The Clock Ticks
It varies from State to State, but time is running out for people to file to run for elected office. In my little corner of the world, nothing appears changed. The same person-type are running for office that ran ten, twenty or “x” years ago. They promise things with different adjectives and allude to emulating the policies of present or past enamored officials. Some suggest change, but little insight is provided.
The lack of different personalities, and platforms, ensures the policy failures will continue.
I no longer wonder why people won’t run. Any potential candidate is instantly vilified by any group affected by a substantive policy change. If you don’t agree with a specific demographic’s primary edicts, you are unworthy. Any potential candidate will be interrogated until enough policy changes are mentioned to garner the disdain of a small minority. If the policy change is broad enough, it will conscript other demographics into its fold by commonality. How dare any candidate want to restrict access to “x”. It makes no difference that the proposed policy change may have nothing to do with restriction, but only demanding common sense and rule of law be applied to current rules.
It is all about the spin.
As one of the first posts (The Other AI) of this blog mention, apathy and ignorance (AI) will be our downfall. While the intelligence bell curve is real, it is not for wont of accurate information or forecasting that causes bad policy to continue, it is a steady stream of divisiveness and a lack of desire to acquire factual information. Fake news is not the problem, it is the inability to critically assess and investigate information. This goes beyond news, but infiltrates business as well.
The pandemic has made it worse.
Work environments can, in some cases, provide healthy exchanges of ideas and different insights into policy positions. While this has deteriorated in recent years as the “arm” of Human Resources (HR) has snaked further down the org chart, these conversations can still occur in social gatherings and at the proverbial water cooler. Not all of these are nefarious, but simply ponder life questions. Why can’t they unload those ships? Why have gas prices risen? Why is inflation up since Biden was elected? These are not partisan questions, but simple kitchen table conversations brought to the water cooler.
But this is gone.
Work From Home (WFH) allows the voter to avoid and ignore any other points of view. They can steep (at home) in any ideology they desire without any dissenting view. As a potential candidate, a clear advantage is lost. The water cooler is no longer available to debate current policy, it provides an advantage to the incumbent. WFH removes a conduit for discussing why a State ranks at, or near, the bottom for a particular policy, why the U.S.A is creeping down in world education ranking, and other worthy discussion items. HR may want to stop these conversations from happening, but people need to start questioning why these policies are allowed to continue. It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you support.
As time goes by, the policies remain, to all our demise.