Election season is on us again here in America and we know what that means – lies, lies, and more lies. This is nothing out of the ordinary; the lies just get ramped up during this time, and it is the granddaddy spectacle of political life. The presidential election serves to highlight, more than any other time, all which is disturbing and wrong in our politicians and our political system.
Politicians lie about all kinds of things which become evident as campaign promises are repeatedly and systematically broken by those who obtain office. These people are pathological liars who lie consistently. It’s a disease I call Diarrhea of the Mouth because every time they open their mouths the only thing that comes out is a bunch of shit. That may sound harsh, but the truth often is. The biggest lie about the elections is that they are a democratic process. They are not. Democracy was taken out of the equation a long time ago. The end result is that the person with the most powerful people and organizations behind them – along with their money – wins, and I believe this is decided long before the show begins, and make no mistake, it is a show.
The debates are painful spectacles to watch if you have the stomach for it. They are not debating in the true sense of the word but giving a simulated performance meant to maintain an illusion of engagement and participation in a democratic process that exists in name only. The two main political parties hold all the power with little difference between them except stances on contentious domestic social issues. It is on these issues that people who vote must choose who they consider to be the “lesser of two evils”, and I have lost count on how many times I have heard people make that remark. This is a serious indicator of a system that is broke and dysfunctional.
The elections aside, it is common knowledge that politicians lie, and it is unfortunate that it has become so par for the course that many have become apathetic about it, even though the threat posed to the citizens they supposedly represent is very real. Politics is a game with extremely high stakes. This game cannot be played or won by being nice or good. There may be the odd politician here or there who is decent, but they are rare, do not have much impact, and tend not to last long within the game.
Politicians strive to present an acceptable image to the public, and they rely heavily on their duplicitous language skills and professional composure and attire to accomplish this. This makes it especially important to look beneath the surface and see what is really in play. It is time to call the politicians out and expose the true nature of their existence.
Politicians are modern versions of courtesans reminiscent of the courts of kings. This too may sound harsh but politicians spend most of their time not representing and working for the people but soliciting for money and currying favor from those with money and influence to give. The only real difference is that they are not selling their bodies but their principles (if they had any to begin with), their votes, and most importantly, they’re selling us out. Collectively, we pay a heavy price for every secretive deal that is cut, for all legislation passed with its hidden implications and obscure language, and for all the misdirection they employ to distract us from seeing too closely what they are really doing.
Politicians are predators. Their positions, with the money and influence it brings, are how they define themselves. Protecting and retaining those positions are extremely important to them. They view their privileged existence as a right, not as a responsibility, and regard people outside the world they inhabit as expendable. They have twisted the logic to suit themselves by adopting the belief that they are not here to serve us, but that we are here to serve them. They are always contriving new ways to take our money and our liberties. And they do it with a smile on their face.
Yet politicians are also puppets. They are the tools used extensively to take from, and control, the masses. They are owned by the people they have sold themselves to, and this makes them expendable too in the end. They are very aware of this – how can they not be? – as there are always others ready and willing to fill their shoes if they fall short of expectations, and this more than anything else keeps them in predatory mode. It is not survival of the fittest, but survival of the most pliable. Karl Marx once said that religion is the opiate of the masses, but what is the opiate of the politician? It is status, money, and influence, and works quite well to keep them pushing the agendas of those who control them – and it is not us.
Returning to the subject of elections, some people complain about those who choose not to exercise their right to vote. As people come to believe and understand that their vote does not count, they lose their reason and motivation to do so. They are correct about their vote not counting, but not voting is precisely what politicians and their backers want to see. They know that in the end they will not have to take from us that which we have already given up, and they are dead set on a course to take as much from us as they can.
Then there are people who keep hoping for a candidate to win who will do what they say they will. I do not think this is possible any longer. The system is so corrupt and so controlled that such people would never be allowed to obtain office. They may be allowed to participate in the race but do not get any farther. The third-party candidates on the ballot are there for show. It is part of the illusion that we have a choice, but these people have little more chance of winning than you or I do.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see and hear people enthusiastically backing a certain candidate. They may think they are voting for change or the best candidate, but all we get is more of the same, and I think it is safe to say that things get progressively worse with each successive administration, and this has been the trend for decades.
I have heard and read in various contexts over time, as I am sure most have, references to the few being sacrificed for the good of the many. This is not a true statement when looking at the political climate today. It is the many who are being sacrificed for the good of the few, and our politicians are complicit in ensuring that this happens.
“Politicians are masters of the art of deception.” ~ Martin L. Gross