I’d like to believe that I’m able to focus on things that are important when I am aware of them.
Like work. I’m supposed to be writing this blog post right now. But my mind is actually on Facebook.
Well, nothing quite so shallow as cat memes and like mining posts, there’s an election going on here in my hood.
And, truth be told, there was a provincial election (think state) a couple of months ago.
And now the world is going to hell …
Some years ago, a political analyst suggested that the biggest problem with George W. Bush (I’m paraphrasing here because I don’t remember who or exactly what they said) was not incompetence, but that his being elected meant that a new norm was set and that meant that even less competent people could now be considered.
Now, I might get in trouble for this, but I’m not a republican, so I don’t much care. In truth, I’m not a democrat either, I’m a Canadian and I really have no business in your politics, but hey, I have an opinion.
Here’s the thing, I think you elected the wrong orange haired clown. I’m pretty sure Ronald McDonald would have served you better. Sure, you’d have to answer the question, “Do you want fries with that?” every time you accessed government services, but hey, maybe you’re strapped for time and it’s almost dinner.
Wait, Why do I have an opinion?
Here’s the thing, like colds and flu and suicide, stupidity seems to be contagious. In my province, a Trumpian wannabe named Ford ran, for and got elected (with 25% of the vote, don’t get me started on democracy using first past the post models, please?) as premier of our province (think Governor).
He campaigned on promises of irrelevant things like beer for a dollar. But he also promised change.
And now he’s delivering. Not changes that he talked about when he was campaigning, changes that seem to be punishments leveled at organizations he perceives as former antagonists.
Right, sorry, I’m supposed to be writing about that, aren’t I?
Well, my problem is this, I keep getting dragged down the rabbit hole and following conversation threads and writing comments that I sometimes (but not often enough) erase before I post.
And I’m supposed to be working. This is what we call distraction, and this is its purest form.
Could it be any worse?
Yep. IT could. How, you ask?
We have a municipal election on right now. Did I mention that already?
And it seems that campaign by drama has become the new norm, even at the personal level of municipal, non-partisan politics.
And worse still …
Facebook is the perfect platform for local politics because the degrees of separation are much smaller in the municipal arena.
I personally have already been blocked from one candidate’s page for asking too many questions (apparently the number of questions that is considered “too many” is actually just one that he didn’t like).
And since Facebook is the perfect platform for municipal elections, it is the last place I should be when I have work to do.
But since I seem to be addicted to the drama … won’t someone please hire me to write political commentary? I promise to stay focused.