Political Quagmire

Boy am I tired of this narrative: “Hey young-people, get out and vote, it’s your most powerful form of expression!” Then the next day: “Oh well, you’ll get ’em next time! You just have to wait patiently until the next election.” But as evidenced by the current sitting president, a person’s most powerful form of expression is social media.

I’m also tired of the 50/50 vote splits that are simply handed-over uncontested. With all the talk of dodgy practices in relation to voting-machines and voter-suppression, a few thousand votes could go here-or-there based on fraudulent tactics — yet the election is called before any investigation takes place.

While I’m at it, I’m also tired of the same people getting elected. Even when term-limits preclude them from running for the same office, they simply switch to a new position. It’s the same cast of characters all the time. And no offense, but most of these people seem awfully shady and tend to make a lot of money while in office (and after).

I’ve been on-and-off watching this political stuff for a few decades now. I’m really trying to give it up completely. People often rail against social-media and its worthlessness, but politics is a pure shit-show and always has been (even a cursory glance at history reveals this). Young people are told to get informed and vote — but it’s the same story over and over.

My advice to young people: become a social-media influencer and you too can become president.

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Religion of Politics

For some, government is God. You’ve got your high-priests and adherents divided into many branches and sects. You even have your proselytizers attempting to rally others to join them. “Register, and all your sins are forgiven!” Pick a side and vote the party line and you too can put your faith in politics. Things didn’t go your way this time? Well don’t worry, just trust in the power of elections and prosperity will come to you in the next round!

There is a fundamental question that we all must answer for ourself, and that is: How do things get done in the world? Politics is one answer — but it’s not the only answer. For some, it’s God or a form of spirituality. For some it’s science, for others it’s magic. By our nature, we select an answer whether we want to or not.

Everything happens for some underlying reason — and this foundational belief is your religion. You might not call it that, but it is what it is. “But doesn’t government get things done?” Well that’s certainly what its followers would like you to believe. Is it true? For some perhaps — but for others it’s their prayers, wishes, and vision-boards that get things done. And to others, the principles of science get things done.

Isn’t government and the political process simply an added layer placed atop our foundational belief? No, it is without a doubt its own religion. And engaging with multiple primary beliefs necessarily dilutes and confounds one’s system of belief. People often speak of having or lacking “faith in government” — it’s a religion through and through.

But like any religion, it has its good and bad qualities. We can’t judge political-believers based on the extremists that want everyone to consume their particular brand of religion. My point is this: Politics is not the answer for everyone. As Jesus once said: Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

In other words, if you’re a spiritually-minded person, you’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re trying to achieve your aims via political means. A tempestuous external world is a direct result of inner turbulence. For the spiritually-minded, God is found within — and His company is best appreciated by keeping our own house in order. What’s the point of slapping a fresh coat of paint on a house that’s crumbling from within? The external relies on the internal, not the other way around.

The spiritually-minded person must answer this question: is matter your master or your manifestation? Are you only to wait and hope and vote for the material world to get itself together before you find satisfaction? Your time is right-now, in this moment. NOTHING need be fulfilled in order for you to enjoy life. The door is always open — and by the appreciation of life in this very moment, you enter.

Major Malfunction

An excerpt from the fictional tales of An Alien on Earth

Mathematically, the higher the population, the less an individual vote counts. When this country’s state and federal governments were formed, populations were drastically smaller. For instance the entire country’s population was less than that of modern-day Massachusetts. Throughout the years, representation within government has not scaled to match the significant increase in population, resulting in a severe weakening of an individual’s influence and representation.

Additionally, because of the particular method of voting, the establishment of a two-party system became inevitable. But a two-party system is incapable of representing the varied interests and ideas of a population of over 300 million citizens. And with party control of candidate selection, the choice presented to voters is further restricted. Also, the electorate’s only option when displeased with their government, is to swap between two parties every few years, replacing the majority party with the minority party they previously voted out.

Another consideration is the influence of business on government. Even from inception, with the compromises made to slave-holders and the additional laws passed in their favor, it was clear that money was a welcome influence, and business would be an over-represented participant in government. Despite lofty claims of freedom and equality, the government willingly maintains underserved segments of the population for the benefit of profits.

And concerning elections, candidate selection and issue determination are largely based on shallow sensationalist soundbites and advertisements. Oftentimes, polarizing topics are used to mislead and distract voters. Additionally, some advertisements are funded by donors seeking financial gain from policies enacted by the particular politicians they support.

There is also an unsettled philosophy of the relationship between voters and those they elect. At times, elected officials are considered leaders of the people, and at other times they are mere representatives of the people’s will, employees of the people. Oftentimes politicians flip between the two, depending on the sentiment they wish to evoke.

Something else to consider, is the existence of third-party organizations within government that are unaccountable to voters. These organizations maintain and enforce their own regulations and practices, without adequate oversight. Their capabilities are such that citizens lack sufficient recourse in dealing with them.

And lastly, casual participation within this system perpetuates the belief that individuals can influence their government, satiating the desire for change. So instead of seeking an effective means of influence, the system continues as it is.

In conclusion, democracy implies a government deriving its power from the consent of those it governs, individuals organizing their power in such form as to most likely effect their safety and happiness — but how minuscule can an individual’s influence become before it’s too insignificant to matter? The current configuration of government coupled with the immense population it governs, does not allow for significant individual participation — therefore this nation is not served by a functioning democracy.

Voting Issues

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Alien on Earth
Circa 2014. North America.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the political bands which have connected him with another, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that he should declare the causes which impel him to the separation.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The history of this government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over its people. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

1. The Constitution, as well as federal laws passed by congress, allowed for and strengthened the institution of slavery.
2. Legalized corruption through relationships with business existed since inception.
3. Legalized exploitation of workers, including children, existed since inception.
4. The willingness of government to maintain underserved segments of the population.
5. The power of organizations within government unaccountable to voters.
6. Despite the drastic increase in population, the number of representatives remains the same, with only 435 individuals representing over three-hundred million.
7. The discrepancy between having “leaders” and having “representatives” i.e. are elected officials employees of the people, or their managers.
8. Two parties cannot adequately represent the varied positions of three-hundred million.
9. The particular voting system encourages a two-party system.
10. The influence of party leadership in selecting initial candidates.
11. Under-informed populace and politicians.
12. Shallow advertisements as a basis for candidate selection and issue determination.
13. The use of polarizing topics to mislead and distract voters.
14. Casual participation perpetuates the belief that individuals have influence.

I, therefore, an individual of the united States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do solemnly publish and declare, That the people of the United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent of said corruption. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, I pledge my Life, my Fortunes and my sacred Honor.

In other words, voting is not a mechanism of change, but a charade to lull the masses — and being so, I formally abstain.