It seems to me…
“Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.” ~ Karl Kraus.
While most candidates for public office initially believe in the high principles and ideals typifying an elected position, they all-too-quickly accept that campaign donations are most easily obtained from the highest bidder for their services and wantonly prostitute themselves in self-deceptive rationalization that what they are doing is in the general electorate’s best interests. How can we deceive ourselves into believing our political system to be anything but corrupt when our elected representatives openly solicit bribes from corporate lobbyists selling their votes for whatever they can get rather than for what their conscience tells them is right and best for our country?
The revolving door separating government and private employment exemplifies the interrelationships and opportunities available to those willing to exploit personal contacts made while in the other sector. While working in aerospace, it was all too obvious that many managers were hired for who rather than what they knew. While they might have been excellent military officers, many of them were incompetent corporate executives and retained their positions only for their contacts.
Everything today seems to be half-truths, misrepresentations, untruths, distortions, or just out-right lies – and it can be very difficult to tell which is which. If you believe half of what you hear from the majority of politicians, you might be interested in buying a certain bridge… Unfortunately, it has been shown we are not so much interested in learning what might actually be true as we are in being told what supports our currently beliefs. Still, all of us (myself included) need to listen more closely to what we are told and consider just how much fits into any of the above categories.
We need to more carefully check facts prior to taking a stand and advocating them. Bending facts to fit one’s preferred political beliefs, whether by the left or right, is unacceptable. Today, the rightwing dominated media is waging war on America (the leftwing chooses to meekly ignore this reality). Extremists such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the News Corporation media empire funded by people like Keith Rupert Murdoch provide a totally distorted view of our country (and are an embarrassment to reputable news reporting). Unfortunately, most people chose to let the media do their thinking for them and blindly believe what they see and hear on network TV.
In Mein Kampf, Hitler in 1937 stated his political intentions – and the world was in denial. Conservatives, beginning with Henry Kissinger’s Harvard PhD dissertation, stated their intent to eliminate all social welfare programs through a policy termed “starving the beast”. If you consider the policies of the GWBush administration, you can see this was their actual motivation: two inadvisable tax cuts, two unfunded wars … drive up the deficit to force social change. Now, the primary goal of rightwing extremists is not to create jobs or restore our economy but to defeat Obama’s bid for reelection and continue in their apparent efforts to turn back the clock to where the U.S. once again has become an agrarian-dependent nation. They have waged unmitigated class-warfare decimating the middle class and benefitting only the wealthiest in country to where we now have – by far – the widest income disparity separating the top 5 percent and the remaining majority of the U.S. population when compared to any other modern industrial nation.
I do not agree or am sympathetic with much of the Occupy Wall Street Movement but understand what motivates much of their anger.
That’s what I think, what about you?