This time last year Carole and I were visiting Erika. This year she wanted us to come before school started. I won’t see her until Thanksgiving. If she wasn’t going to visit for Thanksgiving, I had devised very difficult plans to get us plus our son and my mother and our dog over to her for a visit. I’m glad she’s coming here.
I hate politics. I experience so many negative emotions every day as the election gets closer. I hate it when I find out someone I like or love or care about doesn’t share my politics. I come down to thinking that the person is just stupid. But really, no one shares my politics. I am left of liberal and it’s very often hard for me to tell the parties apart. One of my favorite memories is when, after the election in 2000, I talked to my mother, and she said, “I hope you didn’t vote for Nader. You’re in a swing state, you know.”
During the Bush years I thought it was just him that I couldn’t stand, and I would leave or change the channel rather than listen to him any time he came on. But now I see that it’s really politics I can’t bear. There were exciting moments for me watching Hillary and then Obama, and I certainly can bear to listen to him speak, but I really don’t want to listen. I will be glad when this is over. Meanwhile I fully realize that the character defects are all mine.
And on the topic of character defects, one of my big ones is sarcasm, cruelty, and meanness. I can be very sarcastic. I didn’t watch the debate last night but I saw some clips on the news this morning, and they said and I saw that Obama was being very sarcastic at times. Is that OK because they are, in a sense, enemies and at war with each other? Is this sarcasm somehow witty, or smart?