I can see how easy it is to become apathetic

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (16 posts)
  1. jellydonut25 profile image59
    jellydonut25posted 14 years ago

    I used to LOVE politics. In college, I was treasurer and later, president of the College Republicans. We used to invite in speakers, attend CPAC, have heated discussions, etc...

    Then I looked at some of the more recent elections and realized that politics has become the same as celebrity-ism in America. It's all just a popularity contest and the whole thing just feels rigged to ensure that nothing ever changes. Perhaps I'm just young (24) and I don't have the patience for the type of "change" that the political system can offer but I've begun to feel like my voice doesn't matter and the only one that does is the collective voice of America, which is a LARGELY uneducated one, willing to follow the glitz and glam rather than look for SUBSTANCE (regardless of party lines).

    It's EASY to become apathetic, especially when the outcome of a given race is a foregone conclusion...in the last Mayoral race in Buffalo, there wasn't even an opposing candidate!

    Anybody else ever feel the same?

    1. Richieb799 profile image75
      Richieb799posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      my uncle's a counseller and was in the welsh political party, he said 'politics seems like an excuse not to get things done'.

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      It's hard not to feel that way at times, mostly because so much of what you say is true.  It's nothing new, but your relatively young age may make it seem that way.  Almost all of us agree that many major changes are needed, but the type of change we seek is usually offset by someone strongly advocating an opposite kind of change.  One way to re-fuel your optimism is by working for the changes that are within your power to influence.  You can't say anything that will drastically change things in Washington, but you can have a major influence on your block or building.  You will find in time, that the ripple effects of your efforts reach people beyond your current sphere of influence.

      Or you can just get drunk and watch TV.

  2. TheGlassSpider profile image64
    TheGlassSpiderposted 14 years ago

    *thought about answering....but didn't care enough*

  3. TheGlassSpider profile image64
    TheGlassSpiderposted 14 years ago

    Seriously, though...Yes, it's easy to become apathetic. I can't help but feel the same, as though our voice doesn't count for anything.

    So what, we can vote...it's all rigged, that's been proven, as far as I'm concerned.

    So what, we can make petitions...no one reads them.

    So what, we can march around and make noise. All we do is provide distraction for governing officials to hide their scary actions behind.

    At least, on my worst days, that's how I feel about it. Other days I feel like the gov't is really just made up of a bunch of blithering idiots who couldn't pull off a long-term conspiracy theory if it worked on its own...I'm not sure which is worse. sad

  4. profile image0
    Poppa Bluesposted 14 years ago

    Change? What change? Why do we need change?

    No. What we need are good, decent, and principled men and women to be stewards of the rights granted us by God and guaranteed to us in the constitution!

    Of course it's easy to feel apathetic when in exercising your right to petition the government with your grievances they are unresponsive as perfectly illustrated in the health care debate.

    Don't despair, freedom requires constant and unrelenting effort on the part of the people. Arm yourself and prepare for tyranny will not be tolerated!

    1. myownworld profile image73
      myownworldposted 14 years agoin reply to this


      1. Ron Montgomery profile image59
        Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Unfortunately there are.  Plus there are mosquitos.

      2. profile image0
        Poppa Bluesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        And you too my dear sweet friend! xOx

    2. Ron Montgomery profile image59
      Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Some need change more than others.  People who constantly refer to firearms as the solution should seek professional help.

      1. profile image0
        Poppa Bluesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        You know, if YOU need change you are free to bring it upon yourself! The problem with you and the rest of your liberal progressive socialist friends is that you want YOUR change to come at the expense of OTHERS. Try working for what you want instead of acting as though you're entitled!

        1. Ron Montgomery profile image59
          Ron Montgomeryposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Absolutely nailed it!  Bravo sir, bravo indeed.

  5. Dao Hoa profile image60
    Dao Hoaposted 14 years ago

    "You know, if YOU need change you are free to bring it upon yourself! The problem with you and the rest of your liberal progressive socialist friends is that you want YOUR change to come at the expense of OTHERS. Try working for what you want instead of acting as though you're entitled!"

    I completely agree. Everyone should work for what he or she wants and less burden on others.

  6. The10DollarMark profile image62
    The10DollarMarkposted 14 years ago

    Your post seems to direct that you are from the US so that's good, 'cuz I'm about to give a very US-centered reply - one that might be totally irrelevant for another country's politics.

    But anyway.
    The real problem with politics is that most people only care about presidential elections. They think since the president is in charge of the country, that he has the most power to change. What they don't realize is that, since the US is SO big and so varied, any change that could benefit some people might end up hurting others. This makes any kind of change at the national level difficult.

    The only people who have the power to change are the smaller politicians: senators and mayors. Since they cater to a smaller crowd, it's easier for them to decide what benefits that crowd most and thus easier to make changes people will like. But with so few people even caring about senators and mayors, they don't have the amount of support needed to do much.

    Just think about Bush's No Child Left Behind. It was a national project to fix schools, even though each state has such drastically different school measures, performance, style, and testing. It was bound to fail. However if each state had put in their own version of NCLB, one adapted to their needs, it might have worked better.

    1. Jeffrey Neal profile image69
      Jeffrey Nealposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      @The10DollarMark, so true.

      The Presidential elections are pretty well useless since we haven't had a real candidate truly worthy of a positive vote in a long time. I'm not a person who just doesn't vote, but when casting the ballot for Pres. for the last several elections, it's been a vote against the other guy or a nose-holding half-assed endorsement of the candidate who maybe just a little speaks for an issue or two important to me.

      I pay much more attention to local elections, and I do a lot more speaking out and writing to the elected and candidates on even small issues since they are much more likely to listen and/ or have a direct effect on me personally.

      By the time they reach Washington, the wax in their ears makes it very difficult to hear, and no one brought Q-tips.

  7. sannyasinman profile image61
    sannyasinmanposted 14 years ago

    "All that eviil needs to succeed, is that the good do nothing" - Edmund Burke

  8. shazz01109 profile image68
    shazz01109posted 14 years ago

    You might feel better or more heard through local governance.  At least there, you might be able to have more of an impact, and make your voice heard.  As for national politics, I honestly believe that a serious 3rd Party might shake up the 2 Party system. But get involved in the local.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)