I don't usually get political on my blog, but tonight I think this might border on a political rant. Maybe not. I'm kinda skeptical about it. And that's what concerns me. I just finished watching and listening to the State of the Union Address by our currently sitting President of the United States. I truly like the man. I think he is a good, good man. I think he has faced incredible odds during his six years and counting in office. It seems to me that when the opposition party declares from day one that their sole goal is to keep the newly elected by the people President from getting anything done. Amazingly they did not succeed, even though we don't hear much about his accomplishments...of which there are many.
But that is not what I feel like ranting about. In fact, I don't really want to rant. I just want to know something. When does a "healthy skepticism" become a "jaded ennui?" Don't get me wrong. I feel inspired every time I hear Barack Obama speak. He has a way. I am sure it comes from being a professor and former community organizer. He in charismatic...even with his long pauses and um's here and there. He knows how to express himself and people do listen.
But I am skeptical when it comes to thinking he will ever realize his potential, get the things done he intends to, without the opposition party sabotaging him. But again, that is not what I want to go into here. My musings are about this nagging feeling of ennui, of being so disenchanted with The System, that I check my enthusiasm at the door. I hate when I think to myself or say out loud, its all madness and nothing will ever change.
That's what is bugging me tonight after listening to, and being inspired by, what the POTUS had to say tonight as I was equally disgusted by the signs of disrespect and disdain by his opposition. Civility is dead? Compromise is impossible? This is nothing new, sad to say. And yet, when I turn off the TV tonight, I will most likely still think there is a chance....a slim one...but a chance we can get it together as a country and move forward.
End of rant.