Now it seems to me that the message we should be focusing on for the next election (dear Lord, let's hope there IS one) is that we must add a few new
realities contrary to those that have become entrenched in our fellow countrymen.
Lesson 1: "It's not the candidate, I repeat NOT the candidate..,"
As much as we want to , we MUST NOT believe in the pretty words, the handsome or lovely faces, the praise of their 'peers,' or the personal
histories of the politicians. THE PARTY AGENDA DICTATES THE POLICY
. Politicians who stray too drastically from the agenda become, to a great
degree, marginalized or rendered ineffectual.
The faces we see, the voices we hear, even to a great extent the 'actions' we are presented with are NOT any indication of what that agenda is. It
appears that American's WANT to assume the agenda is beneficial, and that is a doctrine I am not disposed to argue at this juncture; for those
suspicious of the agenda already will never trust as they may have in the past. Those who do trust, for whatever motivation, will not have their
faith challenged without resistance which is besides the point. I leave that assumption of partisan benevolence as an element for each individual to
consider; for the time being.
Lesson 2: "Elections have been changed: It's a POPULARITY contest now."
Politicians cannot survive their careers, in anonymity. They require public attention to be viable in their efforts to be selected as the most
popular. Elections are about POPULARITY.
This fact speaks for itself. Consider that although most proclaim to choose a candidate based on rational judgment, issues, and perceived confidence
in the candidate's capabilities as a leader, a vast majority of African Americans voted for Barak Obama; there is something very telling in that
statistic. Large swaths of formerly ideologically opposed Americans jumped at the chance for 'change' as it was marketed to them. Popularism is a
powerful approach to political strategy.
No one (usually) get's elected by telling the people that "it's NOT going to be OK". We MUST ACCEPT that for the most part, POLITICIANS SAY WHAT
THEY BELIEVE YOU WANT TO HEAR. It has ever been so....
Lesson 3: Politicians KNOW what they are "supposed" to do..., BECAUSE THE PARTY HAS ALREADY DECIDED. They would NOT support his candidacy
If you look into it, you will find that there is a huge population of 'disenfranchised' politicians. Most of whom refused to conform to the party,
and were simply 'frozen out' of the mainstream.
Everything happens in politics for a reason. It is a stage, and the actors follow direction as they are instructed. Each party member plays their
part, bringing up 'issues' at the right time, throwing down gauntlets when expedient. These politicians of ours are jacked up on Hollywood and
Wallstreet media hormones.
Lesson 4: What you though you heard doesn't matter.
The most successful politicians are those who can afford to 'ignore' their own contradictory lives. Most of these people - these leaders, have
criminal records. Most of them can't afford to be scrutinized closely. Many of them are one step ahead of the law. Some of them are truly criminal
characters, and in the party, the members know exactly who they are. But they tolerate it, for money. They need money to buy media time.
The best salesman wins.
Should I go on, or am I preaching to a choir? I purposefully abbreviate this soapbox diatribe, because I don't like wasting people's time.
[edit on 29-3-2009 by Maxmars]