11/11/08

How I feel about politics in general...and why I had a hard time voting

Richard Armour once wrote: "Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong."

Saul Bellow wrote: "Take our politicians: they're a bunch of yo-yos. The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of clich├ęs the first prize."

Plato wrote: "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." (AMEN!)

Nikita Khrushchev wrote: "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."

T.S. Eliot wrote: "An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."

(Note that I don’t even necessarily agree with the ideologies of all of the authors of these quotes…but I agree with what they’re saying! I’m just sayin.)

3 comments:

Kelly M said...

Love it- all of it! I'm so glad the election is over because I was so sick of all the "politicking." I voted, I did my part. It's done. Relief! Too bad the winner now gets to rule our country. . . . (and I would feel that way with either candidate winning)

Ginnie said...

Hmmm...I saw this in your email the other day and had thoughts but didn't have time to write them to you. Guess I'll do it now. I guess I still believe in the good in people. I definitely feel that there are politicians who are in it for power and prestige. But I also think, at least hope, that there are politicians who are in it to make changes for the good. (Just now realizing how ironic it is that I write this when this is the argument so many made about Obama and I didn't like him.) Working with some legislators opened my eyes to how hard of a job it is. You're constantly battling between what you want, what your constituents want, and what your fellow legislators want. You always have to watch what you say, who you talk to, where you go, etc. Someone is always going to hate you, no matter what you do. You have to dodge the media all the time, but still try to do what you think is right.

This is why I've liked Bush for all of these years. I think he's a good man with the country's best interest at heart.

Anyway, I know people hate politicians because they make promises they can't always keep. But you never know what obstacles will arise that will destroy your vision (the promise made) until after you're elected (true, some people might just be lying to get elected). There are so many things to think about when trying to lead a state or a nation or a city. To get one thing, you have to take from somewhere else. And then people get mad and don't want you in office anymore. So, it's cyclical.

To sum up, I'm trying to have faith that there are good people out there that want to make changes and are willing to go through Hades to do it. So the stereotype of politicians sometimes bothers me.

Anonymous said...

Nikita Khrushchev was such an evil man that it's a little sad that you've included a comment from him in your blog. He hated America & everything it stands for. He thought we were pitiful saps who tried too hard to save the world & all the suffering people in it. It was largely because of him that people began building underground bomb shelters & I remember as a child being afraid of him (whevever I'd see him on TV). I believe today that many Americans think that communism wouldn't really be such a bad way of life -- but read on:

In a book by William Z. Foster, former head of the Communist Party, U.S.A., entitled "Toward Soviet America," he gives a complete blueprint of the conquest of America by the international Communist conspiracy. It is as clear a blueprint as given by Adolph Hitler in "Mein Kampf." Following are some of the things you may look for under the controlled Communist America as stated by William Z. Foster:

"The final aim of the Communist international is to overthrow world capitalism and replace it by world Communism. The Communist Party of the United States is the American section of the Communist International. The Communist International carries out a united revolutionary program on a world scale. The American Soviet government will be organized along the broad lines of the Russian Soviets.

"Under the dictatorship, all the capitalist parties - Republican, Democrat, Progressive, Socialist, etc., will be liquidated. Likewise, will be dissolved all other organizations - including chambers of commerce, employer's associations, Rotary Clubs, American Legion, YMCA, and such fraternal orders as the Masons, Odd Fellows, Elks, Knights of Columbus, etc., lawyers will be abolished.

"The press, the motion pictures, the radio, the theater, will be taken over by the Government. Studies will be revolutionized, being cleansed of religious, patriotic and other features of the bourgeois idealogy. The decisions of the Soviets are enforced by the armed red guard. Citizenship is restricted to those who do useful work, capitalist, landlords, clericals and other nonproducers being disfranchised." http://www.devvy.com/utt_20020410.html

All I'm saying is as Americans we better be careful what we wish for!

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