Posted on Sunday, 10th May 2009 by Chris

Truly, I hate politics.  A lot of people say this but then they want to be in politics or they like a candidate.  They follow the elections, they discuss the candidates, and the issues.  This isn’t me.  I wish we never had to discuss any of this.  

It’s true that I will argue any chance I get.  And I will argue for either side.  I never really care because all too often both sides are wrong.  And I like to point out how wrong people are.  Too many people are blinded by being fans of a party.  Both sides are wrong a LOT, and it’s too much for me to take.

Being wrong is not what bothers me, it’s the fact they they only present one side and act like the other side has no merit.  When very often the difference between two opinions is subjective.  And I think the biggest thing is that they present a side, a theory, or an option as the ANSWER.  I think that all of us are smart enough to know no policy will be the definitive answer.  So why can’t they just explain what tradeoffs are being made.  Explain what is being prioritized above what else.  

I’m willing to forgive being wrong.  I am willing to forgive mistakes.  When I don’t want to forgive is acting like there is only one choice.  In running a company, or marketing or raising a child or anything else don’t you gather data and make your best ‘guess’ at the answer.  You make the choice that delivers the best option based on your priorities.  You often end up trying something, gathering feedback and then adjusting to make it work better.  

Why does this process not work in politics?  Because the process is and never was about actually solving the problem.  Because no one wants to admit their priorities and no one ever wants to admit that they were wrong.  

When is the last time we saw EITHER party admit who they were making a priority?  When did either party last admit they were wrong?  When is the last time that we heard them talk about the evidence after they told us what the answer was.  I honestly can’t remember.  And the worst part is that the press doesn’t do this either.  They focus on the fact that a policy mistake was made, or that there is criticism of the policy but I’ve never heard the press talk about what we learned and what new direction we should take.  Actually now that I think of it I think there was a time that this used to happen.  But I think it somehow got lost in the era of headlines.  

Maybe I am wrong and no one cares about the data anymore, but I think they do.  I think many are as frustrated as I am.  And too many are choosing the lesser of two evils.  And that is not a choice.  

I’m giving Obama a chance, probably just because I am naive, but also because he has a chance to change this.  He seems to take responsibility for what he is doing.  He often talks about the details.  And I hope he keeps this up.  I’d love to see the President be the one who demands accountability.  Someone who says we’re putting the education of children above the importance of retirement.  I hope he looks at the data and bluntly says I was wrong.  Would his own party turn on him?  I bet they would.  But I bet the American people wouldn’t.  Or at least all of them wouldn’t.  Not if we learned something and not if we used what we learned to grow as a country.  

I can wish, can’t I?

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