Values, speeches and punchlines: why I like politics

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I like it when people discuss values. And give speeches. And when they argue different sides about politics.

Ever since that famous scream in 2004 by Howard Dean, I have watched with joy.

No one has released such audible jubilation as that scream since, but I have not strayed away.

(Donald Trump probably is our best hope at another grand scream.)

When I was in the classroom, politics was never something I wanted to get into, at least not too much.

I was in the union and I followed candidates and the legislation that affected public instruction, but now, as an outsider looking in (to the classroom), and looking at all the other issues, I am realizing how much I love following politics.

Last night was the first step in getting closer to Election Day this November. I sat nervously, but still excited, watching CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Pundits argued on the screens while field reporters talked to Iowans lining up to caucus for the candidates of their choosing.

I felt giddy as I observed the process at work. Yes, I support Bernie Sanders. I do not necessarily like how the establishment of our government turns a blind eye to the large banks and billionaires who get away with anything; if you have ever looked at my Facebook or personal Twitter account, I have written about this for a while.

I have never let this jade my views. I listen to all sides and all accounts — learning what each candidate stands for and why my ears, eyes and mind deserve their attention, even if it is only for a few short moments.

On the right, a surprise from what the polls told everyone. Ted Cruz walks away on top. The people of Iowa seem to closely align with the people of Texas; Cruz has much support in his home state of Texas, and those values mesh well with Iowans in our country’s center. Trump slips into second and a big surprise showed up with third place — it is Marco Rubio.

At this moment, on the left, it is nothing short of amazing how close the results are between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. A statistical tie, within two-tenths of one percentage point. Neither can really say they win (honestly), simply because at least three of the caucuses ended with coin tosses to determine who got more delegates.

One of the things that I really love about this system is how crazy, how messed up, how intense this can get. A coin toss? Really? That’s how we solve this. It is that complicated and that simple.

If I can watch this for the rest of the year, I think I’m going to enjoy my time outside of the classroom.

By the way — since when is America not “great”?


I will be posting various blogs this year in response to the political process.  My views do not represent any employers or organizations I represent.


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