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Politics of Right and Wrong

Updated on June 17, 2014

We even elect the folks who appoint and approve Supreme Court Justices

Everything starts and ends with us.
Everything starts and ends with us. | Source

Politicians and Power

Right and wrong to a politician is in first order what got her elected and what will get her re-elected. Just face that fact. You are what the politicians' decisions are based upon. Of course right and wrong in the second order is a moral and logical issue of doing the right thing.

Here the people elect the politicians. So politicians do what they think you want them to do. You! Yes you are to blame for rotten politicians. Many people want to argue against this by coming up with reasons that this is not true. That way they can sleep better because it is the politicians fault and not their own.

But it does not need to be that way. Everything in life is better if we give a bit of ourselves to it. Politics is not different. We can contribute and make differences. The bad news here is that now and then we must own what is going on. We must accept some responsibility and it seems that we more and more do not want to do that. What is the personal reasons for such behavior?

Let us examine our arguments.

Vote?

How many other people do you get to vote?

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2 voting disclaimers.

"I did not vote" and "I did not vote for _____" are typical cop out statements. The first is obvious, if you don't vote then do not complain about your government. The lameness of claiming that it does not matter is obvious. The conspiracy wackos who claim that voting is all rigged have over 225 good reasons arguing against them. (as in years that it has worked). In the case of government you must have "skin in the game" in order to participate in the debate. Normally everyone has that skin if they chose to employ it -- it is called a vote.

The second one is just as lame when you really think about it. If you believe in something really then you should be getting others to agree with you. This modern day theory of live and let live goes way to far. It takes us to the brink of "I do not care". A belief not shared is but a thought of fancy. A theory not tested by discussion with others is a day dream. So if you sit there and curse the politician because you did not vote for him but you failed to get others to vote for your politician then that is on you. Chances are better than not that if you did get others to vote, then you look at issues rather than people.And that is good on you.

You hold the power of one

Incredible and worth reading about.

Money

Politicians with the most money most often win. That is just a natural fact. And then so many leave it at that and rant against the huge political "machines". They fail to see where the money goes and why the money makes politicians win. It goes to ads. Ads are not magical. Ads are geared to make you think a certain way. Negative or positive is generally irrelevant because different ads work different ways on different people.

Huge amounts of money go into ads for politicians. But it all boils down to the fact that is how most people determine which politician to vote for at any given time. That problem my friends is on you. What you get out of that TV determines how you vote because you buy what the ads are selling.

Now combine that issue with the issue that in fact most political debate is adjusted and justified by what comes through on those ads. That then becomes scary and that then becomes your basis for being a Democrat or Republican. So who is to blame for that?

Most political campaigns seem a little foggy at best. Well that is because we are.

This tree grew from a mustard seed. Strong and straight because there was never a doubt as to what it would be.
This tree grew from a mustard seed. Strong and straight because there was never a doubt as to what it would be. | Source

One bottom line

One thing is certain. Each of us can influence others but that takes a lot of effort. And it takes little to know* effort to "armchair quarterback" the people that we blame for our bad situations or situations that we find disturbing. It is so easy not to participate in the election and then participate in the blame game. You see that way the picture of the lazy American is fulfilled. Do nothing to prevent harm and then complain about the harm.


*yes that trick of spelling was intentional as what is worse "little to no" effort or "little to know" attitude.

You gave him the hose and now you complain that he sprays you?

This guy has a right to complain, he did not elect his parents.
This guy has a right to complain, he did not elect his parents. | Source

Local Politics

We give too much short shrift to our local politicians. Many of these positions are strictly volunteer and anyone can do them because there are not enough people to even fill the commissions and boards that are out there. And even the elected position campaigns can be run on high energy and low budget.

Exponential

We may just see these seats of political positions as contributing in the micro factor of the given positions. That would be wrong. Each person given a microphone and a title carries weight on even international issues. They have become official and as such their positions and perspective carry more weight. And they become trusted or not trusted and this is a great source for many people forming opinions that turn into larger voting blocks.

