Monday, January 9, 2012

Uh Oh Politics: The Cycle

Not to spoil too much of the very new and very awesome The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but towards the end a character makes this curse, "This is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end!" It's fitting that this has come out right in the middle of another presidential election spectacle. One of the most fascinating aspects of growing up fairly aware of politics is year after year slowly understanding just how cyclical the whole thing is. It's one thing to read history books making connections between different eras but it's a whole other experience entirely to watch the darn thing happen again in real-time.

What may set this year is just how completely inept the Republican candidates are but there are enough articles out there explaining that point better than I ever could (of course this is the internet so be wary of your typical, inexplicable and occasional despicable Ron Paul supporters.) However, while the world does change in substantial ways, after looking past the new levels of insanity and Pokemon references and filthy alternate meanings of last names, I've finally accepted that this is just them having their turn again. Not say to they I think Republicans will take the presidency like they did the house but it's just their turn to be relevant again.

Growing up with Clinton, my naive mind thought that Bush Jr. was an unfortunate detour that would be corrected through Obama. But we're on the verge of that "detour" happening once more because it's really the cycle revealing its ironic sense of balance yet again. It isn't the most terrible situation. Constantly going through Democrat's good-intentions but fearful and disorganized nature vs Republican's ability to get stuff done no matter how evil and crazy it can be leaves the country in a kind of stalemate where nothing can get much better or much worse. So at least there's that... I guess.

I realize that to some this is very obvious, myself included. But it has still been interesting to watch, think and write about. Besides for reasons yet to be revealed, I won't be putting original gaming articles on here so politics was the next best thing. It's a game too anyway, just with higher stakes.

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