- Seeing throngs of people bowing down and worshiping a candidate like they are the 2nd coming of Jesus. If the person you worshiped 4 years ago didn’t bring the world into utopia, this person won’t either. Stop frothing at the mouth about them.
- How politics makes enemies of friends. Man, do people get angry about their politics. People who would normally be friends now shoot barbs back and forth to each other, calling each other all sorts of elementary school playground insults. We tell our kids not to call people idiots, morons or stupid, then we do this every time there is a political election. The candidates do it to each other. We do it to the candidates. And we do it to those who support a different candidate than us. And social media makes it soooooooooo much worse.
- It’s another reminder of how politics randomly forces us to choose who to oppress. Politics is like going to the grocery store, but instead of getting to choose what you buy, there are two pre-packaged sacks of food waiting for you. You do not get a choice as to what goes into the sacks, but you are forced to purchase one of the bags and take it home with you…and eat everything in the bag. One bag has corn and chips and apples and ham in it. Sounds good. It also includes pickled pigs’ feet, cow brain, and squid guts. You want to vomit…so you check out bag #2. Cookies, cheese, eggs, and rice. Very promising. But as you dig around you also find fish eyes, a sheep head and bat paste. This is politics. It doesn’t matter if you like both ham and rice. You don’t get both. It doesn’t matter if you want to preserve life in one way and also preserve it another way. Choose who will live, and who will die. And still try to sleep at night. (It will be funny when I get emails or blog comments from people telling me that their bag doesn’t have any feet, brains, guts, heads, eyes or bat paste in it…no, they do, you have just acquired a taste for them)
- How almost everyone in politics is bought. Derek Webb has a great line in his song “A Savior on Capitol Hill.” “And as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills. We’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill.”
You have politicians standing resolutely on an issue at one point in their career, only to see them fighting for the polar opposite side of things 10 years later. Sometimes they even jump ship altogether and switch to an entire new party, talking as if they’d always been there. The truth is, many politicians really don’t care about the issue you love them for, what they care about is getting money from lobbyists and political action committees who will fund their campaign, which will help them get your vote.
Did you know that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent approximately one billion dollars each on their 2012 presidential campaigns? (See New York Times Campaign Finance Report). If you include all of the 2012 elections, the number is somewhere around 6 billion dollars spent.
Why is that money necessary?
Where do you think that money comes from?
What do you think a politician will say or do to get that money?
Be active. Support causes and issues on moral and spiritual grounds, not on partisan grounds.
Push to make politics less like the cable bundle you overpay for that comes with a bunch of garbage channels and more where you get an actual say on a policy-by-policy basis as a voter.
Be involved in politics with the mission of redeeming it.
But do not become a part of the machine or fall in love with the machine.