If this blog has seemed inconsistent in delivering political
material as of late, it’s largely because I have been immersed in a
project story that will be out within a couple of weeks. When it
comes out I’ll share how and why the project came about. For now
I’ll tell you that it has to do with how people make major
transformations or conversions in their lives.
Oddly enough there’s little, if any, political material in the
piece, though when I started I thought there might be. There are
pundits and politicians who migrate from one party or philosophy to
another. Though I don’t really address it in the story, I think I
might understand a little more how it happens. The conversions I’m
dealing with are mostly the sudden kind, which I don’t think often
happens in politics.
That said, 25 years ago when I worked as an intern in
Washington, D.C. I became convinced that many of the unelected
people on Capitol Hill working for elected people were mercenary. I
also believed that few people in Washington cared about solving
problems, it was more about winning. From my perspective, it’s way
You see above in the Kitsap Reader a Washington Post piece by
Joel Achenbach called “The
audacity of nope.” The piece opens with this:
“The state of the union is obstreperous. Dyspepsia is the new
equilibrium. All the passion in American politics is oppositional.
The American people know what they don’t like, which is:
That sounds like nihilism, but they’re against that, too.”
My heavens, the piece is depressing, more so because it’s
accurate, much more than it was when I was an observant intern in
Senator Wilson’s office.
For me it makes sense now that there is an absence of political
transformation in my story about conversion. When you get to
thinking that Americans will be disapproving of whoever gets
elected; and disapproving of the talking heads that discuss the
politicians; and you recognize that your e-mail Inbox was once
filled with calls for regime change in Washington instead of Iraq,
but that now your Facebook page is filled with messages of calls to
hand our leaders over to Haiti; you kind of wonder if changes in
the political world really matter. The same people are yelling.
They’ve just exchanged arguments. Well, the tone of them
I might feel differently tomorrow if I sleep better tonight.