A Political Primer

By: Melissa Stagnaro

A political primer

I jokingly refer to myself as a political agnostic. Blame it on my years living in the DC Metro area, if you like. Until I landed at The Evening Sun, I’d always done a fairly good job of avoiding discussions of a political nature. Actually, I considered it as something of a highly-honed skill, which involved keeping a sincere(ish) smile and look of interest plastered on my face while I hummed Broadway show tunes in my head.

I’ve found, over time and the further I am from the Beltway, I’m not quite as shy about expressing my opinions. (And let’s face it, politics provides such excellent blog and column fodder.) I feel a lot freer talking about my frustrations with politics and our political system in general.

I’d like to think that I’m not the only one frustrated. I mean, surely others are bothered by the way “politics” gets completely in the way of our leaders actually leading. Don’t the cogs of government move slowly enough on their own, without politics gumming up the wheels even more?

The problem, I think, is that politics is a corrupter. It corrodes even those who initially run for office with the noblest of intentions and purest of hearts. Once they are actually elected, the focus shifts to staying in office. Not to mention the wheeling, dealing and political brokering required to get anything done. Ugh, and don’t get me started on the pandering. Or the schtupping of interns.

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