a reply to: JAGStorm
If you Don't look back with some sense of shame or shock at your previous selves, have you grown much?
Part of the problem is, in our system of representative democracy, we are supposed to be "hiring" politicians who represent us. And psychology has
shown we have a very flawed self image. So, you can see how there would be a problem there...
We think we need a well mannered, well educated, well spoken, unrealistically moral, unrealistically patient, unrealistically calm tempered person who
ALWAYS takes the high road in every situation, but at the same time, paradoxically brave, strong, decisive, determined, and NEVER afraid to do whats
right even when its unpopular, even when it may be perceived as Not "taking the high road"... Basically we think we deserve Jesus.
"Yeah, I would say Jesus is a pretty good match for me, character wise. I mean, he could use a little work on standing up for himself, but, in most
other areas he is probably my equal, so, eh, close enough. I mean, I'm not gonna necessarily complain
that you took the unnecessary step of
adding "Son of" to my rightful title... but I'll definitely make sure you get the hint so this mistake never happens again. But sure, whatever, for
this election cycle, Jesus will have to do as an adequate representative for me, the combined hive-consciousness of the American Voter."
So, again, there is a problem because we are seeking what is not possible. Ok so you eliminate everyone with any sort of a "past" from the pool of
available contenders. If this were possible, then what we would have left are people who have no experience in problems, and yet its supposed to be
their job to solve the problems we are facing. They never had to face a real problem in their entire life, because there has always been someone there
to pick up the pieces and clean up their mess. They don't have a clue what it's like to actually be on your own in this world.
We have a self image that tells us we don't have any real problems to work on, its always someone else who is the problem, so that makes a lot of
sense. We haven't grown much, so the concept of looking back on your previous self with disdain is totally foreign to us.
We are perfect and always have been, therefore we need a politician who can meet our high standards. Impossibly high standards... so in other words
they better be a good liar.
In truth, a recovering drug addict like myself would be an authentic representative for at least 20% of Americans, compared to the less than one
percent representation we get when we elect, well, the 1%ers.
You could literally select a person at random, and they would have a 99% chance of being a more authentic representative of the American people than
some well to do slick talking clone churned out by the Media Machine...
There are even foreigners who would be a closer match for us.
Donald Trump is a stepping stone towards a more perfect president. Obviously his money is a red flag, but the fact is, thats what it took to
forcefully break into the club that only accepts media blessed candidates. That's what it took to make us realize that we don't need to keep on voting