Civility and Politics

I don’t usually comment or post about politics on this blog. In the last six years of writing this blog my political posts have only been a plea for people to get out and vote. Once again I encourage people do so. I will not be in the United States for most of the time leading up to the election. THANK GOD! Elections have always been contentious but this year has set a new low. We can blame it on the candidates but it is not really their fault.

Society is more polarized and angry that it has been since the Vietnam war and our political landscape is merely a reflection of how fractious and divided the United States has become. I have always felt guilty for the way we disrespected those who returned from the war in Vietnam but now the pendulum has swung the other way and if you don’t worship the flag and display your love of country many think you are not American. I yearn for simpler times when politicians were less controlled by lobbyists and Americans were less judgmental of each other’s actions but I recognize those times have passed. We are encouraged by social media to have an opinion about everything and correct and judge each other.

I realize like Roland Deschain that the world has moved on and I struggle to move with it. Once again i encourage you to vote and not to be discouraged. I know many people don’t even register to vote for silly reasons like they don’t want to serve on a jury or their religion prevents them from voting. So a nation that preaches democracy to the rest of the world and feels it has the right to take democracy to all has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any nation. This is shameful.

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Ted Kennedy and George McGovern  in Pittsburgh 1972

Ted Kennedy and George McGovern in Pittsburgh 1972

Get Out and Vote!

I try never to publish political posts because there is way too much of that on Facebook and other social networks. People who know me know how I feel and of my involvement in previous political campaigns. What really bothers me is when I hear reporters say a good turn out is over 60%. In foreign countries up to 90% of the people get out and vote. There is no excuse not to vote and it is your OBLIGATION! Americans like to complain about every governmental decision which is odd because we don’t live in a direct Democracy, we live in a Representative Republic. We don’t get to vote on each decision, we ONLY get to vote for our representatives.The first time I ever voted for President, I voted for Dick Gregory. Please go vote for somebody. You can see more of my Photojournalistic images by clicking here.

Ted Kennedy and George McGovern in Pittsburgh 1972

The Silly Season

It is now the political silly season in the United States. The Presidential election seems to bring all the insane people out of hiding. It scares me to know that they are always there and really crazier than bat shit. It also seems that there are so many because the rest of us kind of just listen and shake their heads. So it is time to take a stand and show people that you are “Not Insane” by wearing a T-Shirt that says it all. To buy your T-Shirt, click here.

I am Sane and I Vote