Politics: A necessity
Politics: 1: the art of mud-slinging; 2: the practice of deceit; 3: a shrewd method of seeking government office for personal, selfish intentions in order to garner wealth that cannot be tapped by any source; 4: the dedication to robbing those who pull their weight to provide financial aid for those for whom entitlement is viewed as a birth right including high school dropouts, aliens, criminals, and millions of slackers ; 5: the art of raising billions of dollars from hard-working Americans to spread lies and false hopes through media that is best characterized as biased, profiteering, self-serving, and duplicitous. 6: characterized in ancient times as intending to protect and ensure the good life for all.
Shall I go on? Probably not, since by now you undoubtedly get my drift and understand my perspective on current politics. Talk about evolution—probably in no other process have there been such drastic adaptations as in politics. A long time ago, Aristotle and others smarter than I am, considered the definition of politics and essentially deduced that it is a relationship between the governed and those who govern. Furthermore, the ancients decided that the obligation of those who govern is to ensure “the good life” for all. Here’s how their argument went—as humans, we naturally seek to belong to a society, and so, to ensure fair relationships within said societies, there is a need for a system of government. Without government, there would be chaos where only the strongest would rule and brute force would be the power used to govern! Yikes! So, to protect us from ourselves, we need a government. Of course, in Aristotle’s day, the primary qualification for public service was virtue. It was expected that the government would be led by virtuous legislators who would pass fair and just laws to ensure the good life for everyone. What happened?? I’ll tell you what happened: Greed, laziness, and ignorance happened!
So how do we get back to a government run by virtuous legislators? Here’s my solution— Get off your duff and get involved! Aren’t those who govern also governed? From my American perspective, yes, those who govern are governed by we the governed! And, because it is we, the governed, who choose those who would govern, I agree with Aristotle’s assertion that— the better those are who are governed the better also is the government! So, although we all get tired of political adds, political debates, and false promises spewed by longwinded, gushy political candidates, politics is about the welfare of all of us! We owe it to each other to know who we are voting for and what we want from our leaders. Unfortunately, there are men and women of little virtue in all walks of life, and there are plenty of polished charlatans who are good at telling us what they think we want, so you can’t always rely on what politicians say—you need to check it out yourself! Be responsible…like it or not, you are very much a part of the political scene! If you don’t do your homework, then you deserve what you get!
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