Politics. I know next to nothing about it. Every time I try to even read up on it, I get so overwhelmed I give up. It all seems so complicated, though I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I tend to overthink everything and don’t settle for a simple explanation. For example, last week, I wanted to learn what the big deal was about socialism. I headed over to wiki and started reading about it, didn’t seem like such a bad thing (to me anyways)…But that led me to Marxism which led me to at least 4 different kinds of Communism and at that point I felt like I knew less then I did when I started.
Oddly, later that day I ran across the question “Do you know the difference between Communism and Socialism?” My answer was “Yes—Wait, It’s…” and then I tore all my hair out and said No.
Same goes for elections. I’ve technically only voted once and that was only because a whole group of people were going (in college) and I just tagged along. I never feel like I understand all the issues I feel like I have such a hard time sorting out all the crap. I don’t vote because I’ve never once felt that I could make an informed decision. I’m pretty sure I’m a democrat, but I’d feel irresponsible blindly voting democrat just because that’s what I am.
I wish some third party would just make a spreadsheet that shows what each candidate is promising to do (not just what’s in the commercials), what they’ve done in the past etc… Ugh, I hate all this stuff, I get confused just explaining why it confuses me.
I sometimes wonder how many other people are like that. I wonder how many other people are like that and don’t realize it. During the protests against Walker in Madison, I remember talking to my mom and telling her that I bet quite a few of those people don’t even fully understand what they’re protesting for or against. Sure, they know they’re marching for the teachers to keep collective bargaining rights and dirt cheap insurance, but I wonder how many of them remember the other part of that, 1500 (3500?) teachers would lose their jobs right then and there. On top of that, I’m sure there were quite a number of other little things that would be consequences to this bill not going though (the protesters winning). If the protesters fully understood all that stuff and still wanted to march, great. But I’m willing to bet very very very few of them fully grasped all the ramifications of what happens if they won. I’m not saying Walker was right or wrong, I’m just using this as an example of how much of this kind of thing I don’t understand…does that make sense?
OTOH, sometimes I wonder if this is actually me understanding it better then other people because I’m actually paying attention. When Walker shut down high speed rail (and when it was getting started up before him) I kept hearing people saying “We should take the money and use if for X or Y project instead” I can’t tell you how many times I had to say “Don’t you listen to the news…it’s only for HSR…if HSR get’s shut down we don’t get to use it for anything else, it goes back to the fed” and an hour later I’d hear the same person saying we should use the money for roads or parks etc…
Alright I’m done. That’s my thing that I’m ignorant about…politics. Just don’t get it.