April 27, 2012

Politics remains the art of the possible

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 12:34 pm by realitytax

Those who think political participation is about raising the noise level to “drive this party” farther from the middle  are confusing ideological purity with political reality.

Politics remains the art of the possible, which necessitates negotiation and compromise. Purists may prefer a revolution – they may even get one, if they’re very patient, but the odds are that political evolution is more likely (not to mention pragmatic, and ultimately productive.)

Many state legislatures have lately shown the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ceding local authorship and introduction of bills designed to improve the state in favor of an ideological purity which, it should be noted, favors the very wealthy (who, by their nature, are also particularly influential among those who desire to become more wealthy as an end in itself.)

The only antidote is a unified response by those more interested in the quality of their community (however that’s defined) than in the quantity of their earnings – yet waiting for unification only causes greater harm by exacerbating the egregious and ever-widening income gap.

Act. Participate.  If you’re not part of the solution you are, in fact, part of the problem. The most potent tool is the information battle for the “hearts and minds” of the public, and those who have attained power and wealth have also marshaled the resources to control, or at the very least bend and spin, the information that determines if the masses are more likely to be active or apathetic. Theirs is a very elite club with a great facility at obscuring the reality that it’s also a very, very small club.

It starts with being a voter. Actively learning about the actions legislators take is a great thing key, as is following the money by looking up donors.  You don’t have to change the whole world, but to save the prosperity that’s getting away from more and more U.S. residents you have to act like you care. 

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