Approaching Political Apathy
Four years ago, when I was a newbie at this blogging thing, I posted a lot on the presidential campaigns and election, fantasizing about ideal candidates, ethically analyzing McCain and Obama, complaining about the dishonesty of the campaign ads, and reacting to the candidacy of Sarah Palin. Good times.
I have less than no desire to do this again this time around.
I feel a little like Alyson Hannigan’s turned-evil Willow in the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer–”Bored now”–but thankfully without the vengeful inclination to magically skin alive mine enemies. I’m just bored now with the campaigns. I’ve no interest in viewing advertisements, let alone thinking about them. I’m more or less “meh” about the prospect of an upcoming VP pick. I suppose I might raise my head and incline an ear when the debates come along, but I don’t expect any new revelations. I know what Romney and Obama serve, and it ain’t largely the common good.
I had no illusions about the candidates in the last presidential election, but I still held on to the hope that the prospects could be better, that we didn’t as a rule have to pick between two poisons. I’ve now lost all hope for ever seeing an Aragorn or even a Jon Snow ascend the steps unto the national stage. President Obama has delivered a first step in health care reform, a remarkable achievement for which I am thankful, but he’s also given us continued war with the death of innocents, and assumed the power to assassinate American citizens.
I haven’t ruled out voting this year, but I’ve almost reached the point of not caring. Almost. There are differences between Obama and Romney worth consideration, and I have considered these, but I’m inclined for now to keep their roads to the White House beyond my horizon.