The Disengaged

Of course, this is a big concern for society in general. I don’t know when the last time my younger brother voted. He told me a few years back that he wasn’t registered, which came as a surprise. I just don’t understand why more Americans don’t take it seriously.

Yes, my voting record is wonkish, because I am a political wonk. I was labeled as such by a reporter once. I’d never heard the word before that. It was 1994, the year after I had graduated from high school.

I haven’t watched C-SPAN in years, but would if it was more readily available. I don’t have cable. In fact, I don’t even own a TV. Streaming video-on-demand is where it’s at. I suppose I should check-in more often.

There’s American History TV, Q&A, and Book TV. One of my favorite C-SPAN shows was Booknotes. And it’s always fun to watch British Parliament in action, during Prime Minster’s Questions, and often very entertaining.

Even I have become disengaged, however. Life often has more pressing concerns than politics. But I still find the time to vote, researching the issues and candidates, sometimes hurriedly so.

The Republican Party, long my home in the political realm, hasn’t been for a long time. I am a conservative, and many Republican politicians abandoned their conservative principles, if they had any, long ago.

And I am far from the only way who feels abandoned by the system. One of the reasons for the Donald Trump phenomenon is because the two primary political parties, represented by the Establishment, have ignored the will of the American people for decades.

This gave rise to the Tea Party movement, and now Trump. It will continue to find an outlet, until there is some progress, until someone listens to the voice of the people, and acts on it.

ajh

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