Voters tend to believe in political ideology much more than those who are actually running for office. Naturally candidates will more often than not say whatever they must in order to get elected and worry about their promises later. Oh well, that is politics I suppose. Still, finding a candidate to believe in can be a rather difficult endeavor especially for those who don't turn on to the electoral process until the home stretch. Rarely, if ever though, do voters get the full measure from the men and women they eventually commit to.
And no where is that clearer than when voters try and decipher which judges to retain or not - know what I mean? Speaking of Judges, the Democratic Machine is no stranger in getting longtime political hacks to move on over to the judiciary when and if golden opportunities exist to change the outcome of an election or two. Is it any wonder then that we have a rigged judicial system? Hell, it took a Delaware Judge to see that former Mayor Daley's nephew Robert G. Vanecko and President Obama pal Allison S. Davis were screwing taxpayers by mismanaging government pension funds. Now do you see what I mean?
Still, for most people, their political choices pretty much comes down to a belief in a particular ideology as opposed to the candidate being the best qualified for the job. Personally, I have always tried to look for candidates who I thought were capable of doing the job as well as having the guts to buck the party if their position is to deny Americans the proper discourse required to solve a problem. Americans should not be held hostage by partisanship and/or obstructionism.
What is it about this false sense of security in a particular political ideology? As I have said umpteen times already - ideology isn't all it is cracked up to be and way too overrated. Matter of fact I don' think it even exists, at least not in the traditional sense. You know, I have this friend who claims he isn't a Tea Party loyalist but you wouldn't know that by what he says - especially when he starts rattling off all the buzz words. Now don't get me wrong, the man is my friend and I respect his opinion, but I have to wonder if he sees the full picture?
As such, I once presented him with this rhetorical question:
Why is that Gay Rights Groups hate Tea Party supporters when the man behind many of the Tea Party core beliefs sits on the board of a Pro Gay Rights Advocacy Group? Yes, Grover Norquist (and even Ann Colter?) is on the Advisory Board of GOPROUD. Now isn't that some sort of an affront to just about every Social Conservative who identifies themselves as a Tea Party Supporter? After all, aren't Conservatives generally unified in the belief that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman? Yet, here is a guy that is leading Tea Party Candidates around by their nose rings who evidently has another take on that issue. So what's up with that?
My friend says: "well gee I didn't know that and that doesn't make me happy." Then I ask: "Well Why In The Hell Not?" But I guess it just goes to show that people only want to hear the part of the message that resonates with them while choosing not to look deeper into who's saying it.
But hey, that is just one example of the hypocrisy behind one of the major forces of the Tea Party, but I think you get where I am going with this. And let's not forget that the original intent and purpose of the Tea Party Grassroots Movement was hijacked by these hypocritical political psychopaths. That is why I think that true Political Ideology just doesn't exist anymore. Besides, if you think about it, how can anyone dispute that politics is nothing more than a game of promoting narrow agendas instead of solving the nation's problems? Politics today is all about power and greed. Nothing more and nothing less. So far as I am concerned Grover Norquist is nothing more than a wealthy lobbyist whose only real concern is preserving his own wealth. And if the truth be told, he and others like him, are part of the 2% who want to dump all the costs onto the remaining 98%. At the end of the day these 2% are strictly in it for themselves.
Of course Chicago Democrats are in it for themselves too. They will pander to people and tell them that they are the true defenders of their rights - yet they have no qualms stripping them of those rights whenever it interferes with their agenda. Sadly there are ethnic groups who will swear by these politicians despite knowing that they will ultimately be the hardest hit when it comes to their own public safety, public health, education, etc.. And if that demographic just happens to be poor African-Americans and/or Latinos - well guess what? They will get screwed even more!
You know, I have never understood this silly phenomenon of people voting mindlessly for an ideology that doesn't seem to exist. But what I find even stranger than that is knowing that they will go out and do it over and over and over again! Even though all they have to do is take a good hard look around them to see that they have been deceived. I don't know what it is, but it certainly can't be about politicians and their operatives being particularly good at wagging the dog. So I guess we must fault the people who fall for the deception.
People should be smart enough to realize that politics have absolutely nothing to do with defining or adhering to a particular political ideology as it is about distorting them!
America is now at a crossroads and the only thing that will pull her out of the quagmire is if people really begin taking the process seriously. And it really should go without saying that if their original political choices are not courageous enough to do the job that they were sent to do (in whichever government body) then they need to be removed from office. And that should be particularly true for those of us living in Illinois. The political corruption and cronyism has destroyed whatever semblance there is to living in a democracy. Why? Because people have misunderstood their role and then accepted what they have been given as the norm.
Well dammit, it should never have ever gotten to that point.
Politicians who continue to ignore the will and the welfare of its people are not fit to govern. Nor is engaging in questionable, if at all legal, activities that deny constituents and taxpayers their rights to fair and transparent representation.
Man, I sure hope people finally wake up and see what they have created. Before it is really too late.........
Then again this is just an ordinary guy's opinion!