I had a conversation a while back with my grandmother that left me thinking about how different things are politically now compared to what they were when my grandmother was growing up.
Keep in mind, this is a formidable 86 year old woman who has seen a lot of history in her life. This is a woman who's brothers, husband and other family members fought in both WWII and Korea.
This is also a woman who survived the Great Depression as well..
My grandmother was telling me about how polticians that were elected to DC would come home six months out of the year rather than stay down in DC like they do now. My grandmother told me how her local senator lived not too far from her and she also told me about how his door was always open to his constituents. Nowadays, it's not like that- unless you're rich or a lobbyist.
It's a shame really... The only time you ever see the local congressman or senators in from DC is when they're campaigning for votes. It's sad. It makes me feel like the only ones that matter to politicians are the rich, elites and the lobbyists. I feel like our elected officials don't care about the people, but rather money and power now.
I wonder what others think of this. I wonder if anyone else feels as I do- disenfranchised by our politicians and feel like they only care about money, influence and the trappings of their office. As an election nears us here in the States, this has been on my mind a lot.
I know this may be sensitive to talk about, plus I'm not all that political myself as I try to avoid the political discussions here but this kind of means something to me for some strange reason.
I'm really curious about how others view this... do they feel like that their vote or voice doesn't matter anymore- except for those with money and influence?