I really liked this post from my friend Mitch’s blog (check out his blog at the link above, it is, as Chris Farley would say, awesome). If you have ever seen the cinematic masterpiece “Notorious”, chronicling the too short life of Christopher Wallace a/k/a Biggie Smalls a/k/a the Notorious B.I.G., you are familiar to the shared credo of Puff Daddy and Biggie: “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves”. Mitch came to this realization via his own path and is living it, to his credit.
I definitely have experienced his frustration with politics but I’m really happy that his frustration did not manifest itself as non-participation. Children force perspective. That is a good thing.
I’ve spent the last few years changing directions politically.
I have always been a pretty heavy left leaner, always identifying myself as a liberal even though I rarely personally identified with the Democrats, the de facto liberal party. In my circle of friends I have played the role of the tree hugging, people hugging, justice-for-all, let-love-rule radical hippie. While I have voted for members of both parties (and third party candidates) in smaller elections, I have never voted for a Republican in national elections. I railed against Dubya and what I saw as his fascist regime. And I cried tears of joy when Obama was elected, thinking that hope and change may have, indeed, come.
Then he started appointing his cabinet and my descent into disillusionment began. That’s when I started to really examine my own beliefs about this country and politics and history. Though I have always considered myself…
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