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Political Shenanigans, and related musings.

September 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Politics: I love the way humans can integrate so successfully, and I love the way ideas can be “openly” discussed in order to bring about a more perfect union. I also want to tear my own ears off my skull, and tear my eyeballs out of my head whenever I am finished watching a political debate. It’s a lovely little dichotomy, eh?

For me, the issue is in the idea of “Parties.” As long as our groups tend to stick together in packs, very little real progress can happen for our nation. Rather than unite over individual issues, we Americans have this idea that faithfulness to a party is more important that making sure we get the issue solved. We’re willing to make “sacrifices” over some of our issues, in order to maintain the general momentum of the Party. For example, my parents are largely conservative, but when it comes to gay rights, they swing toward the liberal side. Individuals like this generally (I’m not saying my parents do, please leave them out of the following point) will follow and vote for the larger Party in order to push forward the majority of their ideals.

These small drops of preference eventually can distort the Party. Take this for example: Bush Jr. was a “Conservative” president. Traditionally, the Conservative Party believes in smaller government, with less restrictions on companies and individuals. Despite this, under his lead our nation expanded the government’s executive branch by nearly 30%. Over time our Grand Ole Party has turned their nose to what they want: Power.

Next on the chopping block is our lovely healthcare debate. I’m not going to fully endorse Obama’s ideas for change. He has some things right, and others wrong. However, the screaming rage coming from the right wing seems contradictory to the very nature of the demographic. The Conservative Party is an overwhelmingly Christian group. Christianity teaches that all deserve help, that everyone should lend a hand. Basically a free love ideal. However, once it comes to politics, these so called “Christians” seem to have an issue sharing a small tax amount to keep their fellow humans alive. This cognitive dissonance ought to be shocking, but it seems to have become the norm for the last few years. Religion serves you when you need love, but when it comes to letting go of some of the hard earned cash, you’re opposed. The hypocrisy stems, in my opinion, from what is by nature a selfish religion. Personal salvation is key in Christianity, as it is something for just one person, and not to be shared. God’s love is for YOU, and no one else.

In the ever so applicable words of the late George Carlin:

Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there’s an INVISIBLE MAN…LIVING IN THE SKY…who watches every thing you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever ’til the end of time…but he loves you.

The point here is that by forming parties, we sign allegiance to a group, rather than an issue at hand. Voters on both sides tend to follow the party, rather than the issue. It is this blind patriotism that makes our entire democratic process a waste. Ignore what type of animal or letter the news sites put next to the man on the TV, and vote with your logic, and your own beliefs. I don’t care if you believe in an invisible man in the sky, as long as you vote what you believe is right. Vote for you, not for the party.

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