You see once you get involved then you influence others. Now your power of one become the possibility of the power of ???? - well whatever you make of it. In fact "making the news" is better than 10 ads of the same length.

Another bottom line

There is one fellow who watches the news and complains and gets all grouchy over the lousy politicians. There is another fellow who actually walks precincts for his local cause and politician (or he is one). The second has developed a manner of being that is upbeat and somewhat charismatic.

Now which one do you want to go to the park with or have a dinner with on Friday? Which one would you like to have as a father or husband?

We cannot delude ourselves into thinking that we are not social and political animals. We just are and so it is our choice what kind we will be. Are we going to be a part of the solution or a cause of the problem?

I'll report and you decide ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thank you for this great message on personal responsibility. If we do not exercise our freedom to choose, it is foolish to vent on who gets chosen. Never underestimate the power of one to influence a different outcome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying to believe that politics isn't so corrupted as to be out of reach...I really want to believe that....help me to believe that, Eric. :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, our political campaigning and voting system differs from the USA. Here voting is compulsory and we are fined for not voting(unless we can give a good reason). We also don't have individuals running against each other for selection to run as leader like you do for president. We get to only vote for a politician who stands for each party in our division. The parties select their leaders(the people have no say in that) and the leader of the winning party becomes Prime Minister. We do get to vote for individuals to stand in the senate however. The amount of money a person/party raises doesn't have as much effect here, although the outcome of the last election was basically controlled and manipulated by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited media bias towards one party, and unfortunately most people believe everything they read.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora we have obligations as writers to keep this attitude. Thanks for visiting today.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill BELIEVE, I am in between primary and general for a man who just said, let us do it! No backing just hard core door to door in the second largest city in San Diego County (city council seat) By golly it works.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I think our two systems show that it is really about the people giving a good damn about it and participating. We are the chosen few to write about it and make a difference.

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      Eric, even though I agree with you that every American citizen is obligate to vote or shut up complaining, I would however disagree that voting or the lack there of is the problem with politics. I refer you to a case here in Tennessee: A bill was brought up to the representatives to basically somewhat make the already Supreme Law of the Land the law. The subject was to make it legal to carry open or concealed firearms without permit or permission from the State. The bill was passed on the floor with a unanimous vote. Our governor was very vocal about being against the bill, so after the bill was passed despite the fact this bill had no actual cost to the State, was sent to a financial comity to determine the implicated cost of the bills induction into law. The comity held the bill beyond the allotted time period they were to have the bill and the rules required the bill be squashed. The poor people of our State have been voting against this governor for years but the less populate upper-class continue to over ride the need and desire of the majority. Look at Obama, after screwing up America the first for years there is no way you can tell me people still voted for this man the second time. I mean not very many of his promises have come true but we are to believe we gave him another chance to mess our country up even more? Voting does not

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hoped that I had emphasized that involvement was paramount and individual leadership was critical along with voting.

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      From my experience the ones who can change the laws even if they are good and support upholding our constitution, like us they are faced with the ignorance of the American people and the authorities who do not have to answer fro their actions. For example: The 2nd amendment states we the people have a God given right to have and bear arms, while the legislation has passed laws contradicting this. Laws which state if you are a felon, or convicted of domestic violence you lose your 2nd amendment right, but no where does the constitution state that for any reason your rights can be taken from you. Still people sit by and let this happen and reps can not fix it even when they see the wrong. Another example is being forced to have and provide a driver's license. Despite that Supreme Court has validated that travel is a God given right and that the government can not tax or give permission per license for one to exercise their rights, still people are forced to get them and put up with tickets and fines and being pulled over. No, still the reps can not fix this. I have tried and tried to get the Reps in our area to force the government to abide by the constitution but even they say they can not make the government do what is right. The only way we will ever be a Constitutional Republic again is for the people to take up arms and stand against the government. No vote will ever get it right.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excuse me for asking but what position have you ever run for and been elected to? You are complaining up the chain and not across it. How many petitions have you gotten signed or how many signatures have you gotten?

