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Politics: The Day My Love For Politics Died

Updated on April 4, 2013

Can you hear Don McLean singing in the background? Get it? American Pie? Never mind, let’s move on with the article.

The title is a bit misleading because there was not one day when my love for politics died but rather several, and those days will be the focus of my attention while writing this article. I was sitting around yesterday straining my brain for the topic of my next Hub when I saw an article by one of my favorite Hubbers, Poetvix. She has such a passion for the American political scene, and while I was reading one of her Hubs it occurred to me that I once had that same kind of passion for politics. So what happened to me? Where did the fire go? Why do I feel like upchucking each and every time a politician opens their mouth and says ANYTHING? You all know the old joke: how do you know when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving! That’s pretty much where I am during my sixty-third year on this planet.

So I thought I would write this Hub and explain my reasons for being so turned-off by the political scene. The reasons are not in any particular order; one wasn’t any more influential than another, but looking back over my sixty-odd years I can see how they all added up to the point where I become nauseous anytime I see a picture of a donkey’s ass or an elephant’s trunk. Or is that the other way around? See, it just doesn’t matter any longer.

My first recollection of being interested in politics was in 1959 as the Presidential race between Kennedy and Nixon heated up. I was eleven years old and fascinated with the youthful exuberance of John F. Kennedy; it didn’t hurt that he was Catholic since at that time my knees were bruised from a lifetime of genuflection. I actually got in a fistfight with one of the neighborhood kids over the big contest and I was flying high and nothing short of obnoxious when Kennedy won. His inauguration speech left me in awe and I followed his every move in the White House, secretly planning to one day be President myself and take over Kennedy’s job when he finally relinquished control. At that point I didn’t realize that there was an age requirement to run the country; I just figured in eight years the nation would be singing my praises from steeple tops across the country and girls would fall at my feet in adoration. Obviously what I lacked in political science knowledge I more than made up for in imagination.

And then Kennedy was killed! How could it happen? How could such an exciting and passionate man be shot? How could it happen in America? I remember reading about other assassinations around the world but that was around the world; things like that simply don’t happen in America. And yet it did, and I was heartsick and more than a little disillusioned. This was supposed to be the Land of the Free; a man was supposed to be able to believe anything he wanted and he could stand for anything and in this country it was allowed because we had Freedom of Speech. And yet it happened!

I hung in there, though; I began with new resolve to become a part of the political movement, to champion causes that were important to me. I watched in horror the disintegration of American Civil Rights across the South and I read as much as I could about a country I had previously been ignorant about….Viet Nam. I wrote letters to the editor and signed up to pass out pamphlets and leaflets and I knocked on doors and joined student government. Entering college in 1966 my horizons expanded, my opportunities to become involved increased exponentially, and my dream of one day running for office and being a part of the system increased. I marched for the Civil Rights Movement and marched against Viet Nam and I was vocal and passionate and ready to shake up the world. Then, one fine Spring day in 1968, on April 4th as a matter of fact, my political foundation was shaken once again when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Here was a man who was charismatic and made me cry when he spoke of his dream and led the way towards freedom, and he was shot down for his beliefs about freedom. In the United States! For his beliefs about freedom! In the Land of the Free!

You see, I must have been terribly naïve! I don’t know how else to explain the fact that I believed the words in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I believed that what set America apart from other nations around the world was our fundamental belief that all men were created equal and that each one of us has unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I actually believed those words! Still, King was shot dead and I was numb and I cried but I went back to work for the cause and I was just getting my feet back under me when two months later it happened again.

June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated. This event damn near crushed me and looking back I’m pretty sure now that the death rattle could be heard in the political being inside of me. I was a Robert Kennedy fanatic; I truly believed that he could end the war and he could end injustices in our country and he would see to it that every person, rich or poor, white or black, man or woman, had a chance to succeed in our country. The year before he died I had run for Precinct Committeeman in our neighborhood and although I lost I felt that I was making a difference, that I was being heard, that I was part of the solution. I was tireless in my efforts to work for the poor, starting a reading program for the poor and volunteering at neighborhood centers and working at the Food Bank and on June 5,1968, the dream took a body blow that I could not recover from.

My reaction was to turn a deaf ear to the political events after Kennedy’s assassination. I was turned off by Johnson, sickened by Nixon and bored to tears by the endless succession of Puppet Masters that followed. I went about the business of teaching; if I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, take a part in the political process to fashion change then I would work on educating the youth of America and thus promote change of a different kind. For thirty years I went along in that fashion, teaching, paying taxes, marrying, raising children and paying just a little attention to the politicians during that span of time. It had become apparent that the fire was gone but I still hoped that if just one honest politician came forth, one politician with the fire I had seen and felt during the Sixties, then change could happen within the Halls of Congress and the White House and by extension then within our nation.

