Friday, November 04, 2005

Sick of Politics

Look, I’m not on the left, and I’m not on the right, and maybe that is why I get so sick of politics so quickly. Obviously, nobody is ever going to agree with everything somebody does in office (unless you are so far to the left or right, that you don’t give a flying f**k what the person does in office, as long as he/she is your man/woman). All I ask for is competence. I know, it seems easy enough, but why can’t we get anyone from any side who is competent enough for office?

Just in case you think I’m picking on one specific person, this goes for every level of the political system, from the grass roots all the way up to the big house. I am so sick and tired of hearing about controversies, scandals, lobbying, and the whole “us against them” mentality that the liberals and conservatives have. Aren’t you supposed to be working for the people you represent, and not your own stupid political parties? Isn’t it easier to work together to get things accomplished, instead of using the party-line as an excuse why you won’t work with others?

Is there anybody in politics who is not corrupt? Why can’t respectable people run for office, and not get thoroughly embarrassed because the political machine was able to dig up something that the person did when he/she was a teenager?

I know this will never work, but I want the 2 or 3 people who read my website to make a conscious effort to only vote for politicians who promise to work together with other people. I don’t care about which side of the fence you are on, as long as you make sure that the person running isn’t a total stubborn jerk who doesn’t care about you, but is only concerned about the company line (also, it would help if the person doesn’t owe any people/companies a lot of favors).

2 comments:

Ink and Stone said...

Suddenly... I hear the Sex Pistols...

"I am an antichrist.
And I am an anarchist!
I don't know what I want, but I know how to get it!
I wanna destroy, pacify!
Cause I... wanna be... ANARCHY!"


Anarchy does a body good, Karl!

Seriously though, you make a good point. These bastards are supposed to work for the people, not their own fucked up political agendas. And they are supposed to work together. They are becoming as bad as religious nuts who have no tolerance for anything different than their own opinion.

If only there was a way to create and highly publicize a new political party that is truly dedicated to the people. A cross between populists and liberalists.
A party that cares about people, and families; and NOT corporate america.

State and religion are kept separate. (Or at least, they're supposed to be)
Maybe it's time to separate State and Corporate.

Jeff said...

All I ask for is competence. I know, it seems easy enough, but why can’t we get anyone from any side who is competent enough for office?
** P.J. O'Rourke once said that the genius of the Founding Fathers is that they took 100 of the country's leading numbskulls out of the private sector, where they might do actual harm.
** Remember the Roberts nomination (and his "gay" 4-year-old son), reflect on the Miers fiasco, and watch the Alito confirmation. And look at what is happening to MD Lt. Gov. Steele, whose political opponents illegally obtained his credit report because he's running for US Senate. Now ask yourself why any normal person would want any part of that.


I know this will never work, but I want the 2 or 3 people who read my website to make a conscious effort to only vote for politicians who promise to work together with other people.
** Let me give you an example of why this could never work. In 1990, then-President George H.W. Bush worked with the Democrats in Congress to "balance the budget." The result: Bush broke his "Read My Lips, No New Taxes" pledge, the economy tanked into a 2-year recessionand the Democrats put Bill Clinton into the White House.
** I remember this well because I graduated from college in 1990. Of the 30-or-so Mechanical Engineering seniors I knew well, exactly ONE got a full-time job offer. I got an offer to repeat my engineering internship to buy time for grad school applications, and I was one of the lucky ones.
** This is not to say that both sides couldn't work together better. It IS to say that politics is about negotiation, not cooperation -- and weak negotiators are the ones who get rolled.

While I'm at it, consider this:
** Corporate America actually supports higher taxes, greater regulation, and strong unions. Why? Because big corporations can afford these -- small start-ups can't -- and big corporations see start-ups as competition, and not as suppliers and/or customers. And because there are big-government perks (such as IMF loans) that really can only apply to big corporations, and require more taxes. Never mind that small companies grow faster than big companies, and thus collectively drive the economy.