We Need to Care

As someone who worked (…interned) in the political-campaign world, and studied politics, I used to find myself very very concerned with keeping up with every update of the presidential campaign. But that, in and of itself, can feel like a full time job, at times. But now, as I’m transitioning to working for an already-elected-official, and applying to law school, I don’t always have the time to keep up with everything that’s going on. There’s so much drama, the scandals are unfolding; this is usually something I care deeply about, yet it’s becoming an exhausting hobby. Dare I say it — but am I turning into one of those average Americans who only worries about politics when something big or crazy is happening?

I don’t think so. But I think it’s important to be aware that the drama, the scandals, and the very time consuming exhausting task of staying aware and informed is, well, such a huge task! And I don’t think I’m alone in that the drama and pettiness of the campaign is a major turn off. Who wants to sift through all the he said she said to learn about policy? Who wants to talk about issues when it just boils down to an argument Over candidates?

This wasn’t the most ‘prepared’ post, so in case you don’t get my point, I’ll try and make it short and sweet: people need to care about what’s going on in our country and they don’t. So what I want for this next election, what I want from our next president, is someone who will steer the discussion back to the actual issues, back to informed discussion on the future of our debt, our foreign policy, our economy, climate change. I don’t want to hear about who criticized who and when. I want to hear about who has a plan to actually accomplish anything in the White House.

Because maybe when all the drama and mindless bickering is taken out of campaigns, more people will pay attention to what really matters. Maybe.