There is a trend I've seen lately on ATS and with this recent election coverage, the country as a whole. The idea that there aren't candidates worth
voting for. Many will compare today's crops of politicians to politicians from yesteryear.
I think this is folly. Candidates haven't changed much at all. I think the reason that the politicians look so poor now is a combination of several
factors. 1) Over exposure to every part of these people's lives by the media, 2) nostalgia built up on idolized history, and 3) The modern generations
in the first worlds are the most well educated people in the history of the human race. I will outline each of my three points below as to what I am
talking about followed by a summary paragraph.
1) Over exposure to every part of politicians' lives by the media.
Look let's get this out of the way quickly. Politicians have ALWAYS been rather #ty. There is a reason that the South Park episode that compared the
Bush/Kerry election to a race between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich is still relevant today. Matt Stone and Trey Parker were brilliant with this
episode, but the pure genius part of it comes at the very end when Stan finally accepts that he should just cast his vote regardless of who he has to
The reason for this is because it's true. It was true in 2004, it is true now, and it was true in 1780. Politicians suck. The reason is simple. They
are human just like you and I. They all suffer from human flaws and failings and no one is perfect. But when we see the media constantly exposing each
politicians' flaws we become more and more jaded that there is no one worth voting for. We all have the "ideal candidate" we'd LIKE to vote for in our
heads, we all mostly agree that such a thing is as real as a unicorn, but for some reason we all pretend like not living up to that ideal makes you a
2) Nostalgia built up on over idolized history.
Now you may be thinking about a candidate in our past that is generally accepted to have been awesome at his job and are about to say, "well wait
Krazysh0t, what about so and so?" Well this gives me the opportunity to talk about how your view of the past is warped. Sorry if this sounds offensive
to you, but it's true. History classes in school have all white-washed history to a tremendous degree. Our perceptions of historic figures tends to
wipe away all the smears on their records while promoting their good deeds.
It would be like looking back at Obama's Presidency and only talking about how he started Obamacare (not how it performed), how helped gay rights, and
how he battled for gun registration (again ignoring his results). It's distorted and wrong. Obama isn't certainly as bad as the right makes him out to
be, but he certainly wasn't the best President either. Well that is what I'm getting at with historic politicians.
Case in point, JFK. Everyone talks about how JFK slept around on his wife ALL the time while serving as President. Heck, it's highly celebrated how he
and Marilyn hooked up in the Oval office. Let's fast forward 40 or so years to the end of President Clinton's second term. Clinton gets a bj in the
oval office, gets exposed, and becomes a national circus spectacle by the media. JFK would NEVER have been able to get away with what he did with
women while President and if he tried, his record would be SEVERELY tarnished by it. This actually comes back to my previous point on the media
I can go on though. Most of the founding fathers were slave owners. Woodrow Wilson was a racist and promoted racial policies that pretty much caused
the resurrection of the KKK (which had all but died out by the start of his Presidency). Lincoln had no intention of freeing the slaves when he was
elected. Reagan is one of my best examples. He drastically ramped up the war on drugs (VERY unconservative in nature) and deregulated the banks which
can be directly linked to the stagnating wages we've experienced ever since. And these are just Presidents. Don't get me started on Congress
members... Also keep in mind that each of the Presidents I named all ran against another Presidential candidate who ended up losing.
3) The modern generation in the first world is the most educated generation in history.
Say what you want about our stagnating school scores, but even now humans are FAR more educated than we've ever been. This includes as recently back
as the Greatest Generation. We are just better able to separate the crap from the stink because we've been trained to think critically about these
things. Sure voter education isn't all that spectacular, but I'd say we are better politically educated than many previous American generations have
Look at the low voter turner out. Many voters stop participating because they feel like there isn't a choice or they don't want to pick the lesser of
two evils all the time. Well think about this, much of voter participation in the past was due to propaganda and swarm behavior. People were doing it
because they were told to do it and not because they were educated with who they were voting for. NOW, people are better educated and know better than
to do something just because they are told. Thus voter participation drops because again, politicians are just as #ty as they've always been.
So to summarize my points here, politicians aren't entirely to blame for our poor choices in politicians. We just have the ability to pull the curtain
back and see what is really going on with these people. Now, hopefully politicians realize this and start being better behaved, but that is unlikely
so it falls back on US the now better educated public to remember to give some leeway to these guys. They are human just like you and I. Mistakes
edit on 1-2-2016 by Krazysh0t because: (no reason given)