The phone just ran again and I was just advised again about the “crisis” involving the second amendment. After being advised by both a live operator AND a recorded message, I was asked to make a “contribution” at the end of this oration. A few thoughts, if I may..
I’ve noticed a lot of “crisis” of late, “crisis” that appear to ONLY be able to be solved or rectified with.. My money. I am also of the belief that EVERYONE involved on BOTH sides of the political ledger LOVE the idea of a good “crisis”. Nothing like a good “crisis” to get your particular constituents to open their wallets for the “cause”..
The idea of the “crisis”, real or imaginary, has become a political tool used to raise money. Washington has become a cesspool of monetary leeches from lobbyists to all sorts of fundraisers for the “cause”, fill in the blank as to the “cause du jour”..
The “cause”, the “crisis”, is a cash register utilized by both of the political extremes. The fact that today, the alleged “differences” between the two political extremes is now “wider than ever”, this makes the money-raising landscape extremely fertile for all parties involved. The bottom line is that the conservative “cause-ers” love the liberal left and the liberal left “causes-ers” love the conservative right. If we “all got along”, if we all had “common goals” as a nation, (like we used to) these fundraisers would have a much more difficult time amping up current events for personal profit.
Both right and left utilize the “cause” in the exact same manner. A necessary “hysteria”, an “urgency” must be afloat and these problems can ONLY be effectively countered with a gathering of our money.
I would suppose that if you believe in your “cause” deeply enough, you would be willing to do it for free. If your “cause” is strong enough, my money shouldn’t be necessary in order to prop up your personal involvement.. The OBVIOUS benefits to the ENTIRE nation should be enough for the “cause” to be accepted by the majority of the nation’s inhabitants, making the existence of the “fund raisers” moot..
Once the majority truly stands behind a “cause”, have no fear, the nation’s politicians would register the trajectory using the weather vanes that are attached to their “political beliefs”. Regardless of the direction of the prevailing winds, the political animals would fall right in line if their polls would tell them that the majority of Americans believe in something..
They (almost all parties involved) believe in the “cause” because: there is a PROFIT to be made..
The more hysteria that can be created, real or imaginary, the greater the PROFIT potential for those “fighting” for the cause against the enemy..
Hold on a moment.. Stop traffic..
The power of opinion ensconced in FACT should empower the advancement of the “cause” far beyond the need to acquire money from those that agree with the “cause”.
Why do I need to monetarily contribute to some faceless organization? I thought that I was supposed to have someone around already who is supposed to be expressing my opinion for me. Why do we elect representatives to go to Washington if they aren’t going to speak for us? What is it about the city limits of Washington that once someone crosses its threshold, a convenient sort of political amnesia strikes them?
When these politicians are “running” for the office that they seek, our “opinions” are allegedly of great value to them. We always see carefully staged photo ops with “John Q. Public”, our political office seeker always finds hayseed eating establishments, rustic fairs and get-togethers, which afford our erstwhile public servant ample opportunity to appear to be receptive to our opinions.. Kiss a baby or two..
Once our office seeker wins office, once the votes have been carefully tabulated and secured, our “representative” becomes inexplicably deaf to our concerns. For some strange reason, from this moment onward, in order for our concerns to be voiced to someone who once said that they believed in our beliefs, a bevy of “lobbyists” and “political action committees” need to be sufficiently moneyed and staffed..
Unfortunately, the inherent apathy and ambivalence of the American “public” aids in the necessity and the frequency of these “money gatherers”. This leads to the ridiculously repetitive reinforcement of the “causes’” message by its adherents as well as the counter argument by the “causes’” adversaries. Once the idea of common sense was cashiered here in America, the existence of all of these remunerated mouthpieces became “necessary”.
Since our political representatives are deaf to our concerns, a vacuum has been created and as long as we “contribute”, we will find someone who will be able to “speak to those in power” and again we will have our opinions heard.. As promised.. During the campaign..
Here is an idea: try holding those who have been elected to office accountable for their actions and their non-actions once they come up for reelection. This would require a modicum of effort on the part of the voters (the fifty or so percent who manage to show up at any given election) to be “informed” about the proper placement of their vote.
Again, if “politics” weren’t so important to us as a whole, the side show circus that it actually is would be incredibly humorous. BUT, and this is a VERY important “but”, they are “playing” with trillions and trillions of OUR dollars, (real or imaginary in the case of OWEbama) and yet this ISN’T important enough for a majority to both “show up” and to vote..
When a larger number of people vote for the winner of something as inane as the “American Idol” as opposed to the presidency of the United States, we have to conclude that the paradigm of common sense has been knocked of its axis. Politics may appear to be nothing more than a form of idiotic entertainment not unlike the “American Idol” to those who are directly affected, but regardless of the “soap opera” appearance and sound of the histrionics of the participants, politics is a deadly serious game.
Would more people consider voting if the candidates running for office had to either sing or dance for your vote? Would having some idiotic panel of talentless “judges” passing judgements to a chorus of either boos or cheers from an audience help you? How about an “900” number for you to call in, you won’t have to leave the comfort of your couch.. After all, you can vote for the “Idol” as many times as you can afford to with a convenient “900” number.. Again, a profit to be made..
How can you afford NOT to vote but ONCE for your “elected officials” since your vote is free to cast and the effects of voting or not voting are anything but FREE?