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We have no Government. All we have is politics.

A never ending ideological battle is not government. Obstructing debate is not government. Manufacturing crises is not government. Campaigning is not government. Government is not about being in office. These things are politics and they prevent government.

Refusing to act on climate change, selling out the interests of masses of people to favor narrow interests, allowing crimes on a massive scale to go unpunished, pursuing harmful economic policies, or making discriminatory laws is government, but it’s not good government. Bad government doesn’t serve the interests of our nation in the short or long term nor provide for the general welfare.

People interested in government, in practical and efficient government, would have no problem resolving the issues facing our nation. It’s like the commercial where firemen ran the government… “Clean water: all in favor? Opposed? It’s unanimous!” It’s not complicated. Politics make it so.

Politics, at least in our country, is where the narrow interests are allowed their out-sized influence. It's an elaborate show. It’s how incompetents and buffoons are installed in our capitol to provide the government they’re paid to and to hell with the rest of us. It’s where government is sold out from under us. It has nothing to do with debating competing ideas or the will of the people. In the US today politics serves only politics and it’s got a huge industry built around it.

But our government isn’t an industry. Our government is us. It’s supposed to be of for and by us. Not of for and by politicians. Politics keeps our government too tied up to get around to seeing to our interests, and we’re all suffering for it.


Should politicians be banned from Government?

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:47:41 PM PST

  •  Hate to say it (0+ / 0-)

    But this is exactly the reasoning that led to term limits, which in turn led to ignorant fools beholden to special interests for their future jobs.

    I can't say I disagree.  Politicians make great satire...but as a serious proposal, this is the sort of populism that leads to bad things.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:10:37 PM PST

  •  You would still have election (1+ / 0-)
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    And elections require politicking so in the end you are right back where you started . . . politicians.

    Next politicians are not the problem just some politicians.

    Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

    by jsfox on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:55:40 PM PST

  •  The politics is not the only problem (1+ / 0-)
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    the Corporate Information Infrastructure Monopoly is the biggest producer of this "show".

    You are right that it IS a show. A show about Politics. How can you work on governing when you're always playing to the cameras and microphones? You can't.

    When will we stop being suckers and refuse to keep paying to see it?  MONEY is the root of all this evil. Politicians are the means to the corporate end, and the corporations own the whole government. They won't stop until the Government is broken by inaction,  and until they can invalidate our Constitution while we stand by and do nothing.  

    The sooner we can admit this honestly to ourselves--and the sooner we stop propping up the propaganda shows--the sooner We The People will have enough gumption to take back what belongs to all of us.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:12:25 PM PST

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