I hate politics. I always have. Well, since high school when I thought I wanted to be a lawyer and took a law and government class that was half a day for the entire year. I knew within a week that I hated it, but was stuck. Since then, I avoid politics like they're the plague. There are three things I don't like to discuss with people most of the time: politics, religion, and ebook prices. Very heated issues and I'm not one who likes to debate things.
So as I'm sure you can tell, every fourth year is torture for me. All the television, radio, and newspaper talk about are politics. Who's doing what wrong, what scandal from a decade ago someone was involved in, all that crap. Drives me bonkers.
There are two things that make me hate politics. First and foremost, you can't express an opinion without someone berating you and telling you you're wrong (it's an opinion. Opinions can't be wrong). And second, it seems the main strategy to get elected is to make yourself seem less bad than your opponent.
The first problem I can't change. The only way to avoid that is to refuse to discuss the issues and keep my opinions to myself. The second problem baffles me, though. I'm a lazy American, and I'm not the only one out there. With all the money spent on commercials and stuff, you'd think they'd want to use their 30 seconds to tell you what exactly they're going to do to make life better. I'm not going to go out and do research (please don't yell at me about it. I've heard it enough and I'm old enough to make my own decisions on the matter). It's their job to win me over, and blasting their opponent is not the way to do it.
I do vote, on occasion, when someone makes it easy for me to like them. That's what I want: Don't tell me why I shouldn't like the other guy. Tell me why I should like you. Is it really so hard?