I certainly don’t make a secret about the fact that I don’t like politics. Even though I am well aware that it is my civic duty! My privilege! My responsibility! My freedom-that-has-been-hard-won! to vote, I am not a big fan of the voting process.
I am by nature naive and trusting. This means I have generally believed what politicians tell me they are going to do for me once they get into office. And, generally, once that person gets elected to office, I find myself disappointed when I find out all the reasons that person can no longer keep the promises they have made.
As you can imagine, Chicago politics has really done a number on my poor little naive brain. What do you mean so-and-so said he had to raise taxes and freeze salaries but he hired a personal hair stylist on retainer for any moment that a hair gets out of place? What do you mean that my tax dollars are going to support some crazy “fix Chicago’s image” scheme while important bills are left unpaid and we get deeper and deeper in debt? Why does the sales tax have to be raised (again) when we already have the highest sales tax in the nation? Is there truly no other way to pay off our debts?
I pay attention to the platforms, I listen to the debates. I have just lost my ability to believe that life is going to get better for the underdog. From where I sit, no matter who gets elected, I am going to end up with less: less money in my pocket, less benefit and less belief in the honesty and goodness of your average politician.
I will be voting on Tuesday. But I can’t say that my heart will be in it.
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