Boy, it has been difficult trying to decide what to blog about.
That’s because I try to avoid political topics but at the same time want to scream with utter delight that our state’s (South Carolina's) presidential primary is past, i.e. the phone calls and television ads are gone.
For a while, any way.
Oh, yes, they will be back. I don’t know exactly when they will start again. Perhaps August. More likely we’ll be flooded starting in September and going through the November election.
Having the primary over with makes it awfully appropriate that we’re in the midst of “National Clean Out Your Inbox Week.”
You see, the political infiltration didn’t stop with phone calls and TV ads; the candidates and/or their campaigns and representatives filled our computer’s inboxes.
Many of us were notified every time a local “anybody” endorsed a candidate. We got e-mail to let us know where candidates were speaking and eating – and shaking hands and riding their buses and caravans, when their spouses were joining them or where the spouses would be speaking.
This week also just happens to be “No Name Calling Week.” Boy, we could have used that last week or the whole last month or even always and forever.
Since I’m always so intrigued by these off-the-wall observances, I guess it’s only appropriate to point out that Sunday is “Curmudgeons Day.” The Free Dictionary (online) defines a curmudgeon as “an ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.”
The way campaigns are run these days, the way so many politicians bellow out about other politicians, the phone calls, the e-mails – these all seem to turn me into a curmudgeon.
Maybe that’s why I think another special observance this week is fitting when talking about politics.
Friday is “Thomas Crapper Day” – and I’ll make no other comment about that.
PS -- Make no mistake about it; I love our country and I still think we are fortunate to have the right to vote. Still, I'm somewhat of a curmudgeon with the political atmosphere as it is.
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