I was momentarily awakened when Bill Clinton won the Presidency. I can’t really say that I believed in him per se but he was interesting enough and he certainly was never boring and he appeared to care about the common citizen so I at the very least followed his actions and held the slightest glimmer of hope.

Until August 17, 1998 that is; on that day President Clinton testified before the Starr Grand Jury about his Lewinsky affair. Now please, don’t get me wrong here and don’t make assumptions that shouldn’t be made. I really didn’t care if he had an affair with Lewinsky. I was no virgin regarding the activities of politicians and whether or not he had sex held very little importance to me. What bothered me, however, was the fact that he seemed to be incapable of telling the truth. He literally debated the meaning of ‘sexual relations’ as if that made any difference at all. It was such a shameless testimony, such an incredible and ridiculous attempt to hide the truth and by extension avoid responsibility that I turned the television off in disgust and swore off politics.

Which brings us to today! If I were to ask you who had the most power on the United States political stage today who would you say? The Congress? The President? The Supreme Court? If you chose any of those I believe you would be wrong. In my humble opinion special interest groups wield more power than any of those aforementioned players. We have been warned for centuries now about the dangers of campaign contributions; our forefathers spoke about this current situation and the columnists will occasionally write an article trying to wake up the masses to the dangers of special interest groups but to no avail. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent in each election to buy the allegiance of politicians across this country and then we wonder why Congress can’t agree on anything? More surprising is the fact that many citizens can’t figure out why the average citizen has so little say in the political agenda! Well, the average citizen would have much to say if they would only, could only, contribute a million dollars. Come to think of it a million dollars would probably only guarantee a five minute meeting with their congressman; it might take a hundred million to see some change actually happen.

Am I being facetious? Am I being whimsical? Are these just the words of a bitter old man who has suffered too many disappointments regarding politics and has finally snapped? It makes no difference now does it? This article was a trip down Memory Lane in an attempt to explain when my passion for politics died. I am too old now to run for a political office; besides, I simply have no desire to do so. I have chosen to bring about change through my teaching and now that I am retired from the classroom I will try to change society one neighborhood at a time through my writings. If you are still passionate about politics like my friend Poetvix then I wish you well and hope your fire never dies. This country needs people with the fire still burning.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I was never passionate about politics until Obama, it was actually the first time I voted. I was 44 yrs old. I never truly cared before. I'll vote again in 2012. I like the Clinton, Kennedy and Bush families just not in a political way. Thank you for sharing your story Billy...this one is mine and I'm sticking to it.

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      Felix 5 years ago

      Hi Mr. Holland!

      To tell you the truth, I've never actually taken the time to read one of your articles before, I'm glad I did because I learned a lot from you, and about you. I'm really happy that you were once my teacher because, honestly, I don't think any other teacher has been as inspirational to me after taking their course as you have. Thanks for being you Mr. Holland! I hope you're doing well and God bless!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunshine, thank you for your comment as always. I don't find it odd at all that you didn't vote until you were 44 yrs old...I'm sure that is a fairly common refrain. My dad used to fill out my mom's practice ballot for her and then she would go to the voting booth and vote the way he had instructed....now that was weird.!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Felix, God bless you too. High praise from someone such as you and I appreciate it greatly. I hope you find it in yourself to make a difference in this world...somehow, someway, shake things up and do some good for humanity!

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      Felix 5 years ago

      "I'll try my best" is all I can say in this point of my life, but I will try and follow through with that comment! And I want to thank YOU for your high praise haha

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      sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Where have I heard-Change,We Can Believe In? Did it happen and I missed it? Will it ever happen? Only if we make the changes that need to be made in the voting booth. I'll keep trying but I can't get as excited as when JFK was elected and I couldn't even vote at that time. I wouldn't sell my vote (its cost came at a very high price)but I see politicians making a living by selling votes that came from a price paid beyond measure.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I totally get your dispassionate attitude towards politics. Mega corporations own our political system now and at least for me there is very little honor left. Vote up

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It feels better knowing someone agrees with that assessment; I watch the political dealings and debates and I keep thinking it is all staged, that there really is no point to it all. Anway, thank you for the vote and for reading the post.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wow. I can't imagine the disappointment you must have felt for the ideals you believed in having witnessed such carnage over the years, especially so early on. I have voted since the day I was old enough to do so but not because I am particularly politically motivated. It was because I don't trust any of them and I would like to think I can pick the lesser of the evils. I'm rapidly realizing that's an illusion I hold to hang onto hope.

