Monday, June 9, 2008

Politics as Usual

I finally figured out through this thick skull of mine why I am both intrigued and repulsed by our American system of government. Politics (the politics of today, that is) is not philosophy. Politics is not rational debate. Plato's Philosopher Kings and Lisa Simpson's MENSA-led geniocracy (okay, that Rael guy said it too) will have to wait.

Politics is a lot like pop music, of the American Idol variety. It's generic, catchy for about a week, but ultimately trite and meaningless. Politics is ad hominem attacks and the guilt by association du jour. Politics is less about issues and a government for the people and more about image and a means to stay in power.

Many voters of America will judge Obama by his fans/friends and McCain by his own, no matter how obnoxious each ones are. Some will judge out of image - either to create a zeitgeist or to prevent an assumed eschatology. A minute minority (hopefully at largest) will believe the emails and act accordingly. Few will follow the issues through, wait for the debates, and synthesize several conclusions.

Sadly, this has been the cycle of my lifetime, and possibly throughout the civilized era of human history.

Chicks and dudes, this totally blows. I want more.

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2 comments:

  1. Politics, like anything or any organization are only as good as the people within them.

    Like a Montessori school. Maria Montessori's ideal is only as good as the teachers / directors allow it to be.

    I think the best we can do is tend our own garden and make the changes we can to better the world in our own way. i.e. the olde "Charity begins at home," adage.

    That's wot i think. :)

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  2. Chicks and dudes, this totally blows. I want more.

    Heh.

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