out-of-state “interested parties” and pundits vying for that next headline. They don’t care about what our lives have been like. On the ground, politics are very close and the effects are very real. One out of two for either “red” or “blue” — for those that care or go out and vote.
I don’t know how long it’ll take for my state to get back to normal, but I can tell you this: I am not looking forward to Tuesday.
Comments are closed to avoid the trolls. Seriously, this isn’t a place for you to argue with me about how I feel or push your own agenda.
- Mood: Blargh
Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Ermm… Not confessing that today.
Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Walk and LOTS of housework.
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