The true measure of a person

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I can’t seem to traipse through my normal news channels without some mention of a sexual nature.

I don’t mean the act, but more of the “determining of” variety, meaning it’s because of what the person is, or claims to be, that makes something newsworthy.

Setting aside the fact that news itself is newsworthy, the instances of identity politics are growing, and it should concern you and everyone.

Specifically, I’ve seen headlines touting the fact that a “transgender” person won the Democratic nomination for the governor’s race in Vermont.

While on the face of it, it’s a story that really should concern people in Vermont, it really is ridiculous that the lede of it is the person’s gender.

I’d kinda like to know, if I cared or if I was a Vermont voter, what this “person” would do should they win election. What’s your plans for the economy? Where do you stand on immigration? Health care?

I’m sure you’ve all seen stories on the sexuality of elected officials, and I’ll ask the question again, paraphrasing Hillary Clinton: What difference does it make.

The problem with identity politics is that is all about show, and not substance. There isn’t a valid reason I can think of that will make who a person sleeps with, or what they do with themselves medically or genetically, more important than the issues their constituents face.

When these types of things become important to the process, then the essence of government has been coopted by the appearance. Lawmakers are more performers than legislators, and spend more time arguing and posturing about things that really have no business being in the realm of government.

I would much prefer my representatives deal with the border, and too-high taxes, and creating an environment that is conducive to business and success, as well as the well-being of everyone. Spending time on these items is a drill-down to specific groups, and that’s what representative government is supposed to be about.

•This week’s Headline of note: Let’s return to the good old days of yore, when the skies above were thick with the buzzing of unidentified flying objects, and “Close Encounters” was the nation’s handbook for contacting the bizarre brand of illegal alien.

Fox News reports that “UFO speculation surges after North Carolina lake video goes viral.”

Mostly, I never understand why these things make the news, but this one was interesting because it fits into a theory I’m working on, one that explains the things that happen on social media and other places that takes up our time with nonsense.

My theory: we’re bored. Mind-numbingly, soul-crushingly bored.

Think about it: pretty much every day, there’s quizzes, and questionnaires, and contests, and other stuff coming out, lasts a day or two, then flits off to the ether.

Any time I see these things, I ask why we need to look at it. The answer probably is here. What else is there to look at?

The best answer is people and places, to interact in meaningful ways, but we have to put the technology down first.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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