      I'm going to tell you something no one here knows. I voted democrat all my life until the last election. I did so because I really thought that side had the interest of the common man somewhere deep down in a tiny hole in their hearts. I voted republican for the first time ever in the last election, not because I didn't like what Obama said, but rather because it sounded too good to be true. I was older and a little wiser by then. Also, he just sent my BS detectors screamingly off. In my opinion, the democratic party has swung way afar from what I once believed them to be, not that the republicans are much better. I see the way our country is moving through the recent legislation passed over the last decade or so as one of total enslavement of the masses through law and through economics. It is shameful but true when I say I’m just now over the last year really doing the research on them that I should have been doing all along.

      You say corporations and money run things now. I could not agree more. Freedom is something that we have a fingernails hold left to and that is being attacked from all sides yet too many of us don’t even see it coming.

      I can't thank you enough for being so kind as to mention me and read some of my work. I'm no politician. I am a concerned American who values her freedom and the freedom of children both alive and yet to come. God bless you for sharing this. I wish I had you as a professor when I was in school. Perhaps I would have awoken sooner to the fact that it’s not what they say that matters. It’s what they do.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      POWER outage here because of snowstorm; I promise to respond as soon as the power returns.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sweethearts2...thank you for reading my post and for your comments. Perhaps some day my passion for politics will return.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Picklesandrufus...first off I love that name. It's funny but I didn't realize until after I wrote this hub what a hypocrite I have been with my students; I have always encouraged them to be a part of the system and yet I have dropped out. Ouch!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix...always a pleasure to receive a comment from someone who's writing I admire. Thannk you for your comments AND for sharing your story with me. You are exactly what I have always wanted my students to be...informed, active and a part of the solution.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As always I thank each and every one of you who commented and shared; the power is back on and I'm in business.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      I guess I'm an idealist, but I still believe in the power of the individual vote. It doesn't matter what the special interest groups do, we can still vote people into or out of office. The problem is that we don't have good people running for office. Look at the choices we're faced with right now...not much. If people would do their homework and choose leaders for who they are instead of what party they belong to, I think we'd all be better off. I agree things have gotten pretty bad. Maybe they're even unfixable, but we can't stop trying. If we do that, we are doomed.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time.....thank you; in theory I certainly agree, and I applaud you for your idealism, I truly do! I sincerely hope that you are right. :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Look elsewhere. I did for years spent in and through SE Asia, with travels taking me elsewhere. It is our materialism that funds the corporations, lobbyists, SuperPACs, because they get our money with which they buy their influence. It was something of a shock to return to the US and see the yards with multiple cars, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, and know there was a summer cabin somewhere, too, while poor here, and poorer abroad struggled. Since those days prior to 1976 when we celebrated our 200 years of such "progress," matters have only grown worse. The disparities have escalated. Education has become a luxury fewer can afford even with subprime student loans which lead to unemployment. We have one hope: enough people who feel what you and these commenters have expressed and go back to the voting booth and actually "waste their vote" for someone like a Ross Perot who comes forward from OUR pack and grabs the bull by the horns that produces the BS, and the elephant's trunk, and the mule's butt, and throws out the lobbyists, makes legal laws against the SuperPACs, and puts God and Civics back in the classrooms before the dream dies.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! Right on and thank you for your comments. I'm not sure how the change is going to happen but I know with certainty it will never happen as long as people sit blithely by and allow it to continue.

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Your article is a reminder that every right we have is hard won, and your actions were not in vain. Social change, as slow as it takes, happens when the many stand up and stand together. Bravo for becoming a teacher and working to inspire others with your passion.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      carozy...I couldn't agree more with your comment about social change. I'm wondering what it will take to bring that to fruition. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill- A wonderful retrospective Hub. You have quite accurately chronicled my disappointment in our politicians and our broken political system as well. I have found other avenues of service and ways to improve America, my little patch of it, but I am not waiting for the politicians to do right and fix the mess they have made.

      I was nine when Kennedy was assassinated and too young to understand the political and social consequences, but I watched my father glued to our black and white TV for hours.... The strongest and toughest man I knew who never cried, was crying; all I knew was that something terrible had happened.

