Politics is the age old debate that mankind has been having for centuries. In much of the world these days, no matter who is in power, half of us hate them (or more!). If the party in power is liberal, we tend to be more conservative. If the Conservatives are in power, our thoughts seem to swing to the liberal side. It’s a never ending battle.
In the past two decades or so, at least in the USA where I am more familiar with, political hatred has seemed to have taken over. As far as I can recall, it all seemed to start when President Clinton came to power in 1993. Conservatives hated Clinton, and hated his policies. Hold on, before you criticize me… I would call myself conservative, and I felt much of that “Clinton hatred” back in the 90’s myself. Then in 2001, President Bush came into power, and many conservatives were elated. But, at that time our more liberal friends figured that what was good for the goose was also good for the gander, so they went into anti-Bush mode, and attacks were rampant. Now, last year Obama came into office, and it was time for a “change” and fresh breezes permeated our world. Harmony, peace… ha ha… sorry… just more hatred!
Over the past couple of years, as any regular reader would notice, I have really soured on politics. I just don’t care to even think about it anymore. I used to be very active in Political Circles. I worked on campaigns, went to the big speeches and such, it was my life. But, living in the Philippines, a place very far away from all of that changed me. I got to the point that I just didn’t care much. I mean, all of the arguing, fighting, war of words and such, and how much did it affect me? None. Nada. Wala. Whatever happened in US Politics had very little affect on my life, so I just dropped it from my life.
Now, I see the same thing in the Philippines too, though. One party is in power, and there are lots of other parties that are against everything that the party in power wants to do. Yes, “lots of parties” because in the Philippines it is a multi-party system, not a two-party system like in the USA. And, there is plenty of political wrangling and fighting here, believe me! Some of it is downright childish, it seems. But, it doesn’t really bother me when I see it here. Hmm… why is that? Well, it is because I don’t let it become part of my life.
I kind of figure that whatever policies come into play here, or whatever Political Party comes to power, for the most part it won’t affect my life here much. I mean, there may be some laws that will affect me, but most will just pass me over. Fact is, even if I was violently opposed to some policy that came into play, there really is nothing I can do about it here anyway, because I am not a citizen, can’t vote, and basically am voiceless.
There was a time when, if told that I had no voice in the way things were happening, I would have been very upset! I wanted to be able to influence policy to benefit me! But, now I am in a foreign country, and I just don’t let it bother me. I can’t change it anyway, so why let it anger me? Much better for me and for my health to just enjoy the nice life that I have here and not worry about things that I can’t change even if I want to.
Earlier in this article, I mentioned two words that have become the basis of life in US politics: Conservative and Liberal. The world revolves around these two words, or labels in the US, and in much of the world. You know what, though? I find that the words really don’t mean much at all here! You see, Politicians here don’t tend to label themselves as Conservative or Liberal. There is even a Conservative party, but it’s policies are not carved in stone. There is a Liberal party too, but it’s policies are sometimes quite conservative! What I see here is that the administration in power sets the tone politically with policies that they want to institute. Everybody else is usually against it! It’s not labeled as a conservative idea, or a liberal idea. It’s just an idea.
So, I guess it comes down to this… if you move to a foreign country, best to just leave the politics behind and get on with simply enjoying life. Leave the worrying to others.