Politics used to be simple: every 2 years or so, there was something to vote about.
I'd get a vague sense of something from the news, or newspapers. I might go vote, if I was feeling particularly noble, but I was just as likely to not vote. It didn't take up a lot of my time.
Mostly, I just got on with my own shambolic, chaotic life, and did the best I could.
From the uproar of the 2016 election, and the amount of vitriol and hate spewed back and forth on the waves and the internet, I don't think that's the case for most people any more.
Is it a good thing, this sudden and deep political interest from people who didn't really care that much?
It's bad enough that whole Departments of the government aren't really functioning because they don't yet have leaders put in place by Trump...or the day to day noise ratio of chaos compared to actual work getting done continues to grow.
Worse for me is the fact that this is reflected in my thoughts on a regular and predictable basis. I wake up in the morning, shower, read a little news, and think about it in the journey in to work. I might listen to news as well and get more angry. I usually arrive at work ready to...what? Do battle?
How can that be productive? I don't think it can be.
Could this be quantified? Could we put a measure on how much of the nation's soul is being eaten up by this last election cycle and the ongoing train wreck of the Trump presidency?
What wold we even call it? Trumpsession? (Nah, sounds like Trump and Sessions had a love child.) Trumpcycle? Trumpmania? Trumpychosis?
Trumpression? Like depression, but caused by Trump? Yeah, that sounds about right. I'm definitely feelin' it.