I am not sure how others feel, but I am weary and it scares me. I am weary about what is going on in our political system. And the sad thing about this is that I want to withdraw, throw in the towel and not participate. I do not want to deal with my own helplessness and feelings of powerlessness. No longer able to manage a mere "detachment" I am retreating and I know this is not good.
I have a responsibility as a citizen to pay attention, to vote, to stand up and speak up -with respect- and to listen to other opinions; to look for solutions. But now, complex, difficult problems are being simplified into black and white issues... good/bad, right/wrong. There is no looking for solution. All I see is reactivity and blame.
I voted for President Obama both times and have been disappointed in some of his decisions, but I look at what this man has on his plate, the problems he has had to tackle while he is viciously attacked, and I wonder how he is still standing. I have seen verbal assaults on his wife, his children and his very being on bumper stickers and on the internet.
It is dangerous for our country that the very people who are open to hear the ideas of others, who understand the complexity of issues and know that sometimes there are no easy answers, are loosing their voice. People who understand that compromise may be the only solution available in some situations, who understand that their own personal histories and prejudices need to be examined when looking at an issue, who can accept not being "right," are being bullied off the playground or are retreating in despair.