I had ideas of becoming a politician and running for state senate in this 2018 election. More than any other factor, what kept me from following through with that notion was, I got stricken by fatigue that so baffled my doctor I began thinking of him as Dr. Herzenstube, a character in The Brothers Karamazov whose common response to a patient’s condition is “I can make nothing of it.”
For no apparent reason, I feel somewhat healed. But though I have more energy, it’s too late to run for an office this year. Anyway, my time is filled with writing, publishing, attempting to market books, transforming Perelandra College, and helping my Zoe with her sports and college applications. Besides, a close appraisal has made me doubt if I could be a successful politician.
But at least I’m attempting to take voting more seriously. In that effort, I have consulted a few people more informed than I am about certain candidates and issues.
Yesterday, I phoned Vicki, a dear friend, an attorney, and asked if any of the people running for judicial offices were particularly worthy or otherwise. She only had one recommendation: Gary Kreep, she said, is dishonest, vile, so loathsome he can be fittingly described with so many other derogatory adjectives I found myself more impressed than ever with Vicki's vocabulary. So please, Californians, vote against Gary Kreep whose seemingly appropriate name should make him easy to remember.
And since my family is all about education and the choice of a California Superintendent of Public instruction found me wondering, I called my son Cody, a high school English teacher, and confirmed my suspicion that the choice between Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck (descendant of Friar Tuck?) was essentially about the preservation of traditional public education versus the movement in favor of charter schools, public and private. Cody confirmed that, in short, Thurmond is the choice of the California Teacher’s Association and public school teachers in general, while those who believe in Betsy DeVos and her mission to privatize education favor Marshall Tuck. Take your pick. In case my opinion should matter, I detest the whole idea of for profit schools.
Readers who live outside California might want to forward my observations to voters living here on the lower left coast.
Other than those insights, all I will recommend is: study a little (at least), maybe ask some trustworthy and knowledgeable people, and please, please think critically, then vote.