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When I think about politics I see that we're all a lot closer than we all realize. I mean that.
We've come to a basic consensus about just what kind of government we like and we argue about the specifics. And then there are people on the extremes that are working their asses off to convince us that their vision of the world will produce the results that we all want. We have a difficult time discerning just who the whackos are.
What we want:
A free society where we can do pretty much the stuff we want to do and limit the things we find annoying. I know its an unrealistic image. Most of us can live with a relative amount of annoying shit in the world. Some of us have no tolerance whatsoever and waste our time trying to ban gay people or CEO's. The rest of us live with the annoying shit and sometimes we even learn to love the messy world that we live in. Sure I find televangelist annoying as all get out but I have no short or long term plans to get them sent on a one way mission to mars, even though that's a damn good suggestion.
We want government to pay for the things we want and stick it to the people that piss us off. We don't want the police sniffing around when we're being naughty or kinky but we want them there in a flash when our stuffs being messed with. Most of us are probably small "l" libertarians but with a strong empathy for others. We express this by either creating government programs or practicing "tough love". I think most of us realize that politicians are full of shit but some of us look the other way because we've spent too much time explaining to others that the other party is evil incarnate. We should have just kept our mouths shut.
We don't learn from our last mistakes so when yet another email message pops up that says "You're a Winner" we click it and think "hey maybe this time." We all think that the laws of nature don't apply to us. We suffer under the illusion that we're all just a little bit more deserving than everyone else. This leads to an untold number of nasty consequences which mostly involve running red lights.
So its no surprise that we think that giving power to ourselves and our friends is a good idea. Its not. You're not any more worthy than anyone else. That's why we get so many cases of some "holier than thou" moralizer getting caught stealing money or sticking his wick in some forbidden wax. Just how many times do we have to write tales about power corrupting? Rings of Power, Swords of Kingship, Talismans of Godlike Sexiness? We all succumb in the end. Its best to pass things along. Treat power like a hot potato. Keep it moving.
Another truism: we lie our asses off to get what we want.
Related corollary: We'll deny lying and even rationalize why it was necessary.
We'll cheer on the home team even when its painfully obvious that they suck. We lack the ability to be objective in the face of emotional issues. So even when the evidence jumps up and down in front of our face we still manage to focus right past it. We're stupid like that. That's why we need institutions. They protect us from the people who currently hold power and their inevitable stupidity. They will do something wrong. We will do something wrong when its our turn.
Bet on it.
(and if you find an Talisman's of Godlike Sexiness.... email me! I umm... lost mine.)
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