This Is Stupid


Today I am mad as hell. Yesterday afternoon I found out that a candidate I voted for accepted money – A LOT OF MONEY- from one of my least favorite organizations. Like, THE WORST. The one that I dislike the most. The Anti-Liberty.

I’m a passionate person invested in politics so naturally my anger came seething from me in the form of clenched fists and brisk walks around the park. I wanted to yell, to stomp my feet and to quit. ‘This is so stupid!’, I thought to myself. ‘Why bother? Just stop paying attention, stop caring! Someone like me can never beat the game of money.’ And it happens all the time.

But I cant do that. Because the political world doesn’t stop- or even slow down- because I don’t like it. It doesn’t pause when I hiccup, or make the wrong choice. It doesn’t ease up when it seems like everyone around me is ‘selling out’ or when I feel like I’m riding a bike through two feet of peanut butter.

Charlie Harper once told me “This is an industry that is thankless, shallow, and soul crushing. It is designed to abuse the idealistic for the benefit of the soulless.” It’s probably the most honest statement anyone in politics has ever told me.

Politics is dirty. It’s filthy. It’s disheartening. People are mean. They lie. They stab you in the back. They say what they have to say and do what they have to do to get elected. They lose sight of why they were ‘doing it’ in the first place. They will be wrong. (You will be wrong!) They will let you down. (I can only think of two elected officials I know with certainty have never disappointed me. 2. Two. Dos.) That’s because everyone has their eye on the prize and rarely do those prizes look identical. And that’s okay.

So the days you want to give up, you absolutely should. You should go home to your family, or friends, or dogs, or a glass bottle of wine. Then, you should remind yourself why you’re doing it because at one point, there was a purity and a focus in you. You should take breaks and recharge, but never feel defeated. The system is the system. It will be broken whether you step up to the plate or not. You can either work within it (and it will run you over sometimes) or quit, but we all suffer every time one person drops out and stops articulating an opinion or fighting their own fight.

It doesn’t matter if you’re so Red, you’re already working on your “Draft Mitt Romney” Facebook page for 2016, or the Libertarian skipping every race on the ballot, or the Blue Dog donating to HillaryPac every day (just kidding- those folks don’t make money!).
The reality is that by playing the game in your own little way, somewhere along the line, while beating The Drum, you’ll change a heart and mind. You’ll lose some and you’ll win some, but you can’t say the same if you quit for good. So do quit. But just for the night.

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8 thoughts on “This Is Stupid

  1. James Camp

    Not to worry, just part of the learning process. You are stil young enough to think that people are going to do the right thing. But unfortunately that is not always the case. Especially in politics. Politics is all about winning. If a candidate needs money they will take it form just about anyone. Maybe even the devil himself. The only person that one can be sure of is themselves. I hear this and that about Obama, but does one really beilve that he gives a **** what anyone thinks, he’s been elected twice. he has all the money in the world to spend. He has access to more money than all the lotteries ever won. So, it’s not stupit. It is just the way it is.

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  2. Mike Kennedy

    Interesting comment that you know of only two elected officials who have never disappointed you. How do you define “disappoint”?

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    1. thePERSPICACIOUSconservative Post author

      I would say my statement is two pronged. One side is that I am an idealist, I still have my purity and won’t give in to the system.
      The other is that I hold elected officials to that purity and hate to see them compromise their own principles for the game.

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      1. Mike Kennedy

        I assume you mean ethical purity and not philosophical purity. Take Congress for example. There are 205 Democrats in the House and 53 Democrats in the Senate. If you expect philosohpical, uncompromising purity from Republicans, er — Defenders of Liberty — in that environment, then yes, you will be constantly disappointed. It’s not realistic.

  3. HarryA

    The only resolution I have found is not to vote early. As you can see, what comes out of hope can turn into despair in a heart beat.

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