Now what am I going to do? For two weeks I've been totally consumed by the goings on at the political conventions. What happens now?
First thing is to put away the TV remote control. Won't be needing that until November. Then it's on to editing the Twitter feeds I follow. Some I will delete, and will no doubt add some along the way. I like Twitter because I get links to all sorts of interesting things to read. I've yet to tweet anything myself, not my thing.
This is now the time to be very careful what you sign up for because you may get more than you want. From one online political contribution months ago I've been flooded with requests. I now delete all of them. Some get pretty ugly about the fourth time they email and I haven't responded. That just makes me more determined not to respond.
I'm fired up and ready to blast off emails to elected officials about what I view was a very risky thing to do. Endorsing Donald Trump is going to stick to these characters in Congress long after they wish they'd never heard of him. However, the elected officials from my state are all Democrats so yelling at them about Donald Trump is not appropriate. Somehow I don't think lawmakers in Texas are going to be interested in what I think. Oh well, so much for that idea.
This is the time when you get a lot of 'bedwetting' in election cycles. If you're a poll watcher the next 100 days are going to be miserable for you. At the very least find a few polls you trust and stick with them. Right or wrong you will be getting consistent information.
Just today I read an article about the fallacy of following the percent of Americans who think the country is moving in the wrong direction. When I look at those numbers I assume that's the percentage of Americans unhappy with the current administration. Not so. If I had to answer that question I too would say I thought the country was moving in the wrong direction because of the Republican gridlock in Congress, the resurgence of racism, gun deaths, and too much anger and hate rhetoric. That has nothing to do with how I feel about the current administration.
A better thing to look at is the President's approval ratings. If they're on the rise, chances are greater the election will be won by that party. Not a sure bet but something to think about.
My life in Texas was miserable because I'm such a political animal. I left Texas just ahead of the Republican posse that was out to get me. It is very hard for me to keep my mouth shut and Texas is not a good place for me to live given that fact.
I absolutely love living in Oregon where I don't grind my teeth, growl, and snarl about everything political. It's wonderful living where I don't offend somebody every time I open my mouth.
I can't seem to find a passion that's not offensive to others. Religion didn't work. Genealogy made people roll their eyes and cross to the other side of the street when they say me coming. Politics is an even more offensive passion. What's a person to do?
I think I must have been born passionate about politics. I don't remember wanting to be passionate about it. It's not in my family background. I've tried many times to find a new interest that turns me on like politics but so far that hasn't happened.
Being a political junkie is not an easy life to live.