Tuesday, August 2, 2011

deflection

I am actually writing this on the weekend since that's when I have the most time to write so as of this moment the budget crisis has still not been resolved and the August 2nd deadline (the date on which this blog post is set to run) is still approaching.

All I can say is I am disgusted. I truly hope that a settlement can't be reached and we default, rather than to do the same old tired thing of deciding to spend more and more money that we don't have. The more money you give to these politicians, the more they will spend. They won't go back and cover what is already owed, they'll spend it on new things and then come back a year later asking to once again raise the ceiling. THEY NEVER LEARN BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE TO. The only thing they care about is getting enough votes to be reelected.

Here is one of my favorite movie scenes, and it always comes to mind during times like these. If you want to see some superb acting, watch it. But I have to say - his pleas are misdirected and I will tell you why below.



Does it really make any difference to complain to your politician? Maybe, if it isn't anything very important. The main criteria your representative uses is does it keep him or her in office. They could care less about you or the country or our moral fiber or whatever; all they care about is themselves and the best way to take care of themselves is to remain in office so they can continue sponging off of our tax dollars while they live on easy street.

Complaining to our government leaders is like complaining to the fox that your chickens are being stolen and eaten.

But they want you to think that your voice matters, and that it is heard. They want to deflect your anger elsewhere, to make you think that they are trying their best but they are battling heavy villains who make things tough. It takes the spotlight off of them.

For example - we complain about the bailout and how these loser companies took all this money and squandered it, paying out big bonuses when really, they should have gone out of business. These companies are evil, right?

Well, it is human nature. People will get away with whatever they are able to get away with. Rather than focusing our attention on these companies who are like kids who get a lavish, way overdone Christmas present, we should be focusing on the rats who gave them the money in the first place. That's where our attention should be, but of course our government representatives don't want that. They want to deflect the attention elsewhere.

The stuff Howard Beale complains about in the movie Network - that stuff is still endemic today, even more so. But is complaining to your representative going to help? Sure, he or she will go through the motions because after all, they want your vote in the next election. But do they really care about eradicating stuff like that? NO THEY DON'T. Because if they did, then that would mean you might actually focus on what they are doing and see how worthless they are. So having crime and all the other ills in this country actually helps them keep their jobs, as long as they don't let it go beyond an "acceptable" level.

What is the definition of an "acceptable" level? A level that still enables them to get reelected. The perfect balance is when they are able to keep trouble at a high enough level of urgency that you, the stupid voter, think that they can help so you vote for them. Along the way, some politicians have failed because they let the troubles get too far out of hand and people then believed the lies from the candidate who bumped the incumbent out of office but as we all learn, it is just like the line from the Who's song: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

We are just powerless peons. Anyone who tells you otherwise, or who believes otherwise, is misguided. The objective for anyone to change things is not to make the world better for the sake of being better, but to personally benefit from these changes and gain membership in the "club" who controls things. If along the way the world just happens to get better, then that's merely a side effect.

This video from George Carlin says it very well. I do not like profanity and don't like posting it, but he said it so well that I am making an exception because the profanity also adds to the accuracy of what he is saying. So just a warning, the video does contain profanity.. but it is relevant.



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