~ I was sitting at coffee recently talking to an acquaintance of mine about the current Presidential election cycle, and people at four other tables joined our conversations,
“Donald Trump is a bozo!” said one lady
“What are you talking about? They are all bozo’s!!” said an older gentlemen
“No! Hillary is a great woman, she’s the only chance we have at continuing the legacy of President Obama!” said another
“It doesn’t matter who wins, they all end up doing whatever the machine wants them to do anyways!” chimed in a younger person
While on one hand, this year’s election cycle is one of the most unique that I can remember, there are nonetheless common trends in what all of the candidates are saying, and which have been said by politicians throughout history and throughout the world.
Politicians going back to the early 1900’s have always promised to make the country better. It is in the politician’s interest to convince the electorate that the world will only be a better place if they elect the right candidate. Do you really believe them?
Do you believe the world has been getting better over the last 100 years?
What does that even mean; “the world is getting better” or “the world is getting worse”?
How do we even quantify what a better or worse world is and how to identify the characteristics?
—) On the one hand we could say; we’ve abolished slavery throughout much of the Western World, but what good does that do for the child slaves in the Ivory Coast or the children born into North Korean concentration camps?
—) We could say that in the Western World women are no longer treated like cattle the way they used to be second class citizens in the past, but with staggering rates of depression, anxiety, mental disorders of all kinds among women (depression rates are substantively higher among women than men), it makes me wonder if we didn’t just exchange one bad thing for another.
—) We could say that there aren’t as many babies born to women who don’t want them. But the fact that most of those babies are killed in the womb, and that there are so many broken homes in which the fathers aren’t there to help raise the children, what have we really gained as a society?
It’s popular in Western Culture to believe we have progressed from the evils of past eras, but I am more and more convinced that we are merely pulling the proverbial wool over our eyes; we are seeing what we want to see…..rather than seeing the truth.
We’ve created a world where nearly everyone is connected through Facebook (except yours truly) yet people by and large feel more disconnected than ever!
The simple truth which so many of us refuse to acknowledge, is that the government can’t save us. No politician holds our salvation in their hands. No politician has the ability to make the world we live in a better place. If you believe that than I have some land in Iraq and Libya I’d like to sell you.
Politicians over the course of the last 100 years have brought tragedy and turmoil as much as they brought peace and blessings;
—) If you are an American you might think that President Bush protected our country after 9/11….but if you are a Muslim living in Iraq or a Christian living in Kurdistan you likely believe that President Bush destabilized your country at the cost of innocent lives being lost.
—) If you are an American you might think that President Obama gave the U.S. a better form of health care than what they previously had….but if you are a Muslim living in Libya or a Christian living in Syria, you likely believe that President Obama destabilized your country at the cost of innocent lives being lost.
Politics is an ugly game. It is built on a web of deception and propaganda. The people who like a particular candidate are the people who have bought into the propaganda and have turned their eyes away from the other side of the story.
It doesn’t matter who the politician is; Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, FDR, Tony Blair, Winston Churchill……..for every “good” thing people attribute to them, the other side of the coin involves a lot of injustice towards innocent people.
Modern politics is based on a simple premise; sacrifice the innocent for the good of the many. It is an ugly reality. It doesn’t matter if your candidate is a free market capitalist or a old world socialist; their agenda will inevitably sacrifice the rights of people in order to help someone else out. That is how modern politics work.
Instead of dialogue and conversation until the entire country and the entire world agrees, whoever ends up in power does what they want…..and what they want always ends up in innocent people being killed, persecuted, marginalized or disenfranchised.
The government can’t save you. As soon as we accept that reality, it will open the doors of our souls to realize that there must be something more to this life than the nonsense of modern politics.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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