Topic: Why I tire of politics
The number one problem in America isn't the economy, it isn't the President, it isn't Congress, it isn't the Fat Cats, or the corrupt politicians, or corporations making backroom deals.
It's the citizens.
Not only has America reached an all-time low in terms of economic and political standing, but we've reached an all-time low in political enthusiasm. We're a nation plagued by ignorance and apathy: we don't know things, and we don't care that we don't know things. Too many voters are content to go to the booths and simply check names they recognize based primarily on how much advertising has been crammed down their throats. As far as our culture goes, I'd say we have a knack for deep-throating.
1984 seems to be a goddamned prophecy because we've allowed ourselves to become engulfed in Brave New World. The invention of the Internet gave us so much potential with the rapid sharing of information, but we've become drunk on distractions. We let ourselves be ruled by images without reading the fine print and we gorge ourselves in frivolities like social networking, and irrelevant "news". We've become more interested in Kim Kardashian's wedding than the policy standards of our local congresspeople. "Friday" has more attention than space exploration.
Essentially, we are living in an age where the original idea of the United States is being taken for granted. We give up our freedoms for the sake of convenience. "Fine whatever, I'll go through the body scanner. As long as I can grab lunch before I catch my flight". The voting process is a joke as there is no semblance of competition, each candidate is carefully constructed to represent the most appealing visage of bullshit - electability. Political parties are only just helping to tear the nation asunder. We use words like "Republican" and "Democrat" and "Liberal" and "Conservative" as barriers to avoid political discourse. We allow these encompassing terms to narrow our views and dull our convictions for the sake of leaving no room to consider other options, and force ourselves into a fight for false ideals.
So when I see shit about a greater disparity in finances and fiscal classes, personal liberties being sold off one at a time. I blame no one but the people who let it happen; the people who won't take the initiative to become interested in their own political well-being; the people who can't see beyond their own wants to understand the needs of the many.
I am aware. All too aware... That most people are sheep. But that isn't an excuse. There are enough of us out there, People with the capability to see through the veil of idiocy. (it isn't that well hidden afterall) We are to blame twice as much as anyone else, we follow their rules and hope to win how? By accumulating enough wealth to not have to deal with social issues anymore? By camping out in city squares and holding picket signs?
There is no way to stop corruption and stupidity. But you can limit it. Educate yourself and those around you on what goes on in government. Be frustrated, because it is worth the hassle.