Positivity Link: Disney and occasional cases of decency.
It’s election time in America again and the media will not let us forget it. I live on the other side of the ocean, and yet there’s still talk about Biden and Ryan and a whole sea of Obama supporters (for some reason us Brits don’t like Romney. I think it’s something to do with the Mormonism. Or the unnerving smile.) Even here in English politics, the entire country was able to groan when Nick Plebb “apologised” for his party’s lies and then readjusted his tie in preparation for the 2015 elections.
Politicians on both sides of the world are preparing for their slinging matches and proud voters are buying badges and shirts to publicly affirm their support for X party. And I have to admit that I just don’t understand it at all. Democracy seems to be a popularity game, with an entrée of lies for the voters and a main course of unfulfilled promises. And yet the public buys into it every single time.
Of Crows and Democracy
Perhaps I’m just a pessimist when it comes to democracy. I’m sure many of you may disagree with my views (especially if you’re an American voter, who seem to be the most enthusiastic when it comes to this matter). But I’ve begun to think about where I stand politically, because when the next voting period comes around in England I’ll be old enough to register and cast a vote. And yet I’ve become so disillusioned with the vulgarity and endless cycles that I’m not certain I will vote at all.
Perhaps an older reader can correct me, but it seems like very few/no politicians ever deliver on their promises. Or try to. It seems to me (and perhaps this is biased by my perception of British political parties) that when a faction comes into power they begin things by tearing down any trace of their predecessor and then set about doing whatever they like, regardless of the consequences? Parties drag each others’ names through the mud like children, compete to snatch up the most popular ideology in order to get the public vote and promise different things to different demographics, whether it’s going to war, promising a crackdown on immigration, a support (or lack of support) for gay rights, whatever. One party gains the power and sits on it until the next election time. And so the cycle continues.
Yes, I hear you say, democracy gives us the freedom to make an informed choice about our country’s rulers. At least we’re not North Korea or the USSR. But many people make choices heavily influenced by cooked-up propaganda or their favourite actor/parent/relative proclaiming the best political party. And if our dissent to the governments laws (like protests to illegal wars) is ignored, or worse more propaganda is used to gather support for those laws, is it really freedom?
I don’t really know yet where I stand politically or whether my views make any sense; this is a disorganised rant after all. But I do know that I trust neither of the candidates for the American presidency, nor do I trust the three main parties in England. Politicians are individuals I don’t want to be forced to touch with a ten-foot pole, never mind agree with.