This will be the last time before election day where I mention the present congress person’s name. It is John Katko, and I feel he must be a good man expressing what he believes are the best of his abilities. In the spirit of Christmas and good will, I will never send another critical e-mail or social media burst to him. He and his Twitter feed are free of me forever. Hooray!
Now is the time to hone my platform to include as many people as possible, and abide by my initial strategy, which means, to be myself, passionate yet genial, and never let the schoolyard ugly in.
John is a good person. I know he cares deeply about family, friends, country, and world when lying down in bed at night, his pillow pressed flat with the weight of our nation’s problems. The waking day for any spotlight politician is a thick atmosphere of confusion, delusion, and illusion. And a night heaviness that must crush him at times.
Which is why I believe all congress people are vulnerable and weak. I was bullied in school. You were too at some point. Adjustments were made for the sake of social survival, and we all learned how to deal in a world gone wrong, push through a long life, collecting needful status points along the way, and never to make a stir among our social class. Mainly because it’s just not polite, too loud, and all the bully personalities come out of the woodwork if you dare…
So Mr. Katko, a firm handshake. Next year I shall run for federal service to our district as an Independent. I will use my own media to share my politics with Palmyra and East Syracuse. I wish to be the reform candidate, win the election, and turn Congress around by example. I am not tired by the “same ole, same ole”. On the contrary, I am energized by it. Inertia is for bullies, and I’m just not that young anymore to give a damn about the taller, meaner kids.
Here is one more anecdote to shed light on a dysfunctional federal government before I make merry for the holiday.
When I wasn’t getting filthy rich as a painter, I made ends meet as a line cook in a rinky-dink restaurant of fellow misfits and miscreants. After a busy night (or day and night, for double shifts were common), other cooks, waitresses, and dishwashers would head out to the bar where the boss supplied us with dollar drinks. Many nights we stayed right through until closing time, doffed our hats and stumbled out the door.
On such a night, back in July, 1995, I was heading through East Park on my way home when I noticed another weary (drunken) working man, walking in the opposite direction across the street. Suddenly he made an aggressive bee line for me. The fight or flight response should have kicked on, however, I discovered a new reaction to immediate fear and trembling.
The moment our eyes met, I leaped into the air waving one arm and pointing to the sky with the other. “Look!” I howled. “Look at the mooooon!” I danced side to side, up and down yelling my head off, “Look at the moon! Look at the moon!”
The would-be mugger stopped on a dime, turned, and ran away from me.
I know you are afraid of hotheads John. I am too. For the rest of this campaign, I will never say a critical or unkind word. The golden rule of human life must cover also the inhumane arena of federal politics. To keep socially sane, most kids would rather pee their pants in class than run for U.S. Congress.
Only crazy people and bullies ever meet on that road.
Today, I level our playing field and imagine that you’re just crazy like me.
To you and yours. Happy holidays counselor!