Some people think politics has no place in everyday conversation, that it shouldnít be discussed on social media or even on the Opinion pages of this newspaper.
Iím not one of those people. I believe itís important that everyone who lives in this country pay attention to whatís going on around them ó whether that be at the local, state or federal level. Itís important that people stay informed and take an active role in their own government. Itís important that we engage in civil discourse ó although that seems to be more and more of a rare occurrence.
I try to follow the news, naturally, and keep up with current events. I believe I have an obligation to do that not only as the editor of this newspaper but also as a citizen of the United States.
Having said all that, sometimes itís nice to just take a break from the constant conversation and debate. I spent last week on a cruise to Mexico and ó barring one poolside conversation that I did my very best not to engage in ó I paid absolutely no attention to what was going on in the world. And, man, was it nice.
I accidentally left my cell phone in my car at the Port of New Orleans before boarding the cruise ship, so I had no access to social media, no way to keep up with the news. Heck, I couldnít even get the baseball scores without going to the shipís sports bar.
When I finally got back to the port on Saturday morning and was able to log into Facebook, I was deluged with political posts. Again, I understand the importance of politics and the real impact that political decisions have on our lives. But it was a little overwhelming after enjoying the sounds of silence for almost a week.
Going forward, Iím going to make more of an effort to just unplug from all that every now and then. I think we all could benefit from that. The debates and the conversations and the stress of it all will be right there waiting for us when we decide to return to it. Benjamin Franklin said the only sure things in life were death and taxes. I think we can add political arguments to the list.
Now, can anyone give me the score of the Cubs game?