Commentary: Does Politics=Politricks?
Is it all only about getting that vote?
Where does the term "Politricks" come from?
The term "Politricks" comes from a rapper I listen to named K-Rino. On his 2006 album, "Time Traveler", he has a song called "Politricks". In the song he talks about how the government and politicians manipulate the public into voting for them, and how we need to be aware of the tactics they use to lure us into voting for them. I personally believe this is one of the best ways to describe politics in America. In the time that I've been involved in following elections and casting my vote, I've yet to really see a politician follow through with their campaign promises. It almost seems like an elected official is a completely different person from their campaign mode. What exactly is the reason for this? Here are a few reasons that I have come up with. These are strictly my own opinions. Please read on.
Taking on more than they can handle, and loyalty to political parties.
I think this is something many politicians do. I feel some elected officials take on more than they can handle. Experience is one of the best teachers in life and in order be successful in some aspects of life, experience is required. I think that some politicians believe they can change and influence things at their own time and pace. However, when a person has to work with and compromise with others, it's a different story. The United States Congress is a prime example of this. A politician's constituents may be wanting one thing from them, but standing with their party and colleagues is a reality as well. It seems that there is more loyalty to a political party instead of the people who vote them in. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this in my opinion.
Financial aspect and campaign contributions.
I'm a firm believer that when people are putting their money in behind a politician, the politician must somewhat adhere to their blessings. I especially believe this to be true at the federal level of government. We all know that politicians receive campaign contributions from big financial entities. If big banks and corporations have politicians in their pockets, we can't expect a politician to do what is in our best interest. It's almost like some politicians are puppets, and the big banks and corporations are the puppet master. However, I don't believe this is the case with all politicians. I think presidential candidate and Congressman, Ron Paul is one of the few exceptions. I don't believe he can be controlled by corporate interests. He has never changed his views for the sake of being popular by the masses. Former Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura is another former politician that I believe this applies to. We need more politicians working for the people, and not their big financial contributors.
It's a known fact that some politicians are career politicians. Some have never had a job in the private sector, and being a Senator or Congressman is all they really know. At some point I believe career politicians stop caring about getting things done. If a politician is popular among their supporters, the chances of them winning re-election is always high. I think that some politicians know not worry too much about being re-elected. I think this arrogance leads them to believe they don't have to really work for the people who put them in office in the first place. The Congress is once again another example of this. Vice President, Joe Biden was elected as a senator for the state of Delaware in 1972. He spent 36 years in this position. Now I'm not questioning the Vice President's record when it comes to his constituents, but what does a career long politician really know about fixing an economy? Then again he must have done something right among the people of Delaware to stay in his seat that long.
Is politics really a game of manipulation?
I think it depends on on who you ask when it comes to whether politics is a game. I personally believe that it's nothing but a game of manipulation. A candidate tells us what they think we want to hear and when they get into office, they seldom follow through. I believe there are some politicians mean well, I just feel they are far and few in between. I remember back in 2007 when I was in college, I took a business course. I'll never forget what the professor told us one day in class. He said that most politicians only care about retiring with their government pensions, and sending their kids to a nice ivy league college. I'm not saying he is right or wrong, but I often keep what he said in mind when I see what happening in this country now. Tell me what you think about politics? Do you feel most politicians mean well, or is it all a game? Thanks for reading.