Here in New Mexico, we’ll be electing a governor, choosing between incumbent Republican, Susana Martinez and Democrat Attorney General, Gary King. Both candidates are morally corrupt individuals who are so consumed by their ambition and lust for power that they’ve repeatedly stomped all over both the U.S. Constitution and the rights of innocent individuals in New Mexico. I can back this statement up with overwhelming facts in the case of both candidates. That’s not the point of this article, however, so I’ll move on to what I really want to say. Whether you believe me or not doesn’t really change the bottom line.
Our political system has been effectively taken over by powerful special interests and individuals whose only goals are getting elected to office and then getting re-elected over and over. They are not the least bit interested in representing you or me. They could care less about our issues and have almost no stake in solving the problems our country faces. In fact, they have a large stake in perpetuating those problems and blaming their opponents for them. For a lot of years now, both political parties have relied primarily on ad agencies, staffed by people with zero integrity, to run their campaigns. They find “hot button” issues and pound on them in their political ads, thereby “mobilizing their base.” Essentially, their strategy is to appeal to the extremes in our citizenry and count on their fanaticism…both liberal AND conservative…to motivate them to vote. If your goal is to get elected, this works just fine. If your goal is to bring people together in order to find solutions, it stinks.
The media, also desperately lacking in integrity, finds this “fascinating.” They love to wax eloquent about all the ins and outs of the campaigns. It’s their bread and butter. Like the political parties, they’re very invested in keeping the process adversarial. Nothing sells like conflict. They don’t want to report on two politicians from the different parties working together to come up with a solution. They’re pretty sure that doesn’t sell. They want us to believe that the future of our country desperately depends on the ___________ Party’s (fill in Democrat or Republican) taking control of Congress or the White House. We’ll all watch with baited breath to see the outcome and ratings will soar. Guess what…it doesn’t matter. Just in case you missed it, I said “IT DOES NOT MATTER!!” As long as powerful special interests control politicians, as long as the only people who get elected are morally corrupt individuals who lust for power, as long as the way to get elected is to polarize the electorate, it doesn’t matter who we elect. None of them care about any of us and have no reason to work together on our behalf.
I know this is pretty grim but I think there’s a way out of it. My optimism waxes and wanes from day to day but I think we can do something about it. Here’s the first step: Get over the notion that “if only we had a majority of politicians with a __________ political philosophy (fill in conservative or liberal), we could get this country on the right track.” In the long, people of both philosophies need to find a way to resolve their differences and move ahead to solve problems. Currently, politicians have no reason to do that. Until we, the citizens of the United States, give them a good reason, they won’t do it. So here’s my radical idea. All you conservatives need to start having a dialogue with those “liberals” you love to bash and blame. All you liberals…oh wait, you’re “progressives” now…need to get over yourselves and your moral superiority. There are a lot of folks with conservative political views who care just as much as you do about poor people and many of them actually DO something about it. We need to temporarily set aside our very real differences and band together in an alliance to stop this dysfunctional process that currently exists.
Some short-term goals to pursue would include implementing term-limits, seeking campaign finance reforms that don’t give all the power to the wealthy, and finding accurate, unbiased sources of information about candidates so people can make objective, informed decisions. We need to push hard in a bipartisan way to get people out to vote. Also, don’t be afraid NOT to vote. Your political party will tell you that this will be a disaster for you. What they really mean is that it would be a disaster for them. You know what? I don’t give a damn. We need to hold these disgusting poltroons accountable and the best way to do is to band together with people who don’t necessarily see things exactly the same way as we do. Who knows, we might all learn something.