      I completely agree with you that special interest groups and the super-rich manipulate and control our system far more than any of the three branches. An excellent Hub. Sharing.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      I'm starting to become disillusioned also. I thought Obama was going to represent a fundamental change to our society.

      He has done some positive things. Women can now much more easily sue for pay discrimination; homosexuals can serve openly in the military; and credit cards now have to be more up front about what they are trying to do to us.

      I think he's working within a failed economic system though. Our planet, and the future of liberty (for technology is already being used as an attempt to control the populace) are stake if we do not change. We cannot keep destroying the earth and believing there will be no consequences; we can't keep reproducing when there is a limited carrying capacity; and war should not be a solution to ANY modern problems.

      People aren't changing. They are still propping up a failed system, and it's only a matter of time before the real chickens do come home to roost.

      I do share your pessimism about the political process bringing ultimate change, and that is largely because they are appeasing voters who don't want to be told the truth; people want to be told they are fine and nothing is wrong with the "American way of life." Jimmy Carter was the last President to tell a hard truth, and people ignored him.

      I don't know if the majority of the individual members of the populace even want to think critically about our current economic organization. As I have seen from hubbers on here, my relatives, and voters in Oklahoma, there isn't much impetus to change anything. They are stuck, stuck in a atavistic perception of the world that no longer corresponds to reality.

      I'm glad you wrote this hub. It was honest, and it helps show how much the politicians AND THE PEOPLE are on the wrong track.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I am totally turned off by politics and I don't see that changing in my lifetime. Like you I would much rather channel my energies into small programs and efforts that pay back rewards, efforts that I have some control over or have some say in how they are conducted. At least that way I have one person I can trust to work towards good. :)

      Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my hubs today; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sooner, I have no answers for the political scene only that money and politics don't mix, not if we want an honest effort on the part of the politicians.

      I, too, think Obama's heart is in the right place but with a divided Congress very little will be accomplished and that discourages me greatly.

      Oh well, I'll continue to do what I can to change things and I thank you for taking the time to visit.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      Keep up the hard work!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will my friend and thank you!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      As we are a year a part in age, I vividly remember those three assassinations ... well, a fourth ... Malcolm X, but I didn't "get him" at the time, so it didn't hit as hard as the other three. By the time Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, I simply couldn't watch it on TV. I was sick of watching funerals and of all this death of people who might have made a difference.

      Now look where we are! You're right; corporate and special interests run this country. I don't think any significant change can be made from within government unless the people of this country start making some real noise. I was so glad to see the Occupy Movement as I well remember the protests of the 60s and 70s and participated in a few myself. But that seems to have fizzled out (beaten down is more like it).

      I think people are slowly waking up to the fact that something is seriously wrong with this country; the question is, will it be soon enough? Great hub! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PWalker, I have to admit that Malcolm X turned me off but only because I simply did not understand where he was coming from. His background was just too different from mine and there was anger that I did not understand as well.

      I hope you are right that we are waking up as a collective group. I was not impressed by the Occupy Movement; much too scattered and aimless. I was, however, impressed mightily by the recent protests in Canada. It appears our northern neighbor could teach us a thing or two about protesting the lack of liberty.

      Thank you so much for your excellent comment.

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      Billy, I get it. But in defense of both parties, it is hard to change anything when you have the other side putting up walls at every step. For example... in NJ a few years ago, we had a governor who wanted to restructure the public assistance system so that parents were getting educated while receiving assistance. He stressed that the reason people stay on assistance is because there are no roads out of the cycle. Good idea right? will save taxpayers money in the long run, right? will improve the lives of the moms and kids in the current system, right? But the program was attacked by the right who said they didn't want to put up the seed money for a program that might fail... and on the left by people who said it was racist to assume that all people on public assistance lacked skills. A program worth trying was scrapped because of spin. Jobs are the answer to so many problems in this country, but these have to be skilled jobs that pay a living wage... sometimes it seems that neither side wants to see change because the devil you know is better than what may come. To me, it's obvious that things need to change. Another example... my son fractured his ankle at school recently... I took him to the emergency room to be checked, x-rayed, etc. I have insurance so I paid $25. but I did get a copy of the bill: $2899.00 for an exam, x-ray, wrap, air cast, and crutches. Not too bad for me, but what about a person without insurance? That's a lot of money for a person who earns minimum wage! When I saw the bill, I realized that I am on eof the haves, and the have nots have it really, really hard.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very thought provoking hub. I normally don't discuss politics on Hubpages or in life in general. But I was raised with Yankee patriotism, I was first in line to get my voters card, I have always voted as did my parents.