      Taking up arms against my country would make you an enemy of mine.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Eric I am with Bill on this one. Oh yes I have tried to get a local person to run and voted for him and all that. You see he was too nice and wanted a good change and it wasn't about money. He pounded the pavement and actually went door to door in our community to get himself known and some votes.........but he lost, because he was too honest and wanted good things for the community. What does that ell you abut today's politics? It tells me they are all out for money and that is all.

      I was appointed to an office in my HOA, actually it was neighborhood watch and was that for 10 years. I was for protecting the citizens of my neighborhood but some on the board wanted to aid in the destruction of the law of the county and aid those who were outright ignoring the law of our very own community and so they fired me from a volunteer position. They slandered me and called me a liar...not in so many words. BUT......you know what......things are turning around. all the warnings that I gave and the destruction that I saw and reported are coming back to haunt those people.

      What does tht tell me and all of you...what goes around comes around weather you are self responsible or not, because it will open your eyes to being self responsible. I was fired... so they cannot blame me anymore...and I do not want to have anything to do with them. I still report things to the police. I still hold others accountable for their thoughts and actions.

      Now this was on a community level, but what people do not realize is the community level is how they start and it goes on up to the Presidency. Just like raising children...if you let them be bad when they are infants and toddlers they will become that way when they grow up and guess what mess that will be in your future.....

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady I was captain of a basketball team once. We lost our first 3 games. That year we won the state championship. Two bad examples do not defeat my belief.

      It is possible that people just do not have the electability factor.

      When we stop trying we start dying.

      I believe Bill will run or get on a board this year.

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      Eric,

      As a vet of the United States armed forces it is a shame that because I like many others are willing to take up arms against the government. I believe you mistake our country for our government. What once was our government when we were a constitutional republic is no longer the case. My friend it is an us against them situation that is if you value your freedom and believe in every word of the Bill of Rights instituted by our forefathers. As to position I have held sir I have personally with my own hands held a weapon for the government taking lives simply because the government does not like how those people believe and live, to later have my right infringed by the very same government. So I ask you sir, how much blood have you caused in the name of freedom.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      None. You do not get to frame the issue. Civilians run our military and I have been on the policy end of deciding where grunts like you go. Not by decision but by ground human intelligence.

      Deal with it, a gun against my nation is treason and sedition.

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      According to our forefathers your thinking make you a communist and they have your country waiting it is called Russia. It sickens me that people like you who can go through life riding on the backs of the hard working people of this county. What make you think you have the right to talk down on me let alone anyone else? Let me educate you a moment, I am currently in college working towards a B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science. Might I add that I am am raising my five children all the while I carry a 4.0 GPA. When I obtain my B. A. I intend on continuing my academics by attaining a Law degree. I do it all while wearing camo and prepared to uphold the oath I along with every other soldier in the armed forces to defend our Constitution from terrorist both foreign and domestic. Anyone who supports the unconstitutional laws enforced by law enforcement today are the ones which are traitors. Not the people willing to stand up and fight a communistic government. If that makes me a grunt so be it. But I am sure every soldier in America would enjoy two minutes alone in a room with you and all like you. Instead of thanking us for our service and supporting the one thing we fight for you choose to call us grunts. Thank you sir have a great day.

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      That is cute, you leave my comment off just so you look as if you won. lol

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Stephen for your comments, for some reason your earlier comment got labeled as spam -- I corrected it and appreciate your rant and degrading of me. From the largest most powerful military city in the world, Eric

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      Stephen P, Ferguson Jr. 3 years ago from Parrottsville, Tennessee

      Eric I apologize if you took it as degrading you, that truly was not my intention. Even though I believe claiming you made decisions to determine where grunts like me go was a bit more insulting. My point is I agree with you that not enough people take part in controlling our government by votes or by way of communicating with legislation, but really what good does it do? When the president all the way down to the police do not up hold or support the US Constitution, blatantly disregarding and twisting the Bill of Rights to suite them selves. Even when the people vote the government relies on the electoral college vote to always sway thing in their favor. You said It would be treason to take up arms against the government. I say the Forth Amendment give's the people not only the power but the God given right to take up arms against the government if and when the government turns on the people and the Constitution. I know not what else to call it when to police are attacking the people, robbing and raping them for every penny they can get, when every department of the government is becoming more and more militarized from Homeland Security to even the Board of Education. Our country is supposed to be a Republic of the Constitution, our government has become a tyrannical force against the people. I am sorry but voting is just a little bit to late to help now. After the people of this once great nation have allowed Obama to basically rip our Constitution into pieces and rewire America, every president from here on out will continue to do so until we become a country ran by one dictator. I do not see this being to far off either.

