I just wrote this essay elsewhere on a whim and decided to share it, with an original photo here.
POLITICS: THE FATAL IMBALANCE
Politics is certainly taking a beating these days. The very term “politics” is cause for a rise in the blood pressure, a widening of the eyes and a pugilistic stance in the conversation. The practitioners of politics: politicians and voters, are so heavily polarized and compromised that they will add to the troubles of a volatile economic and social environment. As a result, the system of government by the people is in a state of disarray.
Politicians are increasingly being percieved as public predators and public opportunists, rather than public servants. The recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited campaign contributions by corporations has even sullied the reputation of the highest court in the land. Many now feel that the court, itself, is corrupted enough to foster even more complete corruption of our entire governmental process.
And such increasingly comprehensive and negative statements are demonstrations of a society that is coming close to a fatal imbalance in government and politics.
The overriding concern is that our branches of government will only serve entities who are not the people. That is a dangerous position for politicians and government officials to take. When that position is taken with arrogance, grossly ineffective performance, and a lack of concern for the voters, there is a fatal imbalance in the political process.
The fatal imbalance is that all of those who give the impression of being more beholden to the corporations than to the people face the threat of being voted out of office. The problem is that these are times when the most destructive and evil of charismatic leaders can take over the government by gaining public attention and by winning the popular vote. During their term they invariably erode the rights of the people until it is too late for the people to respond. The result is totalitarian or completely corrupted and oppressive government.
The fatal imbalance is between the voter and the information that the voter receives. When the information comes in the form of rabble rousing, patently and grossly false claims, and increasing incitement to intimidation, violence and extremist views, then the voting public becomes fractured and histrionic, too. When the media favors the sensational, or favors only the views of one type of extremist, then the false information is perceived as fact, causing even more fracturing and turmoil. But it is the intimidation of the masses that is most problematic.
The fatal imbalance comes to fullness in the intimidation of the public, where legislator’s “town hall meetings” are violently disrupted by individuals who falsely claim that they are “citizens” when they are actually trained and organized by clearly biased organizations and agencies, including corporate lobbying firms.
When the voting booths are “monitored” and when voters are illegally removed from the rolls, the fatal imbalance is complete: the government, supposedly elected by the people, is no longer considered to be legitimate.
Finally, when self-appointed or government sponsored groups appear with arms to intimidate and to enact their own versions of their own laws, then the cycle is complete.
Politics enters an entirely new form of existence that lasts until the next cycle of fatal imbalance occurs.
No country is immune from such a process, and that is the true nature of the fatal imbalance in politics.