Politics Schmolitics

September 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Minutia | Leave a comment

Polite convention dictates there are a few things that you don’t discuss with strangers – politics and religion leading the list.  Since I’ve never been one to keep my mouth shut, I’ll try to keep this brief.

I was raised, and in many ways still am, a religious conservative.  And since the mid 80s, that has meant that there has been a considerable social pressure to vote Republican (thank you Ralph Reed.)  But in my few years on earth, I am growing more and more convinced that you can’t legislate morality, no matter how hard the moral majority may try.  It doesn’t really matter how strong your conviction – if people want to do something you are diametrically opposed to, no amount of shame or threat will stop them.  It’s called free will – even the staunchest protestant or evangelical has to have some passing familiarity with the concept.  If God gives us the ability to ignore Himself if we choose, how silly do we have to be to think that we can impose human will on others.  As such, it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense (for me at least) to vote on morality.  It has been a waste for the better part of 100 years now.

Which leaves me asking, what is the point of government?  I would proffer that it is for the good of the people as a whole.  That’s right – not the good of the majority, not for the minority, and certainly not for the good of the top 1/10 of one percent.  Call it socialism if you want, but I think it is the social expectation for those with means to care for those without.  I might even go so far as to point out some dude named Jesus had a bit of a thing about caring for the poor as well, but I digress…

So perhaps appealing to your ideals isn’t your cup of tea.  You say ideology shouldn’t be a part of the discourse?  Fair enough, how about taxes?  In that case who you support probably boils down to how much money you make.  Guess what people – I’m poor.  And chances are (statistically speaking) so are you.  Don’t take my word for it, check out this little table.  How about leadership?  Would you rather the guy that missed 45% of the decisions he was asked to weigh in on?  Or would you prefer the guy that missed 64% of his?  Perhaps you’re more issues oriented?

Me – I’m brushing up on my French and Spanish so I can move to one of those crazy “communist” countries when I retire.  Woot for socialized medicine!


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