Confessions from an Armchair Political Junkie by Julie Arduini
August 22, 2012 2 Comments
Ah, the unofficial end of summer. My kids return to school Monday. The summer shows I DVR’d (The Closer, Rizzoli and Isles) finished airing. Although I don’t think God had my DVR schedule in mind when He inspired Solomon to pen Ecclesiastes, there is a season for everything.
The season full of life right now is politics, and I’m ready. I live in a swing state so I expect not only the phone calls, but the knocks on the door. I’m certain our city will see at least one presidential or vice-presidential candidate. Okay, so I’m not thrilled with the constant television ads, but I love the fervor.
I’m not a professional, but I look forward to the morning talk show analyzing the latest poll, ad, or debate. I don’t like confrontation, but I enjoy discussing the candidates and their latest moves. I silently critique the speeches. When I return to my hometown, my husband knows one or more nights will turn to morning before my mom and I finish chatting about politics. She instilled my love for democracy early and we laugh remembering how I cried in the first grade when my peers chose Jimmy Carter for president. I was always about current events and my opinions on what and who made a good president. Once the election is over and we know who our president is, I’ll try to find their biography at the library, or a book they wrote. Don’t even ask how giddy I was in 2000 with the indecision. It was drama and conflict at its best.
How about you? With the conventions and all that follows, do you look forward or dread the season? Is there a program or debate you tune in, or intentionally tune out to? Whether a politician or not, who would you like to see run for office? What president, living or dead, do you wish you could interview?