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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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March 2014
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Something that I wrote in a political discussion elsewhere, but I like it so I'm sharing it with you

A good politician will know both when to compromise and when to stand their ground, an uncertain one will do too much of one or the other. We have many politicans, IMO, but all too few statesmen/stateswomen. -- confettiofstars

Very true. I think it may be one of the problems of mass communications and information. When you had to wait for a candidate to show up, had to read his or her position in a written format -- then you had time to make up your mind. Heck, *they* had time to formulate what they wanted to say instead of making off-the-cuff mistakes, or misphrasings. With media bombardment it feels like you've got to make up your mind right this instant instead of allowing the year or so previous to the election give you enough information, in it's own time, to make an educated decision.

Maybe we should call it fast-food politics, since it's a lot like making decisions based on the pictures at the drive-thru at McDonalds. It's quick, easy, and just as bad for you, after all.

The ultimate shame of it is that our "fast-food politics" often means the louder, scarier minorities have a disproportionate voice because they apparently seem bright and shiny and appetizing to the consumer who can't be bothered to read the fine print about the nutritional content of what they're putting into office. People who either vote just along party lines, or only care about a few issues reach out for that big mac with extra-special-cyanide-sauce because the grilled chicken salad looks boring.

And then, because of the power we hold as a nation, everyone in the world gets the sloppy big mac, with supersized fries and a ginormous coke, when all they really wanted was a cup of water, maybe with a slice of lemon. Then they end up staring at the meal served to them with a hint of disgust, wondering what the hell is wrong with us.

...and there's a metaphor that got kind of out of control. Still, I think it may be a fair description of our current system because too many people bitch without trying to do anything about it, or vote out of habit instead of perusing the whole menu.

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I couldn't agree more!