OPINION – Want to know what I think of football?
I see 22 men in need of rest being observed by 22 million in need of exercise.
There I said it. It’s a spectator game gala that I do not find worth the time it takes to track the whole season long.
I do however watch the Superbowl. When it comes down to the best of the best, when it’s been hashed out over a long season and the referees have made the final calls (ha!), it is worth it to me to see a championship game. I suspect there are a few people out there who take this approach to spectator sports of all kinds.
But sadly, those same people of the spectator genre administer this Pavlovian attitude to their political decisions and it is costing our country dearly.
A common theme in the rhetoric and banter of the armchair politicos is the diminishing quality in our choice of candidates for president.
In fact, not new to the conversation by a stretch, but resurgent with some new vigor, is the mindset that not voting at all is the only true form of rebuttal against being given such poor choices. (Or, the proposition that a vote for a third party is tantamount to not voting.)
Is it possible that the attitude of those who wait until the championship games to watch a sports series translates as a root cause of some of our election woes?
All year, every year, our elected officials are hard at work doing their jobs of representing the interests of their constituencies. Okay, that’s also a stretch, I know. They say they are doing that but they are more likely working hard to please the lobbyists who represent the corporations who pay them.
But who is to blame for this?
You are, armchair politico.
Had you been paying attention during the regular season you might have had a chance to refute and oppose a crappy bill or to at least make a mental note of who not to vote for and why.
Had you been attending your city council meetings and paying attention to things they are passing with little opposition, you could have made your voice heard and perhaps provoked a change of course.
Had you been fully awake and aware during the regular season you might have been acutely aware of not only the issues and now possess firsthand knowledge of how those in office handled them.
But instead, much like our end-of-season armchair spectators, you armchair politicos spend a few fleeting moments in the postseason seeing who is still in the running; and, when it comes down to the championship – or the elections – you make your decision from a loosely-based and uninformed state.
In the grand scheme of things, the winner of a championship game matters little.
But the winners of elections matter much.
In years passing like minutes, we the American people have witnessed an all out assault on our civil liberties administered with exacting impunity by those we have haphazardly put into office.
You have no one to blame but yourself.
What are you going to do about it?
See you out there.
Dallas Hyland is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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