Bipolar Politics

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

I LOVE politics. I know it is one of those topics that one usually is advised not to discuss, but screw what Emily Post thinks. When talking politics I have a true gift; I can discuss pretty dicey issues without getting into a brawl. Years of teaching high school and talking to irrational parents and kids with behavioral disorders makes me great with unreasonable people. Did I mention I was also a cocktail waitress at one point? Seriously, I am an expert in the face of crazy. People who love talking about politics have a lot in common even if their beliefs are on opposite sides of the spectrum – they have a lot of pride in their country, and they’re all right.

Despite the fact that I love politics, I have never really been fully committed to being a Democrat or a Republican. I usually just pluck the ideas I like from different parties and wonder why we can’t all just get along (wise words Rodney King). Recently, I decided to commit myself more to the Republican Party. Not necessarily because I have suddenly been wooed by their platforms and candidates (Whoa…so much to say there!!), but mostly because I am so curious about all the factions that are occurring in the party. Since George W. Bush couldn’t get his own party to get behind him on immigration reform and the rise of the Tea Party, I have been fascinated by the schism of the Republican Party.


The split has had an almost bipolar effect on the Republican Party. Some of the party leaders have remained reasonable (Poor Boehner who has been damned for his practical behavior) and some are maniacs spouting off reckless rhetoric. It’s blessings from God uncomfortably combined with damnation of illegal immigrants and homosexuals. The vile talk of some “Republicans” ignore basic facts such as checks and balances, the president is not an all-powerful dictator, and that gay people, minorities, women and illegal immigrants are in fact people.


I am excited to get involved in politics in Colorado. However, Fort Collins, where I live, is overwhelmingly Democratic. People here bike to work, carry around mason jars in lieu of the popular Nalgene (A hipsters protest against modernism), and don’t seem to mind paying taxes (except when it comes to teacher pay, they hate paying teachers more). However, in Colorado Springs (approx. 2.5 hours south of here) there is a very different story taking place. Colorado Springs is the 4th most conservative city in the nation, according to MIT and UCLA in 2014. These peeps hate taxes so much they voted against a tax increase for street lights, garbage pick-up, and city park maintenance amid budget woes in 2010. Those who could afford such amenities paid for them out of pocket and those that couldn’t suffered. One could drive through Colorado Springs at night, and based on the street lights you could literally see wealth distribution in the community.

Source: Natalie Bartling stands beneath the streetlight she petitioned to have put on her residential street five years ago in the city of Colorado Springs.

The reason I want to get involved is because I want to hear what Republicans in the real world (NOT on TV) have to say, and see the vibe at the caucus. I am curious about whether or not any minorities will be there. I am a Hispanic female, and Hispanics make up only 10% of the population in Fort Collins. Fort Collins is about 89% Caucasian, and I have yet to see a Hispanic in my neighborhood who isn’t working construction. Once a construction worker stopped me on a walk to ask me if I actually lived in my neighborhood. For a split second I felt like the talented tenth, but honestly it’s my husband’s very Asian salary that makes it possible for my home to be where it is.


So instead of standing on my moral pedestal (in reality sitting on a couch) and judging the Republicans I formally became one and am heading to the caucus to hear the real feelings of Republicans, and hopefully not the Trump inspired politics oozing with hate and blood coming out of “where ever” that have clogged up all our TV’s. So I changed my political affiliation to Republican and signed up to caucus in Fort Collins, CO. I am ready to walk into a room filled with Republicans ready to talk politics. I am also ready to campaign to be a delegate for the local and state conventions. How else will I get to meet those folks from the Springs?