Why Politics Hasn't Changed Much Since the Ninth Grade

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Posted on July 05, 2006 11:06 PM in Miscellaneous
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I was browsing around Bloglines' Most Popular Links page tonight, out of pure boredom, and came across a story in the Washington Post titled GOP Seeks Advantage In Ruling On Trials. By the third paragraph I had arrived at the following:

That statement, Boehner said, amounted to Pelosi's advocating "special privileges for terrorists."

Even taken out of context, that quote has to set up a few flags for anyone with half an ounce of intelligence, doesn't it?

Reading half the article (it's unfortunate that I read any of it) got me thinking about politics in general, and how really it all boils down to one big smoke-and-mirrors puppet show to see how many voters you can fool into thinking you're the one to vote for. That thought took me back to the ninth grade, when I ran for vice president of my junior high school. I have no idea why I ran for vice president. Afterall, I had no experience in getting rich off the misfortunes of others or shooting dear friends in the face (unless SuperSoakers count), so what was I thinking?

But seriously...I remember the key to getting enough votes to win the "election," if you can even call it that, was to awe enough of the student body during a single assembly to get the majority. My running mate and I didn't talk about the things we would do for the school, or why it was important to vote for us. No, rather we led an extremely lame simulated rainstorm and, needless to say, didn't win the election.

When I think of the arm-waving and name-calling that goes on in politics at the national level today, though, I can't help but think of all the parallels to that ninth-grade mentality. It isn't about your message, or what you want to accomplish. It's only about what you can convince voters of in terms of what a vote for you means vs. what a vote for your opponent means.

Let's be honest here. How many people really believe that any politicians want special treatment for terrorists? The answer to that question is probably not what I think or hope it to be. If you could believe W was worthy of a second term, I guess you could believe anything. I've said it once and I'll say it again...

Ignorance better be bliss.


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