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Sometimes I get tired of politics. It seems to be the same pattern repeating itself over and over again.
We're seeing the inevitable fall from grace of the Bush presidency. I should be happy right? Here it is, the thing that I have been predicting all this time, finally coming true for all to see.
But, its just sad really. Its not like I'm some sort of seer or something, this was just simple common sense. That so few people, especially those in positions of top opinion makers held their tongues for so long in the face of reality is depressing.
That others are still in denial that Bush and his cronies are dangerous is even more depressing. That over two thousand people had to die in Iraq because of a fool's ego is depressing. That we'll see Bush discarded by the right, only to have them trot forth another idiot is depressing. Admitting that this idiot will probably win the next presidential election is depressing.
Yesterday as I was driving around Tulsa I saw lots of signs that simply said "Do it for the kids!" in reference to a school bond issue. I started to think that voting wasn't the act of change, but rather the realization of change. Votes reflect general attitudes. I see the general attitude of the nation changing very very slowly. They are starting to realize that Bush is a scoundrel. But that doesn't change what I consider to be the real damage done by years of rightwing attacks on common sense. We still seem to be avoiding the key issues that need to be addressed in our society. We're trapped in patterns of thinking defined by "conventional wisdom". We get trapped in a two dimensional concept of political identity.
If you've ever been part of a company, team or other organization with effective leadership you can recognize that we are suffering not just from lack of leadership, but the scourge of bad leadership. Democrats and Republicans alike have totally given up on the idea of governing. They have decided that political gamesmanship is more important than actually taking this country in a direction we might all benefit from.
To that end we are bombarded with stupidity from all angles. We are told to find trivial matters more important that real issues. Sometimes I watch in disbelief as we ignore the health care crisis and the erosion of the consumer base of our economy.
Leadership is about finding solutions to problems, not just finding a way of blaming others for those problems.
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