You hear numbers these days, about a Trillion dollars-this and Millions of People-that. What the hell? Who actually thinks their opinion on "politics" has any impact that can't be handled by a Customer Service desk?
When you hear of millions losing their unemployment benefits, or millions without health care, or millions living in poverty, do you really care? Of course you do! When you hear of trillions in federal debt, of trillions in wealth going overseas, of trillions in resources being owned by a handful of people, what can you do about it? What, vote Republican or something?
All these intellectual arguments I get into with friends-- anarchism, objectivism, socialism, ISM-ism-- these are arguments that poor people have. People in power don't bother with ideals, with "right and wrong". Power is its own reward.
Gee, I wish I was a US Congressman. Awesome pay, full benefits, retirement, free offices fully staffed, free transportation, and all the money I can weasel for my friends. All I'd have to do is to eliminate any sense of right and wrong from my thinking. Sell my Soul so to speak. Hey, if not me then someone else, right?
Honestly, if I was elected and serving on the House floor, what could I really accomplish? Is there truly any debate or discussion that can carry the day? Do ideas trump cold cash? Every bill today requires a 2/3 majority in the US Senate, and that demands compromise (i.e. cold cash).
And to make it to the US House, I'd have to represent the interests that were able to put me there. It would take at least a million dollars to make an effective campaign and upset an incumbant, perhaps twice that. In a district with 1/2 million people, with 1000 financial supporters--- you do the math. There is absolutely no way to finance an election without catering to a handful of rich and powerful contacts.
Again, who thinks their opinions on "politics" has any impact?
Well, I do. Screw these nabobