Fish: Oh, shut up already and just vote
So what makes a great bedfellow a mortal enemy? What turns synergy into complete and udder chaos? What twists reason and functionality into complete dysfunction? Politics!
A friend on Facebook suggested that "If Hillary thinks Trump is just the most horrible human being on this planet, then why did she go to his wedding?" Fairly simple answer — there was something to be gained from it. But also, Trump really hadn't revealed himself to be the deplorable human being we see now. So I would like to suggest this: Grow up! Politics is an ugly game. It can often get nasty and it really has to do with making the other guy or gal look bad. Plain and simple.
The typical politician runs on ego. Not all, but most. Let's face it, if you run for a public office and win, for all intents and purposes, 51 percent of the people like you. If you crush it and win by a landslide, then 70 percent of the people like you. That's a pretty big ego stroke and I imagine if you continue to win by these margins you can garner a feeling of invincibility and that's where the problems start (at least as far as I'm concerned). There are exceptions to the rule, Bernie Sanders being one of them, and that guy wins by like 90 percent.
My feeling about this election cycle is this — it's ego driven. Trump ... that guy is so ego he's orange. Clinton, her ego could never rebound from losing to The Donald. So who would we be better off with? Yes I know! Bernie, but that's no longer an option and if we have to stay with the "major party candidates" who do you pick? I'm not even going to try and answer that question, but I will say this — I ain't voting for Trump!
Let me get back to the political game for a minute. Nasty, that's all it is. They spend more time living in the past than trying to look towards the future. I'll challenge anyone to look at a bill that was passed into law. If you do, you will see it full of ego and swagger. A health care bill that funds roads, union pensions, and UPS (yes, UPS — I'm not sure what for, but they received a check). But all of these compromises are made for the greater good. We get affordable health care and the rich egos of the world get richer. It's hugely unfair but if the senators and congressmen and women want to get re-elected, then they need to protect the people who are big campaign donors and they work stupid things into these bills.
You don't honestly think that a government shutdown happens because they are trying to do the best by you and me? Well, that may be partially true. But I believe it mainly stems from egos, battling egos that get ridiculous things shoved into bills in the 11th hour. Because, after all, why wouldn't you want to know whether or not seahorses become more aggressive when seeing the color blue, especially when it's packed into a bill that is really about funding cancer research? So until we can wrap our heads around the fact that a majority of our political leaders govern from election cycle to election cycle, nothing will really change. That's something you need to keep in mind when you step into the voter's booth, and it's more important to do it at a local level.
So my advice to you is this — know what you're doing when you step into the voting booth. You will most likely elect a liar, or someone that has done something wrong, but we have a power to limit the amount of damage done. As for getting hung up on what someone did 20 years ago, it truthfully has very little relevance, so making dumb posts about it frankly doesn't do anything except spark a talking point conversation. So vote. What the hell is up with that?
Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 a.m. every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. E-mail him at email@example.com. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brattleboro Reformer.
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