Politics… well, politicians… and the rest of us…

Does anyone else wonder how politicians get to be the people they are?  I mean, how do you enter a field where, by definition, you are there to “help” other people.  You are there to represent your constituents and help bring prosperity to you state, district, etc. and then end up becoming an enormous shyster?  Yes, a shyster.  Of course, not all politicians are liars and scallywags (yes, thank you, I know, working scallywag into current discussions is a true feat), but more and more, we are learning that they are indeed not on the up and up.

So what is a concerned American to do?  We don’t necessarily want to be in the Government game, but who do we trust? Some of us are naive, yes, it’s true, naive.  We want to believe everything they tell us… so we do.  Some of us are so cynical that we move to the far reaches of Montana or Wyoming and wait for the paranoia to set in, firing weapons at anyone who doesn’t know the secret password.  Then there are those a few steps up from the militias and they just decide to not vote because “What’s the point?”

The rest of us… well, I think we try to approach it logically.  We know they are lying, but now to know who is the liar who lies the least… alliteration aside, how do we do that?  Some look deeply into our candidates eyes and determine whether or not they’re truthful.  Some decide they’re truthful if they are like the constituent (color of skin, religion, home base, prior job, etc. – pick one), I’m not sure why that means they would be honest… are you always honest?  I doubt it… most of us lie once in a while.  Maybe that’s why honesty is so important to so many people.

Some of us end of running for government and decide to take on the system.  Unfortunately, these people, the ones who really could make a change, aren’t the ones we vote for.  Why?  Well, they don’t have the money… or the experience… of the right way of speaking… funny thing is… we don’t know anything about them and experience is only achieved through… well, experience.  You may have studied the piano your entire life and you are a technical master, but you don’t know what will happen when you perform until… you perform.  It could be magic or it could be a disaster, but you won’t know until you do it.  Thus, how do we know these candidates won’t do a great job?

I guess if we really want the right people out there, listening to what we want, what we think is best for us, watching over us and helping to guide us, then maybe, just maybe, we need to take a chance sometimes.  That means voting for a party other than the Big 2, that means giving someone with “no” experience, the opportunity to get that very experience we need.  It means being brave and jumping off that precipice and trying something, and subsequently, someone new.

We have a system like no other in the world.  A lot of thought went into it and it does work when WE work it.  WE are the bosses and WE are the ones that hold the fate of those politicians in our hands.  Learn about how our system works and what each position has and does NOT have power over.  Although you may disagree with a candidates personal position on an issue, should your vote rest on that issue?  Well, the real question is, do they have any power over that issue?  No?  Then who cares?  If you need them for what they can offer that is in their power and it’s better than the other candidate, then why does it matter?

My goal isn’t to tell you how to vote or for whom, that’s up to you… it just seems that there are quite a few of “the rest of us” who want to do what the jobs in government entail, but the politicians still seem to keep getting voted in… maybe the non-politically driven “rest of us” can be brave and bring a little honesty back.  A little integrity.  A little courage.  Then, maybe, we can bring back the politicians to the masses… and maybe they’ll want to try something different, like farming or retail… it could happen.

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