Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mushed Up Congealed Mess, Seriously

I've been having a lot of serious thoughts lately. Most of it has been curdling around in my mind for quite a long time -- all mushed up and kind of a congealed mess. It's difficult to make sense of things when feelings are laced with anger. How to get beyond the fact that our economic dire straights are caused by powers beyond our control and seemingly beyond the control of governments? How do we make sense of lies and subterfuges when they are so carefully blended with misconceptions and half-truths? How can we stop looking for only the truth we want to hear?

It makes me very cranky, if not down right ornery when I hear government officials say 'we don't have the money', or 'we can't afford it' when so often it suits political dogma and not political reality. What I see as the political decisions of our time and place are enabling the rich to increase their wealth to the detriment of the rest. When it's the  fat cats who are telling me I have to tighten my belt buckle it raises my hackles because I know they've just acquired bigger belts. How can it be possible that more and more men and women cannot find work, and yet the big companies are making more and more money and that money is not finding its way back -- either in taxes or 'trickle down' economics or jobs?

Some say that the government is too big. But if we believe in government of, by and for the people then how can it be small? It starts with family and expands to community and on and on ... The more people are involved the more people begin to understand each other and the complexities of our societies and that nothing is black and white. I have very strong political beliefs that are left of centre -- but I also believe that it is very important to have what the British so wisely refer to as the 'honorable opposition'. Because we are living in a parliamentary democracy or a democratic republic, we are ultimately responsible for what we get.

My ancestry is full of politicians -- from Connecticut and Alabama -- so I suspect my love of the cut and thrust of politics is genetic. Hell, my great-great grandfather was a cigar manufacturer, scent of the back room! A lot of people say they hate 'politics' and politicians. But I say that politics is the grease that makes it all work. And to take the grease metaphor a bit further, it's important to have good people involved to keep the 'impurities' at bay. At the very least vote -- if you can't bring yourself to vote for any of the candidates write in your own name -- and if you won't vote -- aw go on do it anyway ...


  1. Amen. I'm a libertarian, and more likely to wish for less and less of people butting into my life, but it is vitally important, no matter which side of the many-sided political fence you come down upon, to be involved. People who don't vote (and especially those who believe that it somehow represents a rational choice that will send some sort of message) irritate me no end.

  2. Although there seems to be some doubt about who said it first, somebody once said, "People deserve the government they get". But thank goodness we do live in a democracy (of sorts). Better what we have than some of the alternatives (if you can have more than one alternative - which you can't).

  3. A very thoughtful post, Broad. Great message too.

  4. I so agree, Broad. Dispatches on Channel 4 yesterday fitted right in with what you have written about the fat cats and it made me see red.

    As far as voting is concerned, as a woman from a working-class background who is very aware of the struggle women and the working classes had to gain the vote, I find the modern apathy and cynicsm about voting actually hurts me. I'm in my mid 60s and only once in my life have I missed voting in any election, local, national or European. It's my plain duty and my acknowledgement of those who worked so hard to win for me the right to vote.

    Ooer, better get down off my soapbox and cook supper :-)

  5. I vote, have always voted and will always do so when qualified to do so.
    No, we do not deserve the government we get...our options are very limited now that any honest person will keep away from what politics has become and spends their energies in voluntary work.
    Are you aware that the European Union says that it connects with 'civil society' a try at pretending it has any popular foundation...and yet the 'civil society' with which it connects are groups funded by itself to represent 'civil society'?

  6. @the fly in the web: Your comment has got me thinking. I am considering whether people get the government they 'deserve' -- no, probably not -- but do the people get the government they have 'asked for'? -- Is that simply an argument of semantics -- maybe, but it interests me anyway! I think I'll write more about this soon! Thanks for your input ...

    I do know there are honest people in politics. Our own MP is one of them -- he's a lib dem named John Pugh. What? Haven't heard of him? Funny thing about honest men in politics!

  7. The secret to living in France, fly in the web, is not to -- summer there instead. I find it very agreeable ;-)


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