Several years ago I was a politics fanatic. I knew all the players the state and national level and got to spend time eating with and talking to some of them. At one point, I even looked at a political run that was (fortunately) preempted by a friend who decided to run for the spot.
Here’s some things I learned:
Most of the people in politics care. Most of them do, both Democrat and Republican. Talking to them one-on-one, you gain an appreciation for what motivated them to start off in politics.
None of them are as bad or as good as people say. I remember when Jimmy Carter was running for office and hearing a man say, “I’ll move to Mexico if he’s elected.” Well, he’s still living in Texas and the world didn’t implode. It’s the same with Bill and George and Barak and Hillary and Donald and Ted. They are all swayed by big money. They all forget the one-on-one conversations when the campaign is over. They all do what the votes tell them to do. None of them go in as statesman but politicians.
Democrats can spend money and don’t let a budget stop them. Well, a bunch of Democrats do anyway. When I lived in Fort Worth I met Charlie Geren, a Democrat representing that area. He was a good guy and I thought had a pretty good fiscal policy. I’d vote for him again.
Republicans spend too much time fretting over money. This world has problems and this country has a s$#tload of money to help with those problems. It should be the church doling it out but too many churches can barely make it as it is with people giving so little. It’s a little bizarre when the Democrats look more Christian than the evangelical right.
Whoever wins won’t have a big impact on my life. The super rich find lots of loopholes to avoid paying taxes. The middle class will pay what they have to pay and just try to keep the kids in college and the house together. The rest are too poor to do much about anything and keep getting poorer. With a recent unemployment spell and 4 kids in college I don’t have any money so they can’t take much more from me.
All of them scare me! There’s not a person in the race I would vote for right off the bat. Bernie may be a little crazy. I think Hillary is a bad person and has done some very bad things. Trump is an egotistical lunatic. I wouldn’t trust Ted Cruz as far as I could throw him. He’s as big a whiner as Donald and I get the feeling he would sell his soul for the vote. Rubio, Kasich and Carson all have me wondering but they still scare me. I appreciate Kasich’s aim to run a clean campaign but he doesn’t say enough at times. Carson is too quiet. Rubio, well, he’s on the edge of brawling and I wonder what power will do to him.
It’s a crazy world out there and no one in politics to be in politics is going to change it. One day a change will come. One day.
Grace and peace.