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Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
With the all the town hall fiasco's going on, I feel that politics is starting to turn into a spectator sport. First we have the "game" which is the issues that get brought up. We have the "team", the people we elected for office. We have the "teams" "staff", which are the organizations that get money from the "team" to support their agenda and give money to the "players" on the "team", and then we have the "fans", which are the people that root the team on.
The "fans" and "staff" are fighting each other and rooting their "team" on while, the "teams"s play the game. After the the "game" is over the "teams" shake hands and go have a beer. While the "Staff" and "Fans" continue to fight each other about the "game" that was just played.
When the "fans" want to ask questions to the "team". The "teams" then get their "staff" to set up the "press conferences", town halls, which the "staff" parades the "team member" out to answer questions, but only from people that support the "team".
Coincidentally, the "team" also handles questions mailed, e-mailed, or phoned into them like fan mail. The "team" gets a member of the "staff" pay attention to the mail, email, phone calls, while the same member of the "staff" sends back a pre-written email or letter. Only every now and again does the "team member" really write a letter to one of the "fans".
What I'm getting at with this is that politics is nothing more than staged events, it's all a game. We all need to remember that, very rarely does any "team" actually pass any legislation that benefits us.