Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Politics -

I always vote.  I voted for Shirley Chisholm for president way back when, and have continued to vote, almost always for the lesser of two evils, but the more I read about these two ding-a-lings running for governor in CA, I think I am going to leave that spot blank.  I am not going to vote for people who campaign negatively.  How hard is it to say this is what I am going to do for the environment, instead of this is what the other guy did not do for the environment?   I don't understand it, and I am sick of it.  I am also sick of having my phone ring every 20 minutes with a computer message of who I should vote for.

I am also struggling to understand why Joe Nation, who I did admire, is running against Lynn Woolsey, who,  in my opinion, has served admirably.  When I see his negative advertising campaign against her, I back off completely and wonder why he didn't choose to run where I could have supported him.  I have lost my respect for him, and for the whole game of politics.  I am not going to vote for people who campaign negatively.  I am seriously considering leaving the spot for governor blank, unless in the next bit of time, one of them convinces me they actually have some ethics.  I am so sick of the lying, and I look out on this beautiful day and wonder why it is so hard for a politician to just say what they are for.

In communications work with Mudita Nisker and Dan Clurman, I learned to use I language.  I think.  I feel, not you are an asshole, and responsible for all my problems.  I don't understand why our politicians can't take advantage of the opportunities that abound, and learn some basic communication skills.   Maybe, then, they could  make some statements they can fulfill, and then, do just that,  when they are elected.   Wouldn't that be loverly? 

It is a weekend for dreams, as we honor those who have died, and look back and forth, caught between different ways of meeting an evolving world.   This world is made up of wonderful people.  It should not be that hard to find leaders who lead with ethics, empathy,  understanding, and I statements.  "I will do this.  I pledge to do this."  Pledge, and mean it.  That's where I'll bite. 

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