Tension keeps mounting between the deliberately deliberate pace of “Change” chosen by the Obama administration, and the microwave mentality many of us have about Politics – full of expectations that like a freezer full of 3-course dinners, “soup-to-nuts” solutions to America’s most complex problems should be readily available in 2-minute heat ‘n serve pouches.
Let’s face it. You can’t blame – not too much anyway – millions of frustrated folks who find themselves in this grownup version of a “baby-looking-for-binky” predicament, crying out impetuously for warp-speed ways out of chronically confounding national tight spots.
Every condition needs a name, so let’s call this one APADD – Adult Political Attention Deficit Disorder. New name for a very old condition – a tradition, you might even say. Fell prey to it myself for the better part of an ugly 8-year stretch I wish I could erase from memory (and history, for that matter). Otherwise known as the Bush-Cheney administration.
I kept trying to calm down and think about long-term, realistic ways of fixing all the messes they were making. But time and again, I couldn’t keep from losing my patience, and temper – insistent about the need for immediate action!
Finally, I figured I’d try to reform the way I was approaching Politics. Because hey – it’s a new century, a New Age of self-affirmation. And besides, a guy I respect, admire and trust got elected president in 2008.
Sure enough, the first step in my recovery was a time-honored one: admitting I had a problem. Yes, Bush & Cheney really were responsible for doing a long string of destructive things that needed to immediately be undone – but weren’t. So I had some reason to be “driven to distraction”. But I had gotten too…edgy, to say the least. Just wasn’t thinking Big Picture or long-term strategy anymore.
Then, as Fate would have it, just as I was regaining my own perspective – millions more new victims were falling prey to their own severe, Obama-centric cases of APADD. Go Figure. Seems like strong dislike of a particular president is a driving force in bringing on and fanning the flames of this disorder.
But hey – It’s not simply those personal, partisan political prisms we look through that are at fault…right? Must be other forces making APADD so prevalent these days.
Years of TV-watching and channel-changing…raising children…dealing with bosses who can’t make up their minds and/or keep them made up…surfing The Internet…smart-phones; all that stuff combines to erode our attention spans. Even the more focused among us have gotten a bit impatient…distracted…
And HEY, are you still really paying attention to this column??
If so, consider this. Maybe, in a country as politically polarized and socially divided as ours is now, the Big Picture can only sharpen, and then shift, in what looks and feels to many of us like Slow Motion.
In other words…Mild May Be The New Wild. Slow & Seemingly Symbolic – that may be the new Speedy & Simply Realistic. In Politics, that is.
Which means that whether you’re frustrated with President Obama from the Right, Left or Center of the political spectrum, you probably need to give him a break. And some more time – if, as I do, you believe he’s at least on a generally positive, constructive track.
The reality of America’s socioeconomic situation now – based on the verifiable facts we have on the record, without any interpretation by anyone in “the press”, on TV, Radio or The Internet – is that things have gotten better in many essential, quantifiable ways, from 2009-2012. That’s just the way it is. You can look it up.
Yes. Things have gotten slowly, but steadily better. Not all better, not in every important aspect, but in many. And all the rebuilding and laying of new foundations for future progress, it has all come under the near-crushing weight of eight years of Bush-Cheney rubble.
So, to all you current APADD sufferers, I say – Please, pay a little more patient, undivided attention to Facts, History, and The Big Picture.
And feel free if to give me a shout if you need a sponsor on the road to recovery.