Politics work to 'regulate
Politics is useless. That's right, all
you C-SPAN junkies, someone finally said it. Politics has been a mainstay
in American culture since
the whole thing began.
Evidently the Constitution gives us a right
to participate in political affairs, so maybe that's why politics seems
to be everywhere. Maybe
C-SPAN is like the great-granddaddy of
reality shows and that's why people watch.
Think about every time you've gone to vote.
Have you ever completely believed wholeheartedly in what your candidate
had to say?
Probably not. So all this business of
politics for the people is pretty much trash. In the political system one
usually is forced to choose
the lesser of two evils.
Politics to change people's opinions is
also flawed. Al Gore could give me reasons to support abortion all day
long and I still wouldn't
agree with it. Come to think of it, I
can't remember when a politician has influenced any thought in my head
at all. I think most of you
could say the same. The political system
tries to regulate humanity, and it is very effective at this. It does very
little, however, to change
people's minds when that's what really
All politics does is give people a party
to align with. It gives people a way to identify each other, much in the
same way people are
turned off by a Republican or Democratic
bumper sticker. A political party helps to contribute to our social identities,
and not much
The political system gives no way for a
person to be bipartisan or to have mixed beliefs on issues such as abortion
and the death
penalty. It's all or nothing, so people
are forced to pick their battles. Which issue is more important: the death
penalty or a tax cut? You
can't have it both ways.
Many think the establishment of new political
parties will solve this problem, but isn't that like trying to put out
a fire with gasoline? I
know — since we don't like political parties,
we'll create more of them. Maybe instead we should think of politics in
a different light?
Maybe there's no way to get around the
fact that you vote for a platform and not for the issues you really believe
So people do their best and vote the way
their consciences, their minds or their beliefs tell them to, and hope
for the best outcome. So
regulate, regulate and regulate and regulate
some more, politicians. Keep making policies that only some of your constituency
with. Keep running on broad tickets that
don't really reflect anyone's personal beliefs. Keep on keeping on and
we'll see if politics and
politicians change anything.