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Let’s not pretend (to be new men)

November 2, 2008

and let this be my only political statement this year.

With the political theater approaching its climax, the frenzy is growing, the emails are flying, and all of us (or maybe a bit more than 64% of us) are readying to cast our votes next Tuesday. It’s important, yes!

But what then?

We can hope for better than we’ve had, but the one nugget you can take from all the news about all the reversals of fortune and expedient reversals of political stance, from the hard looks into budget and voting records alike, is that the men we’re to choose between are mere men, prone to mistakes, bad judgment, poor choices, and awkward associations. That, and they will work in a US political system mostly, if not irretrievably, broken, corrupt on all sides.

My hope, and I am hopeful, is that people will not ascribe more power to change the world to either of these men than they will to their own actions, their own work right there where they live. Change is hard to come by, and slow when it comes. If it’s taken an inspiring candidate to rouse Americans to work for better, then let us not lose that inspiration, that call to action, if he loses. But let’s not pretend either one of them will save the nation, much less the world, if he wins.

I vacillated in posting this at all, not wanting to dip into cynicism. I’d rather call it realism, and the lines, “Let’s not pretend to be new men” (and the violin, keening) ring in my mind. If we have all come so far down a road so many want to change from, how is it that we got here to begin with?

(Why is Eric Bachman wearing eyeliner in this video? I don’t know. The song is from Crooked Fingers’ new record, Forfeit/Fortune. This is a theme for him btw, with a line from a song on Dignity and Shame going, “I would change for you but, babe, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be a better man.”)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2008 9:33 pm

    Hey. The real work starts Nov. 5.

  2. November 4, 2008 9:03 pm

    Thank you Sister. Very eloquent as always.

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