I watched a couple of days worth of the House Representatives going back and forth over the Health Care Bill this past week and was pretty much disgusted by the whole thing. I wouldn’t call myself a staunch Democrat, or a Republican either. So watching these two political parties bicker about Health Care so childishly and selfishly really was disappointing. I read somewhere that it’s perfectly legal for politicians to feed the people plain outright lies. Apparently if there were a penalty for lying, it would be a breach of the right to freedom of speech. I find this very disconcerting. Essentially, it’s OK for politicians to make up whatever they want and tell you it’s the truth. From what I can tell, this is mostly done to better their own personal situation, whether that be wealth, position, polls…. it’s shameful. When someone comes along that actually wants to do something good for the people, the opposition will do whatever it takes to fight for the exact opposite of whatever it is, even if that means hurting most of the people that they represent in the process. Now I realize that it’s the job of the ‘opposition’ to ‘oppose’….but how insane is it that they can NEVER agree or compromise fairly for the sake of the people that put their trust in them. From what I can see, altruism is a word that died with George Washington, reviving itself periodically, only to be beaten back by special interests and corporate greed.
If everyone in Washington actually worked as a team, so much would get done. But instead it’s like a High School Cold War, with constant predictable wars of words, occasionally spawning prepubescent-like brawls, threats, spitting and name calling, finger pointing, passing the buck and big fat lies.
And so as our leaders conduct themselves so well, it’s only natural that some of the people have come to adopt these behaviors. I’m sad to say that every day I have to meditate on my disappointment in people, friends that I consider intelligent and accomplished, all bickering on facebook, texting and tweeting maliciously and mindlessly. I too, have circummed to the temptation to interject in these offerings, wanting my opinion to be heard amongst those speaking out about theirs. But I’m coming to realize that it’s to no end. You can’t change a person’s opinion about something by arguing with them. They just get pissed off. They don’t want to see your point of view.
The irony is that half the time, I suspect that those making the most noise don’t really even know why they’re making it. I will be working on dissipating my anger and necessity to speak out every time I hear ignorance, even if I speak for a true cause, my words are lost on deaf ears, muffled by the 8 worldly concerns, and I must work hard not to get lost amongst them too.