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Political Thoughts on a Friday Afternoon

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The national mood (much less mine) has seemed apocalyptic. The politics get more polarized; the POTUS bloviates and prevaricates, then deserts long-term allies in a shameful move; the politics get even more polarized, where some people for some reason still think this POTUS walks on water (and most of the rest realize not only that he doesn’t, but none of us do).

The mood in my state of Wisconsin isn’t that great, either. It’s fall, and it’s chilly. Our state politics have been polarized a long time, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. But worse yet is the feeling that very few elected officials are looking out for us at any level…and that this isn’t going to change unless we vote as many of the current crop of politicians out as possible.

(Except for those few who do seem to have a shred of public service somewhere deep inside, that is. They can stay.)

I can’t help but see these things, and be appalled. I care that we get the best representation possible at all levels, from honorable people doing their best to figure out how to run things the very best way they can. Not for greed or graft. Not for personal gain in any way. But because it’s the right thing to do.

Maybe I’m still an idealist at heart. Perhaps I am.

But we should be doing better than this. We deserve to have open, rational dialogues about the tough issues facing our world, much less this country and this state. We need to know the hard facts. (Not alternative facts, whatever the Hell they are.) We need to understand that traditional conservative values about saving money and paying down the national (and state) debt and not spending money on frivolous things like gold-plated faucets in executive washrooms are good things. And we also need to understand that traditional, small-l liberal values of freedom, justice, and the dignity of human worth are also good things.

We’ve become so polarized in the US that it’s possible to say one thing, and depending on what political party one belongs to, people hear it two ways.

That’s just wrong.

We are all human beings. We all deserve the chance to figure ourselves out. And we deserve the chance to live in a peaceful world, one where we don’t desert our long-term allies at the drop of a hint or the whim of an erratic and unskilled POTUS.

Our Congress, and our state government, on down to city and local governments, needs to start working for us. Rather than above us, besides us, or in spite of us.

I don’t know if we can get there anytime soon. But we have to start trying.

Otherwise, we’ll continue to get the neglectful, wasteful, and spiteful government we have now. And that is completely nonsensical.

Written by Barb Caffrey

October 18, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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  1. People on your side are the Real Problem and too many “nice” people like you are afraid to say anything.

    You talk like Trump is a Monster which is an insult to everybody who supports him.

    You and Yours are becoming the Enemy and are making violence more likely.

    When you say nothing about the violence already happening, then you are part of the problem.

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    October 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    • I wish there was a button to say I’m glad you commented, even though I don’t understand the substance of the comment.

      I don’t think 45 is a monster, Paul. I just don’t understand a lot of what he does, nor why he does it. The Kurds were our allies for many years, and deserting them did not help anything. The US having soldiers there kept the peace, uneasy as it was, for five long years on a disputed piece of border territory.

      Now, the wisdom of having US soldiers there rather than the UN or a multi-national force sure could be debated. And there are ways to make sure the people in custody from ISIS weren’t all running around afterward, glad to escape their confinement. (The Kurds were helping to guard them, and when the American soldiers pulled out, guess what? There weren’t enough people to guard, and the Kurds had to protect themselves anyway.)

      These are the political realities that I understand.

      That’s why I don’t get why 45 did this.

      Even if he had the best of intentions, Paul, it was something that didn’t work. Innocent people died among the civilian Kurds who didn’t deserve to die because of a political miscalculation (which is the kindest way for me to put what 45 did in pulling our troops out).

      And any American citizen has to be appalled at seeing one of our former bases with a Russian flag flying over it…which is now happening, ’cause when the Russians moved in, they of course went to existing bases as it was easier for them than putting up brand-new ones for themselves.

      Anyway, what violence are you talking about here aside from that? I don’t really know what you’re talking about, but am willing to discuss it.

      And you should know that I’m for the rule of law. I don’t believe anything should be done without deliberation, caution, and restraint. Mobs can’t do any of that by definition; they get swept away in emotion.

      So I hope you understand that about me, and that we can still talk about whatever it is that you are so worried about. (Are you seeing things where you live changing, and that’s disturbing? I am curious.)

      Here in Wisconsin, we are still a 50/50 divided state. I hope we can come to a consensus about what we need, though. Civil discourse is needed and some sort of rapproachment, too. (Diplomacy matters. And communication. And civility.)

      So again, Paul, while I don’t understand your message, I wish you well. And am glad to see you commenting, too.

      Barb Caffrey

      October 24, 2019 at 4:53 pm


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