posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 06:08 PM
No, it is definitely not just you, as I too cannot stand career politicians, or the majority of politicians in general. My reasoning goes like this:
your average, everyday person who in mentally healthy does not seek to gain power over others to such a large extent. Ambitions is one thing, but I
just feel that to purposefully seek the kind of power politicians have means that they are not "normal" individuals. There are legitimate
politicians who really do care, and who seek office to make a difference, but I feel they are a rare commodity in the United States, if not the
These people will do almost anything to get elected, including lying to the people. That is what tells me that they are not actually seeking office
with noble intent. And one would think that someone would run for office so they could represent the people they care about, those in their own
community or area, but like you've brought up in this thread, ANY location will do. They just want the power most of the time, and they don't care
where it comes from. Often time there is truth in stereotypes, and there is something to the fact that the term "crooked politicians" actually
exists on such a large scale.
I mean isn't it evidence enough that politicians often times do not even know what they are voting for? It has been proven that often times they do
not even read the bills they are voting on, and if they do read them, it may be only in part. There are so many things wrong with the US political
system, and some of these problems stem from the fact that the politicians are the ones who create the laws, and they are not likely to pass laws that
would work against themselves.
There have been threads recently on the militarization of so many non law enforcement agencies within the government of the United States, and the
reason for this is that any agency, just like any politician, or at least on average, seeks to gain more power for themselves. Politicians should have
plenty of oversight from people who are not invested with them in any way, and who are free from being lobbied by anyone or any organization. There is
too much corruption in politics, and in the end this hurts the country, which is made up of the citizenry.
The government is not the country, rather it is an organization that is set up to protect the rights of the people, and to be an avenue for running
the country on a day to day basis. We want people running the government who will look out for the people, but too much of the time those running
things are looking out for themselves first and foremost, which is the same as looking out for special interest groups which scratch the back of that
particular politician. I think a 3rd grader could understand the most basic problems within our political system, which tells me that the problems are
known...They just are not being fixed, because the politicians make the laws.
Sort of like how Congress can vote to raise its salary. Should that really be allowed? That is how our government runs in multiple instances. The
system of checks and balances is virtually useless in many respects, because of corruption. It takes specific qualities to do the right thing and
enact change for the good of humanity, and I do not feel that those who purposefully lie to seek power are capable of such actions...
Anyway, back to what you were saying, I agree that politicians should only be allowed to run for a certain geographical area, which is based on where
they have spent a certain amount of time. It takes living in a place and talking to the people, and experiencing things for yourself, to grasp what is
going on well enough to represent the people of that area, so a person should be required to spend something like 5 years in a specific area before
they can run to represent that area in government. The requirements for Federal office could be based upon prior experience in lower levels of
government or something as well, but a system would have to be worked out to ensure the least amount of corruption. It would take a lot of work in my
opinion, but a system could be enacted that eliminated a lot of these negative points.