Most politicians are people on parole from hell

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devilAs you might have noticed, there’s been a fair amount of political talk going around this year.

A lot of it illustrates my hypothesis that politicians–especially career politicians who don’t believe in term limits–are people who were consigned to hell who’ve been let out on parole because hell is full and/or because Satan thinks they’ve been rehabilitated and/or because having them running loose in the temporal world is the result of another one those “learning experiences” both God and the Devil want humanity to wallow through, albeit for different reasons.

Looking at the results of this learning experience so far, it appears we have failed. No, this isn’t a comment about who won and lost, but about how we’ve played the game.

Badly, I would suggest.

Will Rogers, who wasn’t a fan of government, once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Assuming he’s in a grave, he would be turning over in it now because the facts no longer matter. They’re not even funny.

We live in a world of fake news and selective-reporting-by-corporate agenda. People are arguing on Facebook, citing “the fake news I believe” vs. “the fake news you believe.” The gist of this approach is that people listen to “news” reports and editorials based on the fake news that best coincides with their view of the world as they think it ought to be. Any sane person steps into these debates at their peril usually to be slammed by people on both sides of the aisle as an ignorant troll.

So where are we now? Some say we’re in a hell of a mess. It’s so bad that most of our comedians have gone from being funny to being strident. It’s so bad that 75% of people’s prayers these days are that the people believing the wrong set of lies will perish in a flood or volcano. It’s so bad that hell itself looks like a paradise.

So, what’s to be done?

Some say, if you can’t beat them, join them. That sounds unseemly, like a sell out, like the fastest way to hell in a hand basket. Some say, “sue the bastards,”  though the trouble is, we can’t seem to agree on which bastards need to be sued. Some say, “make love, not war,” and while that’s not a bad idea, it probably won’t send the nasty politicians back where they came from. Others are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and, as we all know, that doesn’t accomplish a whole hell of a lot.

My advice–which isn’t worth a damn–is to keep silent until the extremists on both sides of the political spectrum run out out of ammo. That may take a while, but better safe than dead.

–Malcolm

 

 

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13 responses

  1. You’ve pretty well summed it up, Malcolm. I’ve thought for some time that the worst thing you could call someone is “politician”.

  2. It might be too late. Thought and those who use it it might be the first to go. It’s been nice to know you Malcolm.

  3. I think the problem that we are seeing in America (and indeed the rest of the world as well) is that, led by many in politics and other leadership positions, so many people have bought into the logical fallacy of “ad hominem”, which is summed up nicely on the website “yourlogicalfallacyis.com” : “Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hom attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it”. This has produced a wave of senseless hatred that will now be hard to overcome.

    • Attacking the person is so much easier and requires so much less tact and intelligence, that it’s like a drug that make people believe they have found real truth. So, they become addicted to that approach to life rather than trying to sort out what a candidate’s (or anyone else’s) platform really is.

      • Exactly. Now, talk about something that is so difficult to overcome, especially when it has become fodder for so much of the media. How often do we read now about the facts of a matter or the rational ideas that a person (or a movement) presents. Real, educated and intelligent journalism used to help sort things out, but when so much of the media picks sides and publishes, not the facts of a matter but their own opinions about it, it only makes matters worse. The bias is nearly always displayed in the headlines.

        • Fake news has been much discussed on Facebook. Now we’re starting to see lists of fake news sites along with charts that this display major media on a sort of fairness continuum. More people seem finally to be asking the rabid extremists on both sides of the aisle what their sources are and whether or not they check multiple news sites of just rely on the on e they like best for everything. Maybe fake news and skewed news and the opinions cased on them have finally gotten so out of control that more people will start demanding better reporting rather than blindly tuning in every night to the anchor men and women with agendas that cover up the facts.

          • We can hope. Now if the educational institutions will do the same (which is actually their reason for existence). There has been altogether too much of the “us vs. them” mentality.