Hard to explain, but I blame Washington. Not the state, not the good people of the District of Columbia who are just trying to get through their week like the rest of us, but that “inside the Beltway” crew who zip around in cabs and imported suits, toss around expense accounts at overpriced restaurants, with their knowing winks and too cool for school about everything, “if it was important, I’d know about it,” outlook.
I’m not blaming Mr. President. Even if you count back to his 2005 arrival in DC, or even to his much earlier entrance to the political scene, he didn’t start this. Depending on how you look at it, Mr. President was getting carried around in his bare feet or maybe even wasn’t born yet.
I still blame “Washington.” It’s not that you don’t get the rest of the country, it’s that you don’t even care to try. I think my new rule is, “no one should rule those who they hold in contempt.” And you rule everybody.
You mess with communities and industries and places you don’t understand for your own betterment, make deals to make yourself feel like a big shot or to profit some buddy, and you call it “politics.” The interesting thing about English is that it has, like, 300,000 words and counting. Lots of synonyms or close synonyms, like “town” and “village” or “child” and “kid.” Or “cronyism,” “corruption” and “politics.”
I guess challenging part is that elected (and appointed) officials are chosen by a certain constituency, but once they are in the job, they really have to represent everyone. Even the newest Representative from a tiny district on one corner of the map really can’t think only about home. It is really about the whole country and the American people.
So, I suppose some of the hordes of millions who read my blog might find this a rather obtuse entry. The Wisconsin State Fair set an attendance record this year, and it will be back in West Allis next year.
What happens tomorrow happens tomorrow. I blame Washington. And I pray for everyone on all sides who get caught in the Middle.