On Politics

Most people fall into two extremes where politics are concerned: either they couldn't care less and are sick of hearing the word months ahead of elections, or they are closely (sometimes obsessively) following anything they can about the upcoming events.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
I don't mind the occasional political diatribe and I also sometimes participate. Disturbing to me, however, is the current trend of sore losers in politics. A friend of mine wrote about seeing a bumper sticker that said "I want my country back!". He notes the false implication that there was something fraudulent that happened in the last elections, when in fact a majority (slightly over half) of Americans are the ones who chose those in office. While belonging to the slight minority, I think it's ridiculous to place so much blame on the politicians themselves, as they were chosen BY THE PEOPLE.

This isn't to say we have to agree with the policies enacted, but it does mean we need to be civil and patient with the choices others make. We can voice our opinions and debate, and soon it will be time for the next elections, where we can vote our say. That's what a democracy and a republic demands. When a voter's side loses, it doesn't mean it was a wasted vote. It simply means the other side outweighed the first side for the time being, at which point the losing side concedes (some candidates don't know when to quit, though).

Source: Justice Today
There are also plenty of uninformed voters out there that don’t understand what they did vote for and what they will vote for when electing candidates. Sure, promises made by candidates are broken or stalemated, but the responsibility belongs to the people who vote (another reason to restrict this right to those who are citizens). And when the common voter doesn’t know what he voted for, he can’t hold his candidate responsible for doing something he didn’t want.

I think recent events have done both good and bad. Take the Tea Party: it has polarized politics even more (bad), but it has also encouraged the active role we citizens should be filling (good). We just need a better system of depolarizing the issues so we can talk and compromise across political stances without getting angry and excited.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Some countries have a truly multi-party system; Israel, for example, has twelve parties represented in their Parliament of 120 people, with 21 more parties that ran last election and did not win a seat. However, this often complicates politics even further, and as we can hardly keep up with the issues of the two main parties in our country, two is enough. I like a primarily two-party system. It allows for a check and balance of policy much like the branches of the government. I don’t like the polar opposites people try to make from it. I really wish politicians would focus on the issues at hand that voters are passionate about, but politicians now generally avoid these key issues at all costs, making a superficial platform with a few shallow commitments. We need politicians that put wisdom above knowledge and selflessness above personal motivation.

Why do YOU like and/or dislike politics?
Source: JollyPeople.com

6 comments:

Scott said...

Just a quick note on my side of politics. i think that there are a couple majors problems with American politics(they are many good things still) One is that the general public tends to me very uninformed on topics and don't do the research into things to be even somewhat knowledgeable on a topic. They tend to be easily lured by what other uninformed or manipulative people tell them.

The second point is that bureaucracy has weighed things down. We have just added and added laws and haven't cleanup things up and corrected the bad things put into place thus becoming very inefficient. One example is NASA, in they beginning they ran lean and performed incredible tasks with minimal resources. Now 1 person I know that works there(cousin of my wife) receives one salary but the contracts he works for covers the salary of 2 people. Where is the waste going? NASA(an other agencies) are examples of what happens when paperwork and red tape make a job harder than it should be rather than easier.

I also know a politician who originally only wanted to be a congressman for 2 terms and be done. He found that due to the current system of career politicians, he was barely able to get his foot in the door after 2 terms and has thus stayed on longer to actually become a representative and effective voice for his constituents (Howard "Buck" McKeon).

Again this is all in my opinion and I may have over-generalized but it is a common fault, I am just trying to be sensible in my comments.

Scott said...

PS nice pics. I like the Governator(as a term and originally as a representative, at least when i voted years ago, I am not up to date on California politics)

I also like the real life vs politics comic. It is interesting to think about.

Araignée said...

Misinformation and lack of research are definitely major issues. The voter issue was my main target here, so thanks for your comment. The bureaucracy is definitely a real issue as well that I avoided for now. Both politicians (I wonder what a term limit would do?) and government agencies have too much waste.

The real life vs. politics comic is interesting to me both for the immediate point it seems to make, but also for the inverse: that sometimes it's good to be one type and sometimes the other for the everyday person as well as the politician. The main divide to me is that of morals (stay stubborn) vs. science (adapt), with a difficult grey area between them. Too many people are spineless on ethical/moral issues but stubborn on debatable policy. Intriguing, but perhaps too much to analyse here.

Scott said...

Just read a decent article from Mitt Romney. the 2nd paragraph does a much better job addressing the inefficiencies then I tried to described.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/02/AR2010110205271.html

Araignée said...

Wow, Mitt Romney produces decent articles? Thanks for sharing. I don't like Romney too much, but the article I do mostly agree with.

Sam, The Nanti-SARRMM said...

I agree. It is the polarization that is bad, and how people are impatient with the lack of results.

Cause that is how I see it; people are angry at health care reform, but most don't know what's in it. People are angry about the bailouts, but many don't know they started under Bush.

And many people are impatient for results because they don't see them yet. Which is why I think is a reason a lot of Democrats were voted out. Cause jobs are where they are, cause the economy is where it is at. But truthfully, neither side had better ideas.

So I guess that is why I get a little frustrated with the latest election; because it seems people are voting on their impatience with the situation than because Obama and Congress may not be doing anything. And because of the over-polarization of politics that puts people with opposing view points at each others throats.

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