Don't get me wrong, I'm interested in politics. I participate in our political process. I even try to make sure I am properly informed about what is happening in the political sphere and what the physical and moral consequences of my voting or not voting has on my neighboring Americans.
That said, this has been the longest campaign in American history (if you count the insane battle for the Democratic Party primary). I am very, very tired of every would-be journalist echoing someone's else's sensationalist commentary on the latest eye twitch or turn or phrase which could be interpreted this-way-or-that. I am tired of pithy soundbites, no matter what I think of either political candidate. I am tired of the bumper stickers. I just want the vote to hurry up and get here and see the chips fall where they may. The presidential election is important to the future of this country, but there are other things that need our collective attention.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so. As usual, our friends at First Things say it best:
By my reckoning, the inanities of mass politics in a democratic society are a necessary evil. Campaigns must be conducted. Candidates need to have talking points. Political parties have to close ranks and push for victory. And I recognize the inevitability of the ever-growing, para-political world of media commentators, think tanks, lobbyists, magazines, bloggers, and grassroots movements. Who wins matters, and we are rightly invested in the outcome of our elections.But I worry. I worry about friends who seem to vibrate with anxiety over the thought of this or that candidate being elected. I worry about others who seem to invest undue confidence that their highest moral and spiritual ideals will triumph if their favored candidate is elected. And most of all, I’m amazed at the serious attention that seemingly intelligent people give to the passing ephemera of the news cycle. Have we convinced ourselves not only that politics matters, but that it matters most of all? It’s an unfortunate mistake.