August 8, 2011

Why I've Lost Faith in the Political System


I've been thinking a lot about our current political situation. You see, I kinda saw this "Debt Crisis" as kind of a final exam for the people in Washington. "Okay, you've gotten bad grades in the past. You probably shoulda looked into this debt thing months or even years ago... but now it is crunch time, let's see you guys make it happen." And they failed. The let down America. They let me down. So I've been thinking about it all. Not just the "Debt Crisis" or whatever the most current problem happens to be, but the whole kit'n'kaboodle. The point is, there is no feeling of leadership to make things run smoothly. Not in Obama. Not in the Tea Party. Not in Boehner. Not in Mitt Romney, any other realistic Presidential Candidate (there are some that I'd think would do well, but I have severe doubts about how they will fair). Of course, unless you buy into all that crap, you aren't going to get the money to get elected in the first place.

You see, our political system is broken. Now let me be clear... Our Government Isn't Broken, just the people who run it have turned it into something horrible. The Constitution is one of the most amazing documents ever written and is vital to the success of our country. People sometimes interpret it differently from each other, and that is okay.It is still amazing. Our system of Checks and Balances and 3 segments of Government create an environment that makes it very difficult for corruption to set in and fester.

What doesn't work, however, is the bloodlust party system blanket that has been layed over the top of the Constitution rendering it inert. Every political outing is an out-and-out brawl. It is the Montagues and Capulets. A war this will continue endlessly for no reason other than Democrats and Republicans are enemies. 3rd parties aren't the answer either because they don't hold any useful sway in the modern rhetoric.

My feelings are that Congress and the House are broken from its incessant self fighting. Nearly everybody is a lawyer or businessman and lawyers argue. They don't argue for what is right, they argue for what they are told to argue for. Ask any lawyer that has been required to defend someone they personally thought was guilty. It is part of the job description for better or worse. This is useful when giving someone a fair trial and trying to see something from all sides, but NOT useful when attempting to run a country. And of course, businessmen argue for what makes them more money.

I had high hopes for Obama. "Yes We Can!" That speech was amazing to me. I remember watching that and thinking to myself that this guy is on to something. This guy can get people to finally work together! But it hasn't happened. Democrats blame Republicans for not budging on compromise for the problems. Republicans blame Democrats for being wasteful. It doesn't matter. The problem is everyone is looking to blame someone else rather than see their own problems. The parties don't even need to strive to work together so much as they need to stop blaming each other and look at the problems they face inwardly.

So what do we do? Well, the only thing we can do is don't buy into the Republican and Democratic Rhetoric. Don't choose a side. Look to elect those that can truly lead. No more lawyers for Congress. No more Businessmen. Why not some scientists and engineers that have managerial experience? They may not have an understanding of all the political policies, but maybe that's a good thing. Let's have diversity among our leaders. I want people who care. I don't want the "good ol' days of Reagan" or "Change we Can Believe In." But that is wishful thinking. What is most important now is a changing of the guard. Get the old guard out of Washington on both sides. Pay attention to who is running for Congress and the House, they are the important ones here, they are the ones who will make the difference in the coming years.

Here's what I I want from the President and the rest of Congress + House: "We're Sorry. We failed you America. Let us make it up to you..." and tell me how you are going to fix the problems... not the reasons why the opposing party has created all the problems.

So until people in Politics start taking personal responsibility for making mistakes and start ignoring the opposing field so they can avoid the bickering, I've got no faith that anything can be accomplished.