For the last few days I have been searching for the fire to write another great post. I write like each is its own entity, and I don't like just throwing things together for the sake of throwing things together. I have been rattling by brain for something to talk about that I haven't already discussed. I've been reading about all these vicious and bruising fights in places like California, all this sexy stuff gets people all hot in the collar. Issues like immigration, corruption, taxes, and social issues really set states on fire. Even up north (barely for me) in Maryland, their are deep political divisions that has led to some nasty political fights and terrible racial name calling.
Part of me wats to have politics that fire us up like that. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we are in a unique position in Virginia. For all our political blustering, arguments, and frustrations we have a pretty civil party politic. And I think it is a blessing. We talked about how "negative" our govenor's race got last year. My little brother goes to school in New York City and he was telling me about the ads he saw for the Corzine-Forrester. He was only half joking when he spoofed a NJ ad: "Doug Forrester. . . .he kills babies!" "Jon Corzine. . . .he loves terrorists!" Of course that is hyperbole, but it wasn't far from the truth. If the worst our campaigns can get is an ad about the death penalty, my friends we are blessed. Furthermore, I have family in California who tell about all the craziness out there.
There is something about Virginia. I'm a history student, and I especially love Virginia/southern history. I don't know many 25 year olds who get stoked talking about Thomas Staples Martin or Harrison H. Riddlebburger, but I do. There has always been a certain austere dignity about the Old Dominion that set it apart from its more fire-breating neighbors. Even at the height of the Byrd Machine and Massive Ressistence, there was never the violence like there was in Mississippi or Alabama or Georgia. Something about this Old Dominion, the mother of Washington, Jefferson, Henry, Monroe, Madison, Monroe, and Tyler--among others. There is a dignity about this state. We see it today and I think its something we should be proud of--Republicans, Democrats, and independents all. I think its a good thing our politics isn't divissive and vicious like California or New Jersey.
I don't know. Its been a slow couple of weeks in the news here in Virginia. I know Republicans and Democrats are passionate in this state, but overall, I think our discourse is refreshingly dignified. This is just a random thought. I wanted to write something tonight, and this has been a thought I have been sitting on for awhile. A ttimes, our politics can be very boring--but that means when the gavel bangs we still don't want to kill each other.
Again, just a thought.