What is My Political Stance?
November 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Oops. In my Pre-Thanksgiving stupor I hit save rather than publish on this post. I didn’t realize it until I just started writing my second post. We all make mistakes. Rick Perry will tell you that “oops” is such a good word to use when you do.This week I’m turning my attention to the political world I’ve been tuning out for a good decade or so. My brain is already hurting with the fallout of the stalemate of the Super Committee. Obama issued a dispassionate update to the American public wiping his hands of the issue putting it back on an ineffectual Congress. The Media is more concerned with whose fault our current predicament is than what can be done moving forward. It appears I haven’t missed much.
One might think I’m crazy during the week of Thanksgiving to want to make sense of the current world of American politics. It’s not something I’m especially thankful for at the moment and I know I’m not alone in that. Congressional disapproval is at an all time high of 80%. The lack of ability to come to agreement is ridiculous and seems hopeless that anything will be accomplished until the 2012 election is decided.
I used to be a big believer in power of the political system. I was President of my high school. When I went to college I majored for a short period of time in Political Science. I was in Student Government and elected Vice President of my university. My Senior year I started a state wide group of student governments to be a voice for higher education reform in South Carolina. It was at that point, when I got a glimpse of how hard it is to get anything accomplished, that I decided it was not for me and got as far away from it as I could.
I have since still voted in Presidential election years, as a Democrat, but I have never really bothered with the issues and accusations floating around the world of politics. A lot has happened over the last decade. Our country is undergoing interesting political changes resulting from the 2008 economic crisis on both sides of the Congressional floor. There’s the Tea Party Movement and the Occupy Wall Street protests to contend with.
I think it’s time to get back in, brush the dust off of my political views and evaluate what’s happening out there. This assumes I will be able to make sense of it, but it is my hope that I can make greater sense of the issues, especially economic ones, and to formulate my stance on who I support in our most pressing issues.