IN REALITY

Authored by William Robert Barber

Raising and expending billions of dollars gives political parties the opportunity (by scattershot multimedia dissemination) to amplify their particular bias. By incentivising (via cash) supportive print and the broadcast media, content producers intentionally challenge the ethical limits of their messaging. For these political wonks winning is the only aspiration. Consequently, amoral principles are the predominant transcendent guidance of their being — their raison d’être.

The didactic lesson: Within the orbit of politics the means is irrelevant and subservient to the results and the ‘how’ one wins is strictly a post-election inconsequential.

Voter participation for this year’s midterm is deemed extremely high; which means that 50 to 60% of the eligible did not vote. Nonetheless, news outlets boasted the turnout as unusually high.

Possibly, the low number of people voting is because citizens are no longer interested in self-governance? Perhaps, Americans have evolved from the self-reliant to the utterly unconcerned? If so, perchance, it would therefore follow that the belief in self-governance is considered passé.

Plausibly, Americans believe that the political thoughts of 1789 are nothing more than remnants of an irrelevant ideal; an ideal that is extraneous to the challenges of this modern world wherein the citizenry considers governance of, by, and for the people too burdensome an endeavor.

The trendy preference does seem to favor governmental dependence on the wherewithal of a bureaucracy chockfull of appointed wonks. Over and over again pretty words and handsome faces prove the voters’ preference.  A thought! “The people,” and their belief in their sovereign power is nothing more than a fanciful wish-it-were-so. Whereby the truth of governance has little to do with the people and more to do with the power of some of the people.

Some of the people derive power from their natural ability and practical experience coupled with an education, formalized to render these few the cognitive skills required to lead. Others within the few may have derived their powerful position from applying excellent follow-ship skills, therefore enhancing the effectiveness of their leader’s wherewithal. Withstanding!

America’s democracy is not in practice people-governed nor does this nation govern of, by, and for the people. America is governed by the few in the interest of the few. Nonetheless, the concept of noblesse oblige, good sense, and the desire to remain in  power obligates the few to embrace pluralism.

At a minimum, a democratic republic requires intense participation, askance, and the courage to pursue virtue over self-interest. However, the American people are preoccupied, disinterested, overwhelmed by governmental ambiguity, confused by the multiple pieces and parts of the process, and easily swayed by pretty faces and words.

America’s success has dulled the average American’s interest in self-governing. “Let someone else do it” is the popular theme…

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