This year has been very difficult for me to get blog posts written, despite good intentions. My dearth of writing is a combination of my husband’s daily care takes up more of my time, leaving me emotionally drained many days. Also, the constant media/Trump hysteria disgust me to the point of total burnout on following the news. Added to all that, often lately my old problem of sitting down to write, then getting stuck on what to write about strikes, resulting in more time spent talking myself into defeat about my desire to write than I do actually writing. I keep wondering if anything I write makes even a drop of difference in the vast raging seas of political punditry and commentary.
The question that swirls in my mind lately is does what I write just throw more fuel on our extreme partisanship or does it offer anything informative, positive, or hopeful? It’s a challenge for me not to write Trump, Dem and media bashing invective
Ordinarily, I’d be totally on board writing about serious and currently popular cultural topics like civility and rebuilding some common ground, but often I think my cynical son probably has it right when he insists we have the society we deserve and he sees 2016, with two thoroughly corrupt candidates, as the fitting candidates for our “almost too stupid to exist” culture. Despite being a very Pollyanna-type person, lately I wonder if perhaps he’s right, then I dig in on my Libertybelle American cheerleader beliefs and refuse to surrender to the spreading cultural and political corruption, the disturbing escalating partisan hatred and the chaos resulting from leadership vacuums everywhere I turn.
Negativity aside, I’ve seen some good pieces written on civility and positive advice for our ailing spirit. Here are the links to a four-part series Carly Fiorina recently wrote. I had mentioned the first part in a previous blog post and all four are very positive and worth a read:
The thing I liked about Carly Fiorina as a presidential candidate, was something I consider a very important trait of a good leader – she invested a lot of time and energy into reading up on issues and policies. She showed up to debates very prepared to debate real issues and policies. When she gave interviews, she could speak articulately about serious matters and she had a lot of positive ideas. I will always prefer leaders who display the good character trait of investing a lot of time into studying and preparing when tackling complex issues or taking seriously their duty to any office or position they hold. During the GOP primary Trump attacked “that face”, but in my book, Carly Fiorina is a face worth respect and admiration.