I haven't hid my feelings in the past. I hate politics.
I mean I absolutely HATE politics.
I believe my monumental dislike for all political debate and the mudslinging that always accompanies it stems from working as a reporter during election years. I've worked at a newspaper for 10 years now, so this presidential election will be the third I've endured in the media.
So, why am I writing a blog post about politics?
Well, in case you haven't guessed, this is a rant.
I also serve on the parish council of my church, and we had a meeting last night. (I'm Catholic, but like John Kennedy said, don't hold it against me.) A representive from one of the other church organizations attended our meeting last night as a guest, offering an update on what his organization is doing as far as charity in the church. Before he relented his position at the podium, however, he began a lengthy diatribe about which presidential candidate deserved our vote. Based on a single issue (you guessed it -- abortion), he told who NOT to vote for.
This was not our pastor who said this. In fact, our pastor sat in the corner and said very little.
I literally had to restrain myself from walking out of the room, which would have been a very cumbersome thing to explain later because I'm sure everyone would have assumed by my actions that I'm pro-choice.
But that's not why. (Frankly, my feelings on the issue are not anyone's business and will remain unspoken. See? I'm learning how to be a politician already.) Honestly, I would have been perturbed if this guy would have told me who not to vote for based on his feelings about NAFTA or the Vietnam War or the Yalta Conference.
I wanted to walk out because I just HATE politics. They don't belong in church. And the election of a political leader needs to be based on more than just his or her stance on a single topic. The wanna-be leader's stance on other social justice issues need to be taken into account.
But I stayed in the meeting, bit my tongue and decided to suppress my irritation until morning when I could write a scathing blog on how much I hate politics.