Once upon a time I had a thoughts of getting into politics. I didn’t want to be an elected official, but I wanted to be one of those passionate people that helped their candidate get into office. I quickly gave up that dream because I had no aspirations of moving to Washington and to be quite honest, I never paid enough attention to a candidate to feel that passionate about any one person.
Fast forward through my adult years where probably because of my conservative upbringing, I found myself voting Republican almost all the time. In fact, in the past year, I have even become one of “those” straight party voters, but honestly, didn’t really go vote unless it was a “big” election, such as for the President.
This past year, my interest in politics was piqued again. Some people in my lovely state decided that they didn’t like our governor, Scott Walker. A big campaign was held to recall Scott Walker. There were people all over with petitions for me to sign. Enough signatures, and there would be a recall election. This irritated me on so many levels. First, I was harassed constantly to sign this petition. Second, this was all such a waste of time and taxpayer money. Third, we have a process for electing officials and why should someone be voted out just because you don’t like the job they are doing?
For the first time ever, I had that passion I thought I lacked to be in politics and even thought about campaigning for Scott Walker. In this case, it had nothing to do with being a Republican. To me, it was about how the whole thing was a waste. Yes, I voted to keep Scott Walker in office, but had it been a recall election for a Democratic candidate, I would have voted for them too. To me, it was about keeping a process in tact. If the Scott Walker recall had been successful, would the country start seeing a flood of recall elections? What a waste of time and money!!
Now we are deep into the Presidential campaign for 2012. Once again, I am a little fired up about politics and disappointed in my party. Come back tomorrow to find out why….