Saturday, March 27, 2010
Why I Don't Like Your Politics
Why don't I like your politics? It's not that the side you're on is wrong. It's the fact that you're mislead by your party. Am I talking to Democrats or to Republicans? The answer is yes.
The political system that I was born into in 1982 is very different from this ideal. I live in an America where popular rhetoric and propaganda points not to treason or massacre as the worst crime that can be committed on American soil, but not voting in elections. I can crack jokes about killing people in a crowded room and a small percentage of people will find the joke tasteless, but any suggestion that people shouldn't worry about voting is enough to clear a room. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. Throw together your best argument for murder and your best argument for not voting and survey the reactions of the people you are surrounded by.
Americans are all born with the same power, the power to determine what the country will become, but we're raised to forfeit that power. We forfeit that power through voting. I'm not saying that the popular vote or the electoral college are an evil in and of themselves (regardless of how much I might feel that they are at times). What I'm saying is that people are no longer using their power to make change in this nation. People are doing whatever they can to get rid of this power, and the easiest way to do this is to fill out a ballot every four years. By trusting in our elected officials to do everything for us, we divest ourselves of power, building up a system that we are no longer capable of controlling, a system that only tangentially benefits us, a system that is more of a spectator sport than a government for the people and by the people. A random lottery for president in today's political climate would be a disaster for hundreds of reasons, but mostly because whoever is chosen has already decided to deny him or herself of any power or responsibility for this nation.
Do you want to make fun of George W. Bush or Barack Obama all day? Of course you do. I do too. The difference between you and me is that I make fun of them knowing that each of these individuals has devoted his life to protecting liberty and promoting the greater good. But that's only two out of 300,000,000. The rest are busy making sure these two men are responsible for everything that is wrong with their lives. The difference between you and me is that when I make fun of the president I understand that its Justin Tiemeyer, not Barack Obama, who is responsible for (and who has the power to end) the ills of Justin Tiemeyer's world.
That is why I don't like your politics.