The mechanisms of using the political system to do the people’s business have been irrevocably undermined. Things are getting slowly and irrevocably worse, without letup. And there is no way to fix it within the prescribed parameters of the system.
There is no two party government in power, except in name. There is power, and there is corruption. All else is an illusion.
And the advertised choice left to us, the serfs, is to fix it using the prescribed mechanisms, in twenty, fifty, or a hundred years.
If you choose to play in idiocy, you will be mired in idiocy. To date, you the taxpayer are funding thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at other countries in an expostulation of unmitigated terror and destructiveness that is described as everyday politics, and cannot be dealt with because of an unaddressable “political reality”. And one could go on, and on, and on and on.
And things will get bad. And things will get worse.
Mene Mene Tekel. Upharshin.
For a hundred years hence, it will get worse. The current system is designed to work through issues on a timescale of twenty, fifty, or a hundred years.
It’s not getting better, no matter how you vote, who you vote for, or if they win in the short term.
In twenty years, our easily obtainable energy resources will be gone, no matter how much latitude you gave “American Energy Companies”. And Congress will dither, and its apologists will say change takes time.
In fifty years, your children will not know the name of Albert Einstein, and will think it equally likely the sun revolves around the Earth as the other way around, and will treat ancient science texts claiming the latter to be propaganda leaflets of the militant left, and the Democrats will claim to be agnostic on the subject. You know I’m right.
And the Congress will dither, and your Democrats or their successors and those wise heads of the present day will talk about politics, and how that is important to solve problems. And the Republicans will talk about burning witches. And the Democrats will seem wise by saying maybe burning witches is a little extreme.
And in a hundred years, your childrens’ children will be fleeing the coastlines, as what remains of their cities are inexplicably flooded, and the corporations that had them building dams flee to the North Pole, leaving their serfs, your descendants, to die in the swamps.
And the Republicans, if they still exist at that time, or their ideological successors, and you know they will be there, will talk about sacrificing virgins to Quezocoatl or that god’s equivalent or some other god’s equivalent. And the Democrats will talk about how that also is a little extreme, but perhaps now we can burn witches.
You can deny, but you know I’m right.
Everyday politics in any venue and by any name has but one legitimate purpose: To serve the people.
What has gone wrong, so terribly wrong, is politics in today’s American culture is politics being seen as an end unto itself.
What defines the American political system of the present day is the be all and end all of politics. It’s not that politics is “bad” it is that our corporations and our nation have adopted a language of politics as an end unto itself.
It simply does not matter if what you are talking about is sacrificing the genitals of every living child under 12 to a mythical gnome who lives in a hole in the ground in exchange for tasty alien cheese that falls from the sky. All that matters is what the poll numbers on the question are! And your talking heads will cheerfully discuss it without gagging and while wearing Christian Dior clothing and black pearls around their neck if the person who brought the mythical gnome up has sufficient political backing.
And Rachel Maddow will do it too. Except, to mock it, while giving it airplay anyway. And without the black pearls. Whatever.
If anything it’s gotten worse.
If it fails to serve the people, what is left of politics is mechanism without meaning. What I mean is, people talk today about political reality without acknowledging that the barriers currently imposed by political reality are so abstract, insane and extreme they have no relationship with the realities of people’s lives.
Your politicians, and your government, have become disconnected with the people.