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Politics of Right and Wrong
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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.
How many other people do you get to vote?
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
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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.
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?
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.
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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