You know that Washington is pretty much bought and paid for, right?
Right now it’s about money and people making more money. It’s about manufactured crisis, it’s about using language that gets people to feel such strong emotions that facts are secondary. I realize more and more each day that it’s about language. And it’s not just happening in the nation’s capitol, it’s happening here in Tennessee. That’s a lot of money for an ad campaign, campers.
When I was younger, for example, a background check for a gun was called a “cooling off” period because no one wanted some one to go on a revenge mission if they were upset. Instead, we now have people fighting for the sake of fighting craving outrage like a drug addict looks for his/her next score where people can’t even have a decent conversation about gun rights.
Common sense is secondary. It’s about money for the next election. It’s about money.
Headlines have become our gods of this period of time in history. It’s more of being first with a story, especially nationally, instead of being right. I love social media and I make my living, as meager as it is, from it but I still believe that we also need to be right.
Why do you think that the Huffington Post carries stories about not only politics but nip-slips, side boobs, television shows, weird news, sex and a plethora of different components? I believe it has to do with consumption, we are a nation that wants what we want and we want it now. WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS PAGE TO LOAD! Politics is not always sexy. Fighting and fussing and freaking out over things that didn’t, quite frankly, have to happen is. Bob Woodward is a perfect example of this from the shenanigans from last week.
It’s like watching old episodes of Dynasty waiting for Linda Evans and John Collins to start throwing fisticuffs.
There is a lack of patience that has morphed into entrails of outrage because we want what we want right now. And I mentioned to a friend of mine earlier this week that we have been force fed a mantra that we should trust no one. We see a society moving toward completely dismissing poverty, but so many of our friends and neighbors have lost so much in the past 10 years, does this mean that we walk away from them as well. When did we forget about helping our neighbors even in small meaningful ways?
There is such a casual apathy right now for people just trying to make a living wage. There is disdain for women and minority groups who are being told you will make less money for doing the same job and we will fire you if we damned well want too. The list goes on … for those of us paying attention and who know that government and politics can work toward a goal of protecting all Americans and all Tennesseans it is mightily disheartening.
We need to reverse the apathy. We need to do things because we should, because it is right to do.
It might behoove some of our elected to officials to start thinking about their legacies as well. Do you want to be an ambassador of hope or one that no one remembers your name? And, yes, there will have to be some compromise but also trust and goodwill.
You start thinking about legacies as you get older. Trust me on this one.