A few years ago, I got a taste of local politics, up-close and personal. I met and became acquainted with many of the county’s Democratic Party leaders. I’m still friends with most of them.
At one time, I think they had hope in me and might have even supported me as a candidate one day. After I protested the treatment of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary and voted for McCain, most were not overly impressed with me. I don’t regret that vote. Ok, maybe a little since Palin was on the ticket but most Republicans feel the same way today. It’s all water under the bridge now.
At the same time local democrats were trying to keep me from slipping to the dark side, local republicans were wooing me to their camp. I found it all amusing and perplexing because I didn’t know what to think of it all. All I did was write goofy things on a blog, maybe occasionally writing something intelligent, but for the most part I was just trying to lighten the mood.
I don’t know what to think of that time period of my life. I’m not sure what purpose it served but I learned a lot from it. I also met a lot of amazing people. I know what local politics is all about and it’s much more personal than people may realize.
Politics, at least at the local level, is in reach for nearly anybody. That’s why I love local politics so much. Even someone like me could have stepped into that circle, if I hadn’t been such a die-hard Hillary fan at the wrong time. Ha!
I think in my attempt to be independent, I wound up ticking off everybody equally at some point in time. That was never my intention. I can’t help it. I’m just a very independently-minded person.
Right now I’m going to college and studying environmental science and natural resources. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be an environmentalist lobbying Congress. I might be wading in muddy rivers collecting water samples and counting fish. I might run for a local office one day. I don’t know what my future holds but I know that it is futile for me to avoid writing about and being involved in local politics.
My aunt wrote something on Facebook the other day regarding her political views and that she wouldn’t be able to remain silent forever. She warned her liberal friends of her conservative views and if they couldn’t take it, they better just unfriend her right then and there.
I think in our fears of being “unfriended” on Facebook and in society, some of us have become very boring people. There’s no reason to be obnoxious and rude about our beliefs but there’s no reason to be silent either.
So, with that said, I’m going to continue writing about politics and just let her rip. I can’t make everyone happy and I think that’s what I’ve been trying to do for too long.
If I’ve learned anything, I learned that isn’t possible.