Emotional energy of political campaigns, yes this is something I have to be careful about, getting all sucked into hope and excitement of politics, specially those presidential campaigns in US. Politics is a serious responsibility, without changing the laws of the land ain’t going to change anything. Here I like to remind myself to just stick to policies that are best for all, at least best for most. Not to follow a personality cult or identity politics or even promotion of my preferred ideologies. This is where I tend to get all consumed by the energy of politics, the excitement and hope etc, then it can lead to feelings of disappointment or even to break down other candidates and their supporters.
People are drawn to different candidates for whatever reasons that I may or may not understand, and their reasons could be valid, even if they aren’t valid, it’s a place and time in their lives that drives them to certain candidates. Back in 2016 I seriously supported one candidate, but this time around I switch my support to another new candidate, for things like #BasicIncome which the former didn’t promote. This switch is unbelievable almost heartbreaking considering how much I promoted the former back then.
Different time and place, now I am drawn to this new person and his policies, but this doesn’t’ suddenly give me the right to knockdown the former candidate or his supporters. Different time and place, we are drawn to different candidates, it’s a process to learn what’s best for all and to learn which candidates and their policies will serve the best for most. Tolerance is the key. I have supported leaders in the past whom I am not very proud of now, with my latest understanding, so time and place changes us.
So this new person I am supporting, even that is not about the person, but the policies he stood for. It should never be about the politician, the person, but only the policies they promote. Of course the true character of the person will eventually come to surface, regardless how good their policies are, so if there is a big mismatch, people will see it and never be elected. Things like ‘likeable’, ‘electable’, ‘charming’, ‘charismatic’, ‘well-spoken’, things that mainstream media likes to keep us busy with are useless factors. But sadly we are drawn to such things too. I remember during the early days of Obama campaign back in 2007 or 08, how mesmerized I was by his eloquent ‘well-spoken’ speeches and ‘hope and change’ promises he made, all came to nothing as history will recall, obliteration of Libya is a good example, and wall street got plenty while main street got nothing. Back then I missed to dig into policies before I declare my support to anyone, just went with ‘excitement’, ‘hope’, ‘change’, ‘likeable’, ‘charming’, things like that.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not see/realize policies are the only reason to cast my support for any political candidate. We can debate about the means and methods and howto implement those, but policies, principles should never be compromised.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to choose candidates based on how ‘electable’, ‘likeable’, ‘charming’, ‘charismatic’, ‘eloquent’ they are, instead of studying their detailed policies and principles.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to develop a cult, hero like attitude towards candidates that I like.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to turn politics into entertainment not seen/realizing the seriousness of politics, the responsibility it entails. I realize nothing will ever change if we don’t change the laws of the land, its done thru politics. Therefore I realize political activism is a serious responsibility, should be based on policies that are best for all.
I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to turn candidates into heroes, the good guys who will fight against the bad guys like in a movie.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to dislike, judge those who hold different candidates and policies as their first choice. Not seen/realizing myself I have switch my support based on what appealed to me the most in different times. So this doesn’t’ give me the right to knockdown anyone who prefers a different candidate.
I will simply promote what I view as the best policies that will serve the most, and if majority of the voters resonate with that message, then by the democratic rule of majority rule, it shall be voted and shall become laws of the land, until such time there is no readiness for new policies. That’s how it is, until a minimum but a sufficient majority of voters are ready to accept new policies, everyone has to wait. Government is the will of the people after all. As one, it is my responsibility to promote and educate, but never to take in the emotional energy of politics, simply stick to policies.
All the keys are here.