I have never been much into politics, largely because I have felt that our political system is ineffective and outdated. But as I continue to evaluate our family lifestyle, and the factors that challenge it the most, I keep bumping into politics. Things like funding education, the cost of insurance and healthcare, the potential increasing lease fee on our cabin, global warming, and the decreasing buying power of the dollar all come back to politics. So I am feeling an increasing need to better understand our political system, if for no other reason than to become clearer about what I need to do to confront some of these challenges, particularly when they come to my family.
But the more I delve into the topic, the more I become hopeless and revert back to my usual stance. The other night I watched Alex Gibney’s documentary, Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, which you can watch for free online. In the hour-long show he argues that America’s rich have rigged politics in a way that has led to unprecedented inequality in America. I followed up the movie by reading the New York Times bestseller, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.
Together, the movie and book further deepened my belief that our political system needs a serious overhaul!
The shot today was taken the day after the government shut down. I converted it to a high-contrast black and white because somehow the stripped away color better aligned with how I feel about politics these days. We are a divided country, a divided people, and in fact, I even feel divides among some of my friends. I wish I could be hopeful for the future of our country, but following the Greatest Generation may be an act we simply can’t follow unless we are willing to make some significant sacrifices.