      Sir I understand you feeling about taking up arms again t your own country, however there are two ways to deal with things in the world. First the pen, second the gun. I can promise you throughout history every great change that has been made with a pen, there has been people chipping away at it just like our Constitution until that great change is no longer effective. Prior to every great change with a pen was first the blood shed of war. Believe me when I say the only way to take back our God given rights is to bring forth a civil war and return the government back to what our forefathers bled so much to achieve.

      Aside from the laws our Father in heaven sent down for us to live, there are a few basic human rights our forefather acknowledged. Those are the first 12 amendments, it is very clear that with a pen and several years the government has all but came short of destroying those rights by passing laws against those rights. Now that the dog has the steak I believe you would be wasting you time trying to take it away from him.

      I am wondering was your last statement saying that you are from the largest military city in the world? Just curious.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes, this is "fighter town USA" (Spring Valley is a small suburb)

      I will stand by the notions of Plato's Republic on citizen duty.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello Eric - Wow! Hard to anticipate how people will react...and why so vehemently and antagonistically? Appreciate what you wrote. Glad someone has the time, intelligence and energy to go back and forth with others. It is too much for me, or I get too involved or too angry. Of course, I do similar things in the classroom when trying to talk students back away from destructive political fringe ideas. Take care. Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Theresa, it is good to hear from you. I hope you are getting a summer break.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I only teach two classes in the summer (mon and Wed only, the income allows me to tackle a major project each fall: new rook one year, removing a huge dead tree, helping one of my sons... but every week I have a four day weekend which is pretty cool!! :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I certainly hope that means the lake house is getting your relaxation devotion!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      Eric I can agree with almost all that you say. It is so true that in any country such as your's and mine (UK) with free speech and free elections, the Government IS ultimately the people. I once wrote a predominantly light-hearted hub of politicians' quotes and one I pluck from there:

      'Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country' - Franklin D. Roosevelt

      It is easy to blame politicians for the mistakes and failings of the nation and to accuse them of corrupt practice, but most enter that field for idealistic reasons, not for money or power, and the way they subsequently behave in power in merely a reflection of what we the people demand of them, and of our own values. Yes, as you indicate, money helps gain publicity, but it does not buy crosses on a piece of paper. Ultimately that is down to the people who vote. No one can blame corruption or multinationals or anybody else for that.

      One slight issue - our system is similar to Jodah's in Australia, but unlike in Australia voting is not compulsory here in the UK, and nor I think should it be. Whilst I can agree that everyone should get involved in politics to some extent, I do believe that a vote in ignorance is a wasted vote. Those who genuinely cannot decide or have no interest should not be obliged to vote, or condemned - it is I think as much a human right Not to vote as a right TO vote.

      However, of course it is the views of one other commenter which rather shock. Without wishing to introduce the subject of religion, the notion that the right to drive, or the right to bear arms are 'God given' makes me smile - 'rights' such as these are determined by laws and judgements passed by people, whether written down in the Constitution or passed by Federal Government - as such they are people-given rights and it is for the people to determine through elections, campaigns, petitions, debates etc if they should change - all the more reason for the people to become involved in politics, to ensure that radical extremists who usually shout the loudest do not hold sway.

      Oh and at one point in the comments section it is alleged your thinking brands you 'a communist'! If that is so then I sadly have to inform that the communists have won, because I am sure the great majority of right-thinking people think this way:) But it is of course, not communism in any way shape or form - it is reasoned common sense. Voted up. Alun

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Alun for a great and well reasoned comment. Truly we are all responsible for "the way things are". Personal acceptance of responsibility is a duty we all owe.

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