[Best if read while playing this video]
The interesting reason why many voters continually feel betrayed by their own poor choices in government is because most people instinctively are not looking for the right answers, they are looking for confirmation that their feelings about their party is right. If you only hang on the words stated by members of your party then you are part of the problem.
It seems America can’t even pay it’s bills without robbing Peter to pay Paul. And the best we can do is write sternly worded letters about our dissatisfaction to a group of individuals who are too busy voting for their own next salary increases to read it. These people are put into office by majority vote; a majority that likely didn’t bother to read the bio’s beyond their party affiliation before making a decision. Research? What is that?! We like keepin’ it real!
The very definition of “politics” is infused with words of manipulation of one’s beliefs. It is the process of getting someone to follow you willingly through a series of convincing arguments, even if none of it is true. It is no wonder why the word “politics” is only ever used in a negative context, and yet is the foundation of everything the government hopes to accomplish. Is it really so surprising to anyone that I just can’t bring myself to care whenever someone wants to strike up a meaningless debate about who was more wrong?
Ask any politician a yes or no question and wait for the 15 minute monologue that has nothing to do with the question. Is that really the type of person you’d give the keys to your house? So why on God’s green Earth do we unlock the treasures of an entire nation to a group of people who are more concerned about their public message than simply doing their jobs?
Last time I checked these representatives were voted into office to make the tough choices, not wait for public opinion to steer them into winning a reelection. And I am supposed to make sense of that circus, take it seriously, and treat it like it’s something I have the power to change? No. The end result of all that back and forth bloodshed is something that is completely random; yes random. For all of the political banter at the bars that rage on, it means nothing because we’d likely be where we are today if we chose our leaders on a lottery system and paid them an honest wage with honest benefits in line with the rest of America. Who knows, we might even be in a better place if congress was more like jury duty than another day at the office. We’ll never never know because we’d rather let them circle our nation’s future like vultures on a hot day than accept that change is never going to directly benefit everyone. Every vote in congress is not going to add up to more money in our pockets; it’s naive to just keep going back to the well or play the blame game without any results.
Break time; I simply replaced these characters with congress members. It strangely holds up.
Okay, now moving on…
Am I Republican? Democrat? Heck if I know; maybe Independent, whatever that means. I sometimes have to hold job interviews and my non-technical questions are always deceptive softballs. I listen to a person’s achievements, contributions, and their failures. If they claim to have no failures or challenges then I assume they’ve done nothing good either. I expect the same level of honesty in anyone applying for the keys to Washington. Unfortunately the definition of “politics” forbids an honest answer.
I don’t talk party affiliations because I have none and frankly it shouldn’t matter. If people picked their representatives more like a job interview then they may surprise themselves in the choices they make. Whatever your future political choices may be, leave your alliances with your favorite football team, at least if they lose the game it’s not going to force you into foreclosure of your home or discontinuing your government benefits because parties are playing Chicken in the streets of Washington.
[For the kiddies who don't know about Chicken]
And yes, this game always ends the same.
So why don’t I care about politics? Because clearly no one else cares enough to research their decisions, and sorry but 1 person can’t make a difference. You don’t make the world a better place just because you voted, you make it better by making the right choices. Given that voting is a test with almost no correct answers, most people fail gloriously. I care enough not to care, which I feel is slightly above sabatoge.
Finally, to wrap up my thoughts on politics and why I don’t get involved, I leave you with these words to ponder over as you watch the highlights of the Congressional meetings:
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain