I have been asked why I do not discuss political things in this blog very often. I am happy to discuss why this is the case.
1. There are plenty of political pundits out there anyway, and most of these people do not know what they are punditing about, or are so strident in their views that there is no point in listening to them. They just shoot off their mouth about whatever. They are usually partisan, too, so the Conservative pundits defend their guy, and the Liberal ones, their guy. No amount of persuasion, no amount of argument, no amount of verbage, can get people on either side to accept that the other side may be correct about something. Just watch Larry King Live any night when they have a political panel on.
2. I have friends of all political stripes. Why would I risk alienating any of them by espousing my political views here? People of all political stripes have both pleased me and disappointed me. When I vote, I vote for the best person, and do not pay much attention to what his or her party affiliation may be.
3. People complain endlessly about politicians. George Carlin had a comment about it, and it is brilliant and I won't paraphrase it here. But I will add to it the comment that anybody who seeks political office must be a glutton for punishment. I feel that elected officials put up with so much crap that I wonder why they tolerate it. How would you feel if you were having dinner with your spouse and someone at the next table came over to you and started yelling at you about something? Politicians have to put up with that all the time. All the time.
So, to sum things up: I don't write about politics because while I will talk about it privately with friends, I do not really want to talk about it here. It is not that interesting to write about. I probably could not add much to political discourse by going on about it. And why tick off my friends? I want this to be a fun place to hang out.
There are plenty of blogs that discuss politics. Look for them, but not here.
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