A twofer friday:
Sometimes it’s difficult to let things go, sometimes you’re not in a position to so you just go along, but going along can become a habit, and not a good one.
Often enough people will attempt to patch things together, to make do – if so it’s a temporary fix at best and something when it comes to the type of work I do I advise people about.
You may have to make do with patching a roof, wall, or floor for example but the reality is the need to patch is indicative in most cases of an overall need.
Like I say though sometimes patching is the only option as you wait for better days.
I think patching is characteristic of the election process, it’s become a patchwork of rules and quirks indicating the need for a complete overhaul that keeps getting put off.
Of course those who favor the existing formula and think it advantageous will tell you it’s all good while handing you a pair of shoestrings and telling you to ignore the holes in your shoes.
Sometimes people will accept that and continue on until the next rain or snowstorm or they step on a nail.
Seems to me the storms and nails abound, and I don’t believe either shoes or clothes make the man or woman – but the fabric in which governments or elections conduct themselves epitomize their character that neither new shoestrings nor a temporary patch will suffice.
You’ve got Bill Clinton going on about if only millenials had voted different or engaged in 2010 and earlier things would be fine, ignoring the fact that all the millenials he addressed may not have been of voting age during that time and what about all the of the electorate who were and did?
But’s that’s part of the broken system, the blame game where the system and it’s representatives are never at fault.
Well, I’ve stepped on my share of nails, slogged through the rain and snow storms, worked in single digit and sub zero weather, laid on my back under a house repairing broken pipes with the wind howling and clothes freezing to the ground and it ain’t nothing nice.
But it’s work, it’s what puts food on the table, and I don’t mind going along with the vagaries of weather and conditions to that end.
In a larger sense elections, or more pointedly the results, put food on the table, impact the availability of work and just about everything else you can name.
In that context elections become a job, the work an electorate does, and as workers we ought to be concerned about the quality of work we do and the product that results.
Russia is noted for it’s “five year plans”, in this country when it comes to the presidency we have four year plans – how about looking beyond the constraints and hoopla of four or five year plans and seriously look to the future?
How about a new pair of shoes instead of laces?