A couple of years ago, when certain factions within the Republican Party filibustered a spending bill, thereby shutting down the federal government for some days, I cringed when I heard the tone of President Obama’s reprimand of their action in Congress. Though I agreed with what he was trying to convey, his tone reminded me of a middle-school civics teacher scolding his class for throwing spit-balls during a guest lecture on the balance of power in the Constitution. (Actually, my middle-school civic’s teacher had deadly aim with a caulk-dust filled eraser when students mis-behaved, carried on side-conversations, or fell asleep. Though his technique would be disciplined these days, he needed to demonstrate this skill only once each year to keep attention of his students). Following this presidential election cycle, the whole lot of candidates, pundits, and media feel too much like middle-school for me…. not a time that I enjoyed, nor wish to revisit. Time to crash this party.
We had way-too-many primary election season debates that turned into yelling matches. We have suffered one presidential and one vice-presidential debate, with the punishment of two more in the next month. One candidate reminds me of a student who borrowed money to buy a few hundred pencils for 10 cent each, then resold them on scantron test day for 25 cents each. Another, seems to think that it’s her turn to be school president because it is her last year in middle school. One vice-presidential did not make the football team, so he joined the debate team. The other has been in the gifted-student classes too long and appears exasperated with having to talk with these regular-class students. Bullies and whiners all.
The whole system seems bankrupt to me. Time to crash the party. Not being a big money donor, nor an insider with connections (nor inclined to join groups), my best strategy is to use their own system of financing against them. Thus, all those solicitations for money, I simply send back the postage-paid return envelopes without endorsements or checks. To add a clear message, I tear off identifying information from the donation cards and write “NEVER (add candidate’s name of your non-choice)” on the card. Bankrupt the party a few postage cents at a time.