      I lost my faith in politics on 9/11 and the after math that followed, epecially when it was discovered that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction and it is still being looked into as a ploy to obtain and keep the gas in that country. That day I lost all faith in our government to protect us from harm. I believed in retaliation.. against the country and group that actually caused the harm. Instead full out war was declared on a country that didn't cause it. Thousands and thousands of our service men and women have died for this cause which is still unknown to the American people. This action was taken against the the desires of the UN and the American people.

      Through underground research that doesn't appear on American news, I have seen the photos of the innocent women and children in that country that were killed- in a 3rd world nation that can barely defend itself.

      I may be overly sensitive to the situation as my own brother was sent there 5 times. But it seems like the people in charge of the government have no restraints on doing things against the will and the good of our country. When it is time to make a decision, they don't consider what is good for the people of the USA, but what will bring the most money and resources to this country, mostly to be enjoyed by rich CEO's and Interest Groups.

      I don't think anyone could present a politician that I would trust. But, the only way this country is going to change is when Americans themselves decide to assert their person power as a group. We the people can control gas prices, the economy, and send a direct message to corrupt politics by withholding our own money in spending power. But- it would be uncomfortable so many aren't interested in doing these things.

      I am getting off my soap box now. Please know I agree with you on this subject. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shea, I'm in complete agreement. Politics has gotten to be us against them rather than working for compromise that might help citizens...this system just isn't working any longer.

      Thank you very much for your great comment.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      buddybill....The shock for you today is, I'm going to say very little...and not even one wise crack.

      Sorry. Just deal with it.

      I use a lot of inner strength to veer AWAY from commenting on politics...90% of the time. I will say only that I share your feelings.

      My disappointment, anger, frustrations and sheer disillusionment in POLITICIANS....politics, in general...may be well beyond repair...to the point that, honestly bill.....I refuse to spend my precious energy on this topic. However....great hub as always voted up++

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, like you I rarely comment on politics and I certainly don't read political hubs...and the forums? Forget about it! Why raise my blood pressure trying to convince someone of something when they have no desire to even have a civil discourse. But like you I still believe that things can change; it's going to take a massive movement on the part of the citizens to make that change happen but I believe it can happen.

      As for politicians, I have no use for them whatsoever and never will the rest of my life.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I truly do know how you feel. On any given day I will walk away from a political or religious discussion because they solve nothing...and I have zero respect for today's politicians.

      I respect your viewpoint I guess because I agree completely in it, but I do appreciate you taking the time to support me on this hub.

      I'm not sure why this hub all of a sudden has compliments; I must have written it two or three months ago and suddenly it has life again. Weird!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hmmmm.....funny....the same thing has been happening to me. My older hubs are being read and commented on....quite a bit. I love that this is happening, but it did seem rather strange to me. Hey....we'll take it any way, anytime we can get it...huh?

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - Some of us like to go back and discover the oldies, but goodies and we Share them. Lots of very good essays deserve to be resurrected and newcomers to HP given a chance to read them. Just enjoy. :) Theresa

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I will indeed take it while I can get it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Theresa! That must explain it but still...this thing has seventeen reads today and it was dead and buried going nowhere....just weird. Not complaining of course. :)

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Reading this litany of history, it's hard to believe all that happened in my lifetime as well. I think back to the 1960s and 1970s and I wonder why people weren't rioting in the streets. Oh, yeah. They were.

      It's all frustrating and disillusioning, but it's like faith. I don't throw out my faith because of the people who practice it badly. Our political process is more than those who abuse it.

      Like you, I don't charge boldly into the breach any more, but like you I'm sure, I still think we can keep America balanced between the extremes that try to push us too far to one side or the other. Sometimes the effort just wears you out. You have to step back, say I'll just let some of it pass me by, and live to fight another day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wise words Kathleen! I have the feelings things are going to get worse before they get better in this country and in the end it will be the people who rise up and say they have had enough. Thank you my friend for stopping by.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I still believe in the American political process, but my enthusiasm for it is tempered. There are way too many corporate interests driving politics in our country, and that is where things went wrong. It is not about serving the people, but about who will back you these days.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweetie, I will believe in it again the day lobbyists are banned from Washington D.C. :) Thank you for stopping by my friend.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I know you are not interested in politics at the moment, but I suggest checking out Wolfpac, which is dedicated to getting money out of politics.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweetie, I will do that...thank you for the suggestion.

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