Has anyone else noticed that the rhetoric that is being bandied about by the candidates does not truly parse the way that it would seem to at first blush? It is, in my opinion, in their “gaffs” that their true agenda seems to be most clearly illuminated!
Mitt Romney says that he does not care about the very poor [because they have a safety net and that if it needs fixing he will fix it]. Personally, based on nothing more than observing the laws that they pass and the actions that they take, believe this statement. I truly believe that the Republicans, as a whole, don’t care about the very poor. There is no gain in their doing so. The poor do not, after all, give campaign contributions.
But more telling, I think, is the reaction to this statement. None of his opponents have come out and outright disagreed, they have said things that could be taken as disagreement, they have objected to his saying it, but they haven’t disagreed!
Mr. Santorum said not that what he said was wrong. He made some weak comment that if it was true it was a description of a party he wouldn’t want to be in. Mr. Gingrich responded that he thought that the people who relied on the safety net would prefer a trampoline to help them reach the upper 1%.
One of the many problems with the rhetoric is that not everyone can be in the top 1%; it is mathematically impossible. By its very definition, there must be 99% of any population that fall below the top 1%. More importantly, the field all talk about their electability and how the goal is to be elected – to make sure that the current president loses his reelection bid.
The problem is that the Republicans have been in power for the last two years and any action they think would make things better, seems to have been put on hold! It’s all politics! Not that I am saying that I agree with the other party!
Being somewhat Jeffersonian in my views, I think that the political parties are the bane of democracy! Their goal (as is so clearly reflected in the rhetoric) is to get elected. They want to get in power and stay in power.
They depend on people NOT being involved in the affairs of the day. They depend on the populace being compliant and uninformed. How ironic! The electoral system that we have (with the electoral college actually electing the president and the populace electing electors who are supposed to represent their interests in the election) was specifically designed to protect the country from an uneducated populace and it now more-or-less depends upon one. How sad and ironic.
But as with Marley’s Ghost, we wear the chains we ourselves forged. By being uninformed, disinterested, and pliant, we invited the party system we have. We asked for politicians who lie to us and try to play on our ignorance and apathy. The only cure for the situation would b for us to actively take an interest again. Not in the sophistry or the jingoism. Not in the party system, but in the affairs of public. Become informed! Take an active role in where your town, county, state, and country are headed.
You are a part of the problem unless you are working for a solution.
Wherever you are today I hope that you will take interest in current affairs.