I try not to get myself wound up in/by politics anymore. It was something I thought I would do with my life at one time. Not be a politician exactly, but maybe be the gal behind a couple of guys & gals, behind a guy or a gal. I was into it, American Dream style.
But my cynicism got the better of me. Maybe a little apathy, too. Sprinkle a little hopelessness on top et voila.
Now I can only take it in small doses, lest I work myself into a lather about the sheer futility of it all.
So I put my head down and do what I can on a micro-level to make my little dot in the world better and hope it make some sort of karmic propagative impact on the world at large.
And the optimist emerges.