Had a person tell me I take a simplistic view of things and miss the bigger picture – actually two or three over time.
Maybe so, but I don’t believe acknowledging the obvious and saying it needs to be corrected requires an endless amount of rhetoric or hundreds, even thousands of pages of legislation designed to mask the bs contained within.
The first premise a person should begin with is politicians and governments lie, if you accept the reality of that then the nature of these hundreds or thousands of pages becomes obvious and easier to understand the underlying motivation, enabling a person to cut to the quick.
Legislation, while any particular piece may be necessary and serve a viable purpose is also about name branding, politicians want their name on a bill, more than that they want star billing and will author some of the most ridiculously counterproductive, contrived, corporate pandering legislation imaginable relying on the fact that people won’t actually read the contents but opt to accept what they are told.
The only disputes that really arise are between those holding positions of power in opposing parties – it’s a given that whatever one promotes or does the other will take issue with – it’s what they do and characterize it as choice.
The end result is a dysfunctional system mired down in conflict and ego.
Dysfunction, unlike wealth and economic well being doesn’t just trickle up, it’s as though a gravitational field exists that pulls it downward – and so the inevitable takes place and you have a gridlocked electorate floundering in the equally dysfunctional throes of party allegiance at any cost.
Seems to me a simplistic view acquires merit in such circumstance – simplistic like it if it’s hot don’t touch it – if it’s sharp be careful – if you need to be an attorney or linguist to fathom the meaning of legislation of political newspeak don’t buy into it – if you voted for someone on the basis of campaign promises and they didn’t follow thru don’t vote for them again.
Now I know someone who made a complete fool of themselves defending wannabe porn star Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger, to hear them tell it character and by extension the ability to make sound judgments has nothing to do with a persons ability to serve in an elected position – yet in being a Dem if a Rep does something wrong then character becomes the defining issue, so much so they’re still attempting to issue a free pass for the massive increase in drone strikes and non combatant body count under this administration as being blameless and doing nothing more than maintaining policies already in place and therefore has no accountability in any way, shape, or form.
They did become uncharacteristically silent though when Carlos was caught the second time, no more I promise you it is all a Brietbart conspiracy and the truth will be revealed …. well, it was, twice.
I suppose one could refer to that as a simple approach, but I think it to be something more.
The simple view I take is character and the capacity to make sound judgments are the singularly most important qualities – character speaks to integrity and being trustworthy. Personally I don’t care what party a politician is affiliated with, if they don’t have either I’m not interested nor will I buy into anything they might have to say.
That significantly impacts choices when it comes to elections but I’m not into the surrender of “voting for the lesser of two evils” thing and I don’t have a party logo tattooed on my forehead.
Some might say Weiner’s obvious issues are entirely between he and his wife – that may have a generic application but not when a person is in public office and it spills over into the public.
Not when once having done so a person attempts to float a multitude of lies about having been hacked – that would be self serving lies further demonstrating a lack of character and good judgment, and the question then becomes what else will they or have they lied about when it comes to a perceived gain in or out of elected office ?
So am I singling Weiner out? No, if you like I can list others from the opposing side lacking in character and good judgment, something I’ve done previously and continue to maintain that respect is earned.
A site I visit somewhat prominently informs readers it is an “awards free” blog – I kind of like that.
Not that I’m against awards, and if a person or blog receives one more power to them – I just like the fact that in essence the blogger is undeterred, and sort of that’s right, no awards here but I’m doing my thing.
This blog is also an “awards” free one, which is kind of funny as I don’t even know what kind of awards a blog receives, but it also isn’t a blog that will play favorites pandering to political ideology, religious dogma, or politicians.
Examples would be while I have zero use for the Catholic church I’m kind of liking this new pope, he’s kicking ass and taking names – something that is long over due, and no one can expect him or any institution to do an abrupt about face rather than an incremental one, though I can think of many instances where it would be a good thing.
So credit where credit is due and vigilance where required.
If the country is to have a president then among the field I favor Bernie Sanders while having no more respect for the Democratic Party than I do any other.
Keeping it simple works for me, you might find it will do the same for you.
We all should be vigilant, vigilant in all things, not just the world and it’s problems as they swirl around us but also vigilant in recognizing and cultivating the good things life has to offer like family, friends, loved ones, children, personal goals and accomplishments, prioritize all things within your personal orbit in a meaningful and productive way .
If character and good judgment fail to begin with the individual no reasonable expectation can exist that they will anywhere else.