Today I want to write my second blog entry which was inspired by another great writer here on Open Salon: Walter Blevins. Walter did a blog a few days ago about political apathy and if any of you have not read it, you have missed a real gem. In terms of talent, Walter is one of the top ten bloggers on this site in my opinion and no, I am not about to list the other nine….I don’t deal well with dust-ups.
Walter’s post caused me to examine my own beliefs in our current political climate. Was I one of those who suffer from apathy when it comes to National politics? The answer I came up with is No. I am not apathetic towards politics but I do have a deep and abiding mistrust of our government.
The way I see it the problem lies in the fact that it takes a lot of money to gain a national office, whether it is as a Congressman, a Senator, or a President. It takes so much money, in fact, that by the time a man does successfully gain office he is well and truly bought and paid for by any one of the many special interests groups which are mainly made up of large corporations.
Couple that with my own natural aversion to lying and you see where I might have a certain mistrust of politicians. I mention lying because that is what any successful politician is best at. When he isn’t telling a downright lie, he is at the very least performing verbal summersaults with the truth.
Let’s face it folks, politicians are hard-wired to tell you only what they think you want to hear. How refreshing it would be to hear just one Presidential candidate say just once: “Folks we are circling the toilet bowl and we are gonna have to tighten our belts and do without if we are ever going to improve.” Or maybe just once I would love to hear them say: “Whose idiotic idea was it to go to war anyway? You vote me into office and our soldiers are boarding that big ole Freedom Bird home the next day. Let those folks take care of their own business.”
People, it ain’t gonna happen. Brown and Root would go broke. The oil companies would lose money and if we tighten our belts and do without, who’s going to buy all those big screen TV’s and brand new SUV’s?
So instead we have these guys telling us they have a fool proof plan of robbing Peter to pay Paul and it will only take eight years to right the ship (two terms). And they tell us they are going to strive to achieve “Peace with Honor”. Uh….pardon me, but there is no honor to be found in war.
Now you add to this sorry state of affairs, the fact that every four years a curious thing happens, everybody becomes an instant expert in politics and it’s enough to make you gag. Nowadays, in the Internet age, we are bombarded with thousands of “experts” who are absolutely certain they have the right answer, their candidate is right and anyone who disagrees with them is just an idiot.
Right or Left, Conservative or Liberal, Republican or Democrat, they all swear their man is on the side of the angels….they KNOW…can I have an amen from the congregation?
Personally folks, I have not been sure of anything since 1968. Of course I am just a simple man, uneducated in the ways of the sophisticated world in which we live. Maybe I should envy all you folks who have all the answers and I might even get around to doing that…..someday….not today.
No. Politicians spewing platitudes and dancing to the tune played by big business, while citizen journalist, as they like to call themselves, spew venom in the direction of any who disagree, while blindly following their politician of choice, is not for me.
I have my own political beliefs and that is just what they are….mine. I would never presume to share them with the public in an effort to change anyone’s mind or to sway anyone to believe as I do. I am neither Republican or Democrat. I am often conservative but just as often can be found agreeing with my Liberal friends of which I have many. I vote for the man and not the party. If neither man impresses me, I do not vote…it is my right and trust me…I earned it.
Mostly though I am a man who has lived most of his life with the KISS philosophy….Keep It Simple, Stupid. That philosophy works whether you are fixing a tractor, or fixing a country. I am a simple country rancher. I am responsible for the well being of all the animals who live on my land and it is up to me to give them the best life I’m able to give them, within my means. Would that our country’s leaders felt the same way about those of us who live here.
See why I never talk politics Walt. I promise not to do it again.