Monday musings

Fountain in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

I have politics on the brain today.  Nothing specific in terms of candidates or parties.  Just a deep weariness of all the rancor and division in the political ads.  Rumor has it that those who don’t live in swing states are not subjected to this toxic waste of money.  Turning off the television or radio makes no difference.  Most of the ads I am subjected to online are political in nature, and the phone rings frequently throughout the day.  The Republicans must have more money to burn than the Democrats as all the robo-calls have been coming from the RNC (Republican National Committee), with the occasional Tea Party call thrown in for good measure.

Graffiti outside one of the tunnels on the Allegheny River Trail.

I am sickened by the billions of dollars being spent on political ads.  Money that could feed, clothe, and shelter so many people being thrown around to spread hate and divisiveness.  Way to go, politicians, lobbyists, and other special interest groups.  U.S. politics have sunk to the level of reality television shows (where there is often very little reality — in the shows or the politics).

Entering the darkness of the tunnel

I keep forgetting that we’ve gone from being “swing states” to “battleground states.”  It’s all out war now, isn’t it?.

Coming and going

I heard an interesting comment on the radio this morning.  A woman mentioned that a lot of young people — people who are interested in being socially responsible by doing positive things in the world — have no interest in politics or the election because they don’t see the government or elections as part of who they are or what they’re doing.  They don’t feel change can or will be made higher up in the government, but at the grassroots level, one small place at a time.  I found this an interesting and somewhat refreshing approach.  I know it’s not new, but it’s something that has been off of my radar for a while so there was a brightness to it, like an unexpectedly found shiny-new penny.

Somewhere on the Allegheny River Trail

I often think about not voting at all.  Oh, I will.  I’ve been conditioned with the idea that not voting is allowing someone else to make the choice for me, so I’ll vote when the time rolls around.  I’ve become cynical enough over the last twelve years or so that I don’t take advantage of early voting for fear that They will somehow come up with a way to discount those votes.

Louis Comfort Tiffany windows. St. John’s Episcopal Church. Franklin, Pennsylvania.

When I think about not voting, I consider the possibility of someday voting for a candidate whose speeches and ads reflect who they are and the specifics of their plans rather than the usual mudslinging.  I’d like to see someone step up with facts, numbers, and positivity rather than soundbites for a two-second world.  Leave the other candidate alone.  Tell me what YOU are going to bring to the table of this feast we call life.

That’s why I don’t want to vote.  There is no such candidate (that I’ve seen or heard from) currently running for any office.

Ah well, enough of that for today.

One of the places M and I visited while in Franklin, PA, was St. John’s Episcopal Church.  We went to see the windows.  The Louis Comfort Tiffany collection in the church is, according to the church website, one of seven surviving complete collections of ecclesiastical stained glass.  They are gorgeous, especially with the light pouring in.

I went to see the windows.  I found peace.  It’s a lovely church, and a wonderful place to just sit, meditate, and let the calm energy soak in to the core of your being.

Brilliance in the woods. (From this morning’s walk.)

I guess that’s about it from me for today.  I meant to show you the geese who came to visit this morning, but they will have to wait for another post since my words took off in a completely different direction from the original itinerary I laid out while I was walking around the pond.  Funny how that happens.

Oh okay… I’ll show you the geese. Just one photo, though, so I’ll have some for tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting.  Wishing you a joyful day, evening, or night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

The big picture.

Thank you to Christina for Election Nonsense which helped me to verbalize what I’m feeling and thinking, and to Kathy for this brilliant post which helped to flesh it out.


22 Comments on “Monday musings”

  1. Gracie says:

    Wonderful post, Robin. I agree, politics has gotten dirtier and dirtier. Seems no side wants to play nice anymore.

    Love that photo of the graffiti, it is a sad reminder of the truth…

  2. Phil Lanoue says:

    Excellent post Robin, with tremendous photos and commentary!
    Being in SC we are not subjected to any of the ads or phone calls.
    We got lucky on that one anyway. 🙂

  3. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. You post makes valid points. The windows in the church are beautiful, and help to calm the soul. Jane

  4. dearrosie says:

    I like the graffiti photo. It’s shocking to think of all the money spent on mud-slinging when so many people in this country are homeless and their children are hungry.

    Is everyone phoning you because you’re an independent voter in a swing state? Whew sounds exhausting.

  5. dearrosie says:

    Oh lord I just heard on the radio that President Obama is coming back here on Wednesday. He’s landing at 5:30, the arrival’s perfectly timed to give us all a nightmare commute home… sheesh.

    • Robin says:

      I feel for you, Rosie. He’s been to this area too many times to count now, and that makes a mess of traffic which is NOTHING like the traffic you have to contend with out your way.

      I’m not an independent anymore. There was a time when I could go either way as I tend to agree with the Dems on the social issues, but lean towards some fiscal conservatism. I have to admit it has been a (very!) long time since I voted for a Republican, and gave up “throwing away” my vote to third party candidates (even though I have liked some of the Green Party candidates). So, I’m not sure why they keep calling me. It is exhausting, and annoying. I’ll be glad when this election is over. 🙂

      • Robin says:

        And guess what, Rosie? I just got notice President Obama is going to be in Cleveland (just a short trip north for me) on Thursday. Must be tough, though, to follow up on last week’s visit by Biden who brought Bruce Springsteen along for the campaigning. I’m kind of sorry to have missed that since I’m a Springsteen fan.

  6. Val says:

    Well, as I’m not an American I don’t have that decision to face (though I am sure if I did, I’d be voting Democrat – or whatever was closest to it) but I do think the amount of money spent on these campaigns is just disgusting.

    I know how you feel about not wanting to vote, though… our parties here in the UK are all much of a muchness these days, not very much to choose between any of them. I wish they’d just give us all a ‘none of the above’ option.

    Love those Tiffany windows. And the geese on the water – they look like they are swimming on top of melted metal! 🙂

  7. Robin, I’m so, so honored to have inspired you! Truly honored. It really is outrageous! It’s all outrageous–especially the money spent! In fact, it’s criminal.

  8. So many of us are saying the same things about all the ads and divisive costly campaigns that don’t address issues. Glad we are in a non-important state – I hear it’s dreadful in those.
    The windows are serene – as is the pond. Maybe life will sort and still.
    Always been a big fan of “if everyone would just do one little thing – it would make a big difference”.

  9. different from your usual! And that’s a good thing!!

  10. I’m done with People Who Shout on TV, be they candidates, or “news” people… I vote, despite the fact that I think they’re all liars, who won’t make hard decisions for fear of losing their next election. I told Hubby that I’m like Linus in his pumpkin patch, waiting for my faith to be restored…
    Beautiful windows there…I’m glad you found a place away from the Noise. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      I’m done with them, too. I often wonder if things would be different if our representatives, at whatever level, were not allowed to make a career out of politics. They’d go, serve their time, and then go home and go back to their old job.

  11. Interesting thought on the radio – I would tend to agree with her! One topic you may never see from me on my blog is politics…. too many people with too many different opinions. Everyone thinks they’re right. There are certain subjects that will never be “won” or “lost”. I have my own thoughts on the matter, but what concerns me most in life is MY life, and MY family. That is all.

    Those are some beautiful stained glass windows! I can only imagine how much work goes into creating such works of art!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly. 🙂

      I usually avoid politics (and religion) on my blog, too. It just occurred to me that I managed to include both in this post. LOL!

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