Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In which Primo slips into a mild existential crisis and realizes he might not be sleazy enough to be a politician

Primo: I am despondent.

Me: Why?

Primo: Because I have no legacy. My life has been nothing. We don't have children. We have accomplished nothing of significance. I probably won't win this election.

Me: Welllll.....

Primo: What's it all been for?

Me: I don't know.

Primo: Plus I don't think I would be a good politician. I went to an event last night and I had to be all nice to the county administrator even though he keeps giving money to my opponent. The administrator and I are in the same party! Why does he support my opponent?

Me: Because he is a pragmatist and your opponent holds the office now and the administrator just wants to be able to work with him.

Primo: But he doesn't have any principles!*

Me: Most politicians don't.

Primo: I think he is just interested in power.

Me: Uh huh.

Primo: But that's not what it's supposed to be about! It's supposed to be about making things better for the community!

Me: I know. But most politicians are kind of sleazy and they're in it for themselves. You are way to honest for that.





* There is plenty of other evidence to support this point. I don't think there is anything wrong with being pragmatic, but the county administrator is a rich kid who bought the office with his dad's money and has never had to rely on working to support himself. I don't like the way he operates.

2 comments:

  1. And, therein lies the difficulty!

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  2. I dislike all politicians and tolerate a few. A built in reflex to sleazy and arrogant actions by the crooked folks. I feel bad for Primo trying to fight the good fight in the world today. But I would probably disagree with him and dismiss his ideas as feel good answers to serious problems. It is a wonder any one not looking for personal enrichment wants to run in this day and age. I applaud his efforts.

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