Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It seems that’s a fairly valid assessment. It frustrates me when people keep talking about the issues we face politically, but everyone says the same thing: we just need to vote different people into office. Well, how well has that worked in the past?
The fact of the matter is, power corrupts. Most people would agree to that. If you put human beings (who are fallible, imperfect, with faults) in charge of other human beings, the human beings in charge have a selling price. They will do anything to maintain that power, including being bought by wealthy people to write laws and regulations that benefit them and their corporations. How do you think corporations got to be so powerful? There are people that are allowed to rule over other people, who have the power to make corporations powerful. The true disparity between the rich and poor is the ability for politicians to writes rules and regulations. However, I slightly digress. The main point is that the powerful people have already won this battle. They aren’t going to give up control. The people in political office have already been corrupted beyond repair. Voting someone else into office isn’t going to work. They don’t work for you. They work for the people that give them money.
The conflict in Syria isn’t about humanitarianism. That’s a convenient label to stick on it. This is about the proposed oil pipeline. It’s the resource of land. Why do you think Russia threatens to bomb Saudi Arabia if the US goes after Syria? Saudi Arabia and the US are allies. The only reason I bring this up is because it’s further proof that the government does not have your best interests at heart. This is an arms race to control resources, because people in power love to control resources. How does that have anything to do with protecting the liberty of the People that it claims to have governance over?
People wanted hope and change after they tired of the wars that Bush has started. So a guy with pretty language with lace filled speeches came along, and people gobbled it up, including myself. I am happy to report that I didn’t actually vote for the guy, because I now realize that you can’t vote corruption out of the office. I’m sorry to tell you, it’s there to stay. He hasn’t fulfilled any of the promises he campaigned on. Guantanamo Bay is still open, with innocent people still there, still being tortured. Children are murdered by his drone strikes. It’s not fair to say just children, because innocent men and women are murdered too. It seems like with this Syria situation, people are finally waking up to the fact that their federal government just doesn’t care. At least, I hope so.
I believe the next step in human evolution is cognitive, in the mind. People need to start looking around them, and seeing politics for what they are, and what it represents. We don’t need an armed revolution (29% of polled voters believe that armed revolution is necessary). We need a peaceful evolution. A change in thinking. A change in ideas. Government is an idea. What gives it legitimacy? There are other ways to solve problems, and not through a system that’s rotten to the core. I really hope that a peaceful evolution is on the horizon, because we DO need change. But not through politics, politicians, or those in power.