- Politics and Social Issues
The Truth About Politics
Who did you vote for?
Why People Care About Politics, And Why I Do Not
Generally people care about politics because they sincerely believe that it is there duty as a citizen of a country to vote for the person who best represents their opinions, views, and policies of choice. But you can see from the election results, that only more than a third of the U.S. population actually went out to vote. Many people are beginning to see how consistently politicians make empty promises, and how quickly they seem to succumb to corruption, and how desperately they attempt to hide their folly with a kind of euphemistic and vague language that releases them from making decisions which go against the status quo. Many people see politics as a bit of a joke. I am among those people, to me, politics is a theatrical puppet show, designed to distract people from the issues of most pressing importance. I genuinely believe that it doesn't matter who wins an election, either puppet will be controlled by the same hands, and so it is that I believe in personal responsibility, rather than leadership.
George Carlin's View
Some people think that the Federal Reserve Banks are United States Government institutions. They are private monopolies which prey upon the people of these United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lenders.— The Honorable Louis McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee in the 1930s
The plain and simple truth is that america was bought and sold long ago. We are in debt to numerous organizations, and nations, including our own federal government. If you haven't yet heard, you may want to research into the fact that the federal reserve is not federal, nor a reserve.
Our congress is practically owned by the many industries which spend millions of dollars on lobbying every year. These industries include pharmaceuticals, forestry, food, fossil fuels, and more. The truth is that we elect representatives who go on to represent the wealthiest of organizations, not the american people. That's why we're so obese, have stagnating and declining wages, and why our infrastructure is crumbling under our feet. Politicians have been unable to solve these problems for nearly a hundred years, and the more we legitimize the system through our votes, we are consenting to this backwards system which has done very little good, and a lot of bad.
I'm going to keep this article brief, because really I want to strike people's curiosity, get them thinking and asking questions, and researching for themselves.
You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.— Edgar D. Mitchell
Pale Blue Dot
"That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
[...] To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."