I Hate Politics

There, I said it. I despise politics and the sleazy people that make it their life’s work. But no, I don’t think getting businessmen or other civilians involved will improve things. It will only corrupt good people. It is the form that is fatally, terminally, irreparably flawed.

You see, I consider Governance to be humanities greatest invention. Governance is where individuals gather together, work together, join together, to deal with problems that face all. Governance is people building the dam to stop the floods. Governance is the police and courts that deal with people who want to harm others. Governance is the rule of law, not the guy with the biggest gun. Governance is how things get done in a society. You can thank Governance for schools and roads. For food that isn’t poisonous, for clean water and air, for every house having electricity, and for the house being built to standards so it doesn’t fall down. That is Governance. 

Now I hear you saying that this was all done by politicians making political decisions. No, it was done because those in charge did what the people wanted or needed. Politics is the exact opposite of Governance.

Politics is the parry and thrust of people who want power, prestige, and profit for themselves, regardless of what it does to the wider society. You see it all the time. Something happens, immediately those in opposition act like it was a massive breakdown in management, that those in charge must resign, that it is incompetence at the highest level. Conversely those in power defend themselves, regardless of whether they made a mistake or not. Both sides use distortion, fabrications, exaggerations, and lies to defend their position.

Most tellingly in all of this, nobody talks about the problem, how to solve it, what needs to be done for the good of the people. What needs to be done for the good of the city, state, province, or country. Each individual playing the political game is fighting for their own personal power and wealth, to the detriment of everyone else. 

I’ve seen this over and over, those in power want to do something. The ones in opposition fight like hell to stop it. The ones in power see a problem that needs to be solved. The ones in opposition deny that the problem even exists, no matter how desperately, and obviously, the problem needs to be addressed. No matter how much suffering the delay causes among the citizenry. A good honest person in charge makes a mistake, an honest mistake of no consequence. The opposition acts like it’s the worst most immoral and incompetent thing ever committed by humanity and try like hell to drive the good, honest man out of office. Those in power rally around the person, even if it wasn’t an honest mistake. Nobody is interested in a little thing called The Facts. The one constant has been that politics has been the enemy of solving problems, of good governance, of The Facts, of the people.

There is another consequence of politics ruling public lives. When those in opposition DO finally gain control of the government, they arrive with a cynicism drawn from the struggle to climb to the top. Once on top, the new leaders know that they are just one peccadillo away from getting thrown out. One verbal gaff from losing it all. One natural disaster from getting blamed for all of the suffering of mankind and being frog marched out in disgrace. As a result there is a drive, I’d say a subliminal imperative, to profit while they can. Deals are made, pockets are lined, palms are greased. Why not? If they are going to get tossed, they might as well get thrown out for something big and profitable. This is corruption, corruption that is a direct and traceable consequence of politics. 

And don’t think the press is going to try to find the truth. They are so wrapped up in the horse race that they long ago stopped trying to find out who is right and who is wrong. The Press would rather get the two sides in a room and let them argue, so they can score it like a boxing match. Coverage is all about who is ahead in the polls. What this will do to this or that politicians standing. Who is on the way up, and who is on the way down. Can someone recover from this blow. The ethos of sports reporting has saturated much of The Press, driving good journalism out. Determining the truth behind the slander and innuendo isn’t even a question any more. The press is now little more than enablers, for a very sick system that helps no one. 

So yes I hate politics and politicians. Every once in a while I run across a bright, eager kid fresh out of high school. They want to change the world for the better. They want to improve humanity’s lot. They want to make a difference. When I hear that I am filled with hope. Then they say they are going to University to major in Political Science, and I die a little inside. They might as well say they are going to become a prostitute. At least then they would be honestly trying to screw everyone for money. Politics is essentially the same, but with a nauseating hypocritical facade of honestly. 

Politics and politicians are the direct opposite of good governance, of civilization, of humanity. Politics will be the downfall of humanity. When that happens there will be a tombstone a mile wide and three tall proclaiming “Here lies the remains of Human Civilization. Brought down by its inability to govern itself. Doomed by politics and politicians to ignominy.” 

That is unless the politicians get involved, then they will argue and pose for the cameras, but nothing will be accomplished.