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Passion for Politics
Or lack thereof, as the case may be.

With the inauguration today, I figured I'd ramble about my lack of passion, not just for politics, but for just about everything. Seeing all the hoopla around the election and inauguration just got me thinking.

There are people all over the world who are very passionate about Obama and politics in general. I think that's great and, for the most part, I applaud those people. But politics just doesn't do it for me. In fact, the number one reason that I didn't like Obama was because I had a couple friends who were annoyingly overzealous about him (IMHO). They actually turned me off to the point that I didn't want to hear about him or read about him, and consequently I didn't even know that universal health care was his major platform until AFTER the election.

For the record, though, I do like Obama. It took me a while to warm up to him and get an understanding of what he was saying. Am I a full blown Obama supporter? I don't know, but if I weren't so lazy, I would vote for him.

Do you know who else I like? Al Gore. I didn't realize this until he did a cameo on Futurama, but after seeing his willingness to laugh at himself and seeing his passion in An Inconvenient Truth, I can say that I would vote for him too.

Now the point of all this was to say that I lack passion. Some people are passionate about politics, sports, family, style, music, work, TV, pets, technology or a host of other things. Oh yeah, and God of course. But recently I've found that I don't seem to have passion for anything.

What about cars? Food? Cooking? Japan? God? While I have interests in those areas, sadly I have to say that I'm not passionate about any of it. I seem to have lost it all in the last few years, which is kind of why I stopped exercising and watching my diet. I have this feeling of, "been there, done that." I know I can do it, but the real question is why should I bother?

I dunno, I'm just apathetic about everything right now... so apathetic that I don't even know what else to say at the moment...
Posted 01/20/2009 09:06 PM in Politics, Ramblings
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Alternative Christian View on Voting?
I don't normally talk about politics, but I was quite surprised to see an ad on Facebook with a picture of Derek Webb (an ex-member of Caedmon's Call) on it. The ad suggested that the right decision may be to NOT vote.

I read the linked article and he's not saying that you shouldn't vote, but that if you have serious misgivings about both candidates, choosing the "lesser of two evils" is not the Christian thing to do.

One of the points that Derek makes is, "By voting, especially when based on just one or two issues, you’re giving your ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ to that party’s entire platform, which likely goes far beyond the statement you’re trying to make on these few issues."

I would agree with that. Far too many people vote based on a couple issues that they're interested in with little regard to other (often larger) issues. One of the key assumptions of a democracy (which we don't actually live in) is that the people are intelligent and informed. Unfortunately, reality is far from this ideal and the number of people who vote with that sort of logic bothers me.

I remember watching some exit poll interviews in 2004 asking a young lady why she chose to vote the way she did. Her answer was, "The economy hasn't been very good so I thought it was time for a change." That's absurd. Most people grossly overestimate the influence that the president has on the economy, not to mention that it can take years, if not decades, to see the effects of a President's economic policies.

Thinking that simply voting for the other party is going to cure our economic woes or that every economic problem is caused by the current president is sheer stupidity. I'll tell you that I'm much more infuriated by people voting for stupid reasons than not voting at all.
Posted 11/03/2008 10:42 PM in Christianity, Politics, Ramblings
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