Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"...and that's OK."

Super Tuesday.
It's hit me like a full blast of nasty snarky hormones.

Here's a Buddhist-inspired aid to help us practice acceptance:
add "and that's OK" on the end of statements that you wish weren't true, but are.
(Tip from Martha Beck, in her book Finding Your Own North Star.)
It's surprisingly helpful in untwisting twisted knickers.
I actually became a smidge of a better human being today once I admitted,
"I don't want to go to my caucus..."
and added, "and that's OK."

Before this, though, I took the opportunity to act like a horrid human being to a guy who has long bugged me at the YWCA. I felt a little bad afterward. He's an idiot, but he didn't deserve to have this pointed out to him.
Well, such is the fate of citizens in a democracy--keep your head down on Election Day is all I can say.

I was all set to attend the DFL caucus and be a good citizen, or at least pretend;
but now the time is here, I can't stand to vote for either of the Big Two and everyone else has dropped out. (I was going to vote for Bill Richardson. Then Kucinich. Um, Edwards?)

I guess I'm more depressed than usual about this state of affairs because I so wanted to be thrilled to have a choice between a female and a black presidential front-runner;
and I reeeeally wanted to vote for Hillary just to stick it up the noses of Kenneth Starr & Cronies.

But you know, when it gets down to it, equality reigns:
I dislike both remaining candidates as much as I would if they were white guys.
And the Republicans are worse--and they are white guys, so there's not even any symbolic blow for equality in voting for one.

I researched Cynthia McKinney--black and female and Green--and while I admire her spark, I don't agree with her on many issues--like her praise of Cuba.
(I've wondered, with Salman Rushdie, Why do leftists fall for bastards like Fidel who claim they represent the oppressed?)

So I am going to exercise my option to opt out. And I don't even have any Star Trek to watch to ease my pain.
I feel like a rotten bad citizen.
And that's OK.


Matt_J said...

One thing that I liked that Obama said was that he was the 'post-racial' candidate. It is so time for that! As David Gergen said on CNN the politics of identity get real ugly, fast.

fresca said...

Thanks for writing, Matt.
Tricky subject.
If only there was no need for "identity politics"... Alas, the discrimination (racial, sexual, etc.) behind identity politics is all too alive and even uglier than the politics it spawns.
I love the idea of a post-racial world but am afraid we are not there yet.
Sill, yes, I like the ideas of hope and unity Obama says he represents.
Here's hoping!!!