Enough, y’all! Please, let’s focus and consider what the stakes are in 2019.
Sadly, my social media feeds have been jam packed for a week with pre-primary mud-slinging, name calling, and general nastiness. Y’all, the 2016 primary is OVER. It’s yesterday’s jam, and it hasn’t aged well. It’s political poison.
And the 2020 election is almost two full years away. It’s tomorrow’s jam. And do you know what happens when you eat unripe fruit? You get sick, really sick. So tomorrow’s jam is also political poison right now.
I understand the attraction of the presidential race; I really do! It’s the “bright shiny object,” a race for what used to be one of the top world leaders. It matters who the US President is and people understand that. That’s why they come out in droves to vote and volunteer in presidential election years. Additionally, presidential politics is just more fun than the mundane slog of bills moving through the glacial legislative process or showing up at interminable city council or school board meetings.
And yet, as important as the President is – as consequential a choice it is for both the country and the world – what happens at the congressional, state, and local levels often has a far more direct impact on our daily lives. I’m talking about local public schools, infrastructure, racial justice, wages, insurance, etc.
But we’re often too busy thinking about the jam that we ignore the legislative sausage making that gives allows huge giveaways of tax dollars to big corporations, turns public school money over to private schools, or rewards private sector employees for refusing to do their jobs.