Being apolitical in today's world.

Teach51Teach51 Citizen
edited March 24 in Random Discussion

Anyone else here trying not to get involved in politics? I am the only person I know in real life who avoids political discussion as there is so much hate and intolerance involved. We have just finished our **fourth ** election in two years and the nation is still completely divided down the centre, the fifth election on the way? Anyone else despise politics as much as I do???☺

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  • I really don't like politics. I was pretty apolitical until Trump came along. I understand Trump did a lot of good things for Israel. But I find him to be a definite threat to the US's democratic institutions. I can understand you not wanting to get involved in politics. I don't really want to get involved in it, either.
  • Teach51Teach51 Citizen
    I really don't like politics. I was pretty apolitical until Trump came along. I understand Trump did a lot of good things for Israel. But I find him to be a definite threat to the US's democratic institutions. I can understand you not wanting to get involved in politics. I don't really want to get involved in it, either.
    Lol I wish people could agree to disagree.
  • I wish that, too!
  • Teach51Teach51 Citizen
    I wish that, too!
    There you go, there are already 2 of us in our "apolitical" party. Good work!
  • MagnaMagna Citizen
    Have Israel's elections always been a toss up or is that something new like it has been in the U.S.?  I read that the current election in Israel is more or less a tie and the last one was similar?  I don't believe global dead heat elections, election after election as the norm now are possible without some level of orchestration.  
  • kraftiekortiekraftiekortie Citizen
    edited March 24
    I know the question is directed at Teach (since she is, after all, Israeli). Growing up, and even recently, I have found that Prime Ministers of Israel tended to have trouble "forming coalitions" and "forming governments" because of considerable political infighting. And, frequently, coalitions "break down." I go back to the days of Golda Meir.
  • BenderBender Citizen
    I wouldn't really describe myself as apolitical, but yes, I usually avoid discussing politics. Fortunately, where I live it's considered rude to bring up politics or religion with people you don't know well, so I can avoid it.

    I only occasionally talk about it with friends and only about either particular relevant aspects or historical-related stuff. I definitely hate it if someone is steering a non-related conversation towards their political pet-peeves or ideas.

    I've heard from Americans online that the previous elections lead to a lot of people breaking old friendships: this is very sad and disheartening.
  • MagnaMagna Citizen
    ^ Bender:  People hating each other in the U.S. over the person they voted for for president is a new phenomenon.  Even back in the days of Reagan when the media showed their bias against him never did I hear anyone say that were going to disown, disavow, hate, etc a person for how they voted.  

    Crazy nut ball intolerant times we're in now.
  • Teach51Teach51 Citizen
    Magna said:
    Have Israel's elections always been a toss up or is that something new like it has been in the U.S.?  I read that the current election in Israel is more or less a tie and the last one was similar?  I don't believe global dead heat elections, election after election as the norm now are possible without some level of orchestration.  
    Until 1977 (if I remember correctly) Israel had always been socialist then the right led by Manachem Begin won in a landslide. The tough right wing governments in Israel make peace for some reason. The right actually made peace with Egypt in 1977.The left is struggling to survive and the socialist party Avodah has managed to make a small come back  this time. The last four elections have been a tie more or less. So much money wasted in these difficult times that could be given to our unemployed! 
  • kraftiekortiekraftiekortie Citizen
    edited March 24
    Yep.....the famous Camp David Accords. Begin and Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize. Sadat was assassinated for his troubles by Muslim extremists.
  • Teach51Teach51 Citizen
    Magna said:
    ^ Bender:  People hating each other in the U.S. over the person they voted for for president is a new phenomenon.  Even back in the days of Reagan when the media showed their bias against him never did I hear anyone say that were going to disown, disavow, hate, etc a person for how they voted.  

    Crazy nut ball intolerant times we're in now.

    It is very concerning indeed.
  • BenderBender Citizen
    Magna said:
    ^ Bender:  People hating each other in the U.S. over the person they voted for for president is a new phenomenon.  Even back in the days of Reagan when the media showed their bias against him never did I hear anyone say that were going to disown, disavow, hate, etc a person for how they voted.  

    Crazy nut ball intolerant times we're in now.
    Before that particular election, I've never heard of it either. Even online, I haven't seen people acting that way, at least not to that extent and both sides going that low 🤯

    It made me block all non-essential political news. I don't need that crap, it's just too much.

  • magpiemagpie Citizen
    edited March 25
    I'm not really "apolitical" bacause I try to make sense of things, politics included.

    BTW, firts time I read the topic it read "apocaliptical" and moved my imagination a bit...
  • Magpie: your husband is a very fortunate man, indeed ; - )
  • verityverity Administrator, Citizen
    I'm not apolitical, but I take breaks form it. I don't really like political parties all that much.

    Regan had basic manners. I'll give him that.

    Negative campaigning works becuase the people fall into a tribal mentality. It is easier get people to vote against something. Parties and candidates funded these ads.

    The electorate can't blame everything on the media or politician thought because this is reflection of a part their psyche IMO.

    I don't think recent political figures have helped. The level of hyperbole and personal insult are high, very little of substance is discussed in campaigns. 

    I away find it a bit rich politician blaming the media and acting like victims becuase they always looking for favourable press, or negative press on their opposition. They employ spin doctors to help them, and these are gamekeeper's turned poachers.

    I feel similar way of towards political faction within the general public. Those playing the victim while doing the exact same thing, I don't have much sympathy for.
  • SlyFoxSlyFox Citizen, Member
    Magna said:
    ^ Bender:  People hating each other in the U.S. over the person they voted for for president is a new phenomenon.  Even back in the days of Reagan when the media showed their bias against him never did I hear anyone say that were going to disown, disavow, hate, etc a person for how they voted.  

    Crazy nut ball intolerant times we're in now.
    not new, happen with bush too.
  • On "Happy Days," Howard Cunningham came sort of close to "disowning" Richie Cunningham because he dared to campaign for Adlai Stevenson instead of Dwight Eisenhower.
  • BenderBender Citizen
    magpie said:
    I'm not really "apolitical" bacause I try to make sense of things, politics included.


    It's almost impossible to be truly apolitical these days. I know people who don't vote, but even they are aware and preoccupied to some extent by all the political aspects that will directly affect their lives. 

    And it's important IMO to keep yourself reasonably informed about what's going on at least in your own country, I was stunned at how many people I've seen online saying they voted for Brexit because of things they saw in the media and now they are disappointed and regret it 😲
  • Butterfly88Butterfly88 New Member, Member
    Yes, I tend to avoid political discussions, just too triggering and also it just seems to lead to a lot of arguments and I hate arguing.  
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