I find myself writing this with a much heavier heart than I had thought possible given that it is to be a piece about politics, a topic that very rarely inspires my passions. At least to date, I am not a political beast. I don’t ascribe to party politics and do not have a 100% agreement on policy on either side of the fence. In this aspect, I think I am the average voting American. Until this election, I believed myself to be engaged, but not enthralled. I’ve not missed an election (even mid-terms and local elections) since I became of age, but I don’t enjoy watching the circus that surrounds the election seasons nor do I care for the political slandering and reality distortion that happens incessantly between elections in preparation to be the winner in the next election. I am abundantly aware of the absurd dichotomy that lives within the politician where one should have a calling to work for the greater good while simultaneously having to play the dirty game of politics in order to get to power necessary to affect your changes. I am also painfully aware how HUMAN and IMPERFECT our politicians are. I buy in whole heartedly that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton, 1887). Oddly, it is one of the reasons why I have felt somewhat safe in previous elections. In previous elections, I believed what I had been told by civics classes and constitutional experts. I believed that our system of checks and balances protected WE THE PEOPLE from any situation of absolute power, thus protected us from absolute corruption. I believed that this same system allowed for the voice of the minorities and minority parties to be heard and considered and even on occasion embraced and incorporated (as we have a wide variety of minorities and have very rarely had an overwhelming majority in the popular vote for any candidate, this was a comforting idea). I also believed that WE THE PEOPLE wanted this fundamental cornerstone of our democracy. I believed that we were inherently united, as the stories of WWI and WWII would lead us to believe. I believed that we wanted to find our common ground despite political discrepancies between us.
I was naive.
- a government that SHAMEFULLY falls short on taking the necessary measure to adequately reduce OUR EXACERBATION of the CLIMATE CRISIS?
- a government that openly tries to deter particular groups of people from voting?
- a government that transforms journalism into an extended arm of their propaganda machines, and a media that laps it up as greedily as any glutton?
- a government that openly profits from and encourages dishonest propaganda techniques to confuse voters simply to maintain or gain power?
- political practices that ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE engagement of the population?
- a government that re-organizes voting districts to favor their own party and not to be a true reflection of the people who live there?
- a government that has, over the course of the last 20+ years, dismantled many of the checks of our checks and balance system to favour their own party without regard to the effects on OUR democratic process?
- a government that confuses an electoral college landslide with an actual landslide?
- a government that tells half of it’s population that their hopes, dreams, concerns and opinions mean nothing to them because the government knows better what is needed outside of Washington?
- a political system that infantilizes the population?
- a political system that allows a complete disregard of scientific fact?
- a population that has so completely lost its objectivity about WORDS that we can no longer agree on the difference between obviously hateful soundbites that are designed, by nature, to inflame the spark of racism, misogyny, misandry, & xenophobia, and a true lessening of “politically correct” rhetoric?
- an enraged population that seems unable and decidedly unwilling to try to see our common ground, nor to work towards LIVABLE COMPROMISES that would allow our country to heal?
- the cold, hard reality that the culmination of this election has left us with nothing more than the skeletal remains of a democracy for WE THE PEOPLE that is very quickly turning into a hearty democracy for YOU THE POLITICIANS AND SUPER-RICH.