When I was growing up I never followed politics or the news. We lived in a small town in the middle of nowhere, all the headlines took place in a different world.
All that changed when I joined the military. It didn’t take long to realize that politics and world news had a huge impact on my life. Invading Iraq? Oh, shit. Bush was reelected? Oh, shit. And all those weird places they talked about on the news? Yeah, I’ve been there, I’ve met people there, I’ve got the t-shirt. Everything became relevant, I started really paying attention to what was going on around the world.
Most of the time when I notice headlines about politics my reaction varies between mild disgust, surprise, and disappointment. It’s not often that politics scares me, but I’m terrified about the next US election. Terrified. I haven’t been this worried since Bush won a second term. Continue reading