People seem to think all change emanates from the top and trickles down, kind of like that trickle down economics concept that has been proven to be an egregious lie.
Change I believe originates on the local level, and by it’s very nature begins with the individual and demonstrated within the home first and foremost.
It’s a shallow facade to be “for” the environment and not exhibit that within our immediate surroundings. It’s an equally shallow facade to be “for” equity and not demonstrate that in our day to day personal conduct and dealings.
Maybe we have the right to expect more of elected representatives than we do ourselves, but I would argue that and point out perhaps the miasma the country finds itself in is the result of a such a lopsided equation.
If we live a philosophically lopsided and haphazard lifestyle I’m not sure how we can expect something different of others.
Ultimately I believe all politicians and any in a position of authority should be held to a higher standard, as the influence they wield affects an entire population, and in doing so provide an example, become reflective, and above all representative of communal and local values which in turn would or should be national values.
What we have instead is indicative of the confusion and uncertainty so prevalent today – both of which by construct and intent lend themselves to an existing tiered layer of influence wherein the wealthy and corporations enjoy the best of everything from tax breaks to directing favorable legislation, and the rest of the country, especially depending on demographic status, are offered patronizing rhetoric and the leftover offal swept from the table of the ruling class.
There has never been an election when the mantra hasn’t been “change”, usually accompanied by promises of transparency and open government.
Yet government has become increasing secretive, intrusive, and manipulative.
Ultimately the responsibility for that belongs to the electorate who continue to go for the same old song and dance and fail to hold even the very candidate they voted for accountable.
It’s becoming more difficult with the passage of each election cycle to first find a trustworthy candidate, an honest man or woman, and to then get them elected.
If one emerges they are attacked, ridiculed, and marginalized by a willing media.
Money and vested interests predictably tip the scales while both sides of the aisle carry on about campaign reform and refuse to relinquish the associated perks.
Campaigns in my opinion should be predicated on something other than who has the largest war chest. That could be accomplished by equal access to the media, with the media providing such access as a public service and part of their licensing mandate….that would change the entire influence through donations circumstance.
The so called presidential debates shouldn’t be restricted to a list of pre approved acceptable topics or questions furnished by the candidates, and should have stayed in the hands of an organization like NOW who backed out in protest of such lists.
As it is the election process has been commandeered and manipulated from top to bottom with an often times biased media skipping merrily along playing hopscotch as money spills from their pockets and bloated corporate magnates chortle in glee.
As indigenous people we have not had a voice for generations and only now can be heard to any degree – the rest of the country seems to be unaware that they are systematically being stripped of theirs.