Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I will always be a political person. I care too much. As much as I would love to just ignore politics, messy as they currently are, I can’t help myself. Frankly, it is tearing me up inside. As a libertarian who is fiscally conservative and generally socially liberal, I am represented nowhere. The politicians I support either are far too smart to run for the office of President, unwilling to play the necessary game, or already out of the running due to the same issue. Any of those individuals could also be described as far too nice as well.
I’d love to become more politically involved, but I do not have the stomach for it. I am so sick of the constant blame on all sides, the unwillingness on all sides to solve the real issues, and identity politics. I refuse to be told how to vote due to the fact that I am a woman, the fact that I am a college student and a future teacher. I am also a future small business owner who values fiscal responsibility, which by the way, I see from neither party. I am extremely angry at a party leadership that does its best to suppress the will of the people and fails to address the real issues facing their party members. By the way, I am talking about the leadership of both political parties. Neither are working to address the real issues faced by younger voters, those who are struggling financially, or those who have given up. On the left, Bernie Sanders garners popular support while realistically never having a chance due to the Democratic Party rules that allow for super delegates, helping Clinton pull away in the delegate count in spite of tepid support. On the right, the Republican Party leadership – the “establishment,” whatever that is – is throwing everything it has at Trump. Both political parties are ignoring the real issues facing their supporters.
What upsets me the most is that there is no room for compromise anymore. As a result, nothing gets accomplished. So many people get wrapped up in their political beliefs that they do not even want to talk to someone with different political beliefs. It deeply saddens me. I have friends with vastly different political views than mine. I respect that. Everyone has a reason for their political views. I have deeply held beliefs and experiences that underscore mine. Why is it so hard to believe that there is more than one way to look at the world? Unfortunately, I am not sure when basic respect left political discussion in the US, but it most certainly has.
What am I left with in this situation? I am not sure. I can only hope that things get better. I would love to get politically involved, but how do I do just that when I don’t fully support any of the current candidates? Yes, the traditional political system is broken. Here’s to hoping that it can be fixed and that we can all listen to one another once again.