Just a few observations after attending an all day seminar yesterday on “what makes a politician react”.
The seminar started with a definition of “Politics”….many would think that it is “the art of compromise for the common good of all citizens”.
LOLOLOL – ok, we are just kidding you with that “Utopian ideal”. What is our world really like?
Let’s play charades and break it down in syllables, shall we?
- First syllable: “Poli” = Many
- Second syllable: “Tics” = Blood Sucking Creatures
So there we have the answer – Politics is made up of “Many Blood Sucking Creatures”
The balance of the seminar was not anymore flattering toward politicians. We should be thankful, at least for now, that our system of governance does allow for peaceful settlement of issues, has checks and balances, and power is diffused to various levels. (federal, state, and local)
Many politicians, certainly at the higher levels, forget who rules whom, and many citizens incorrectly put politicians on pedestals. Citizens and politicians need to understand that it is the citizens that have the power! Politicians work for the citizens, and not vice-versa!
Money has far too much influence in our political system, and perhaps that is also true in every political system. To get anywhere in politics, regardless if you are a “D” or a “R”, you must be a team player, and be willing to do what is necessary for the betterment of the party. You will need money to win an elected office, and the party is the primary source of money. However, you could get appointed when there is an opening due to illness or death; and the party can slip you in through the back door, even if you are not qualified for the position.
For the younger generations with lofty aspirations for higher public office, be assured that compromising your principles may be necessary for advancement. So if you do not see yourself dancing on the end of some strings, then you may want to consider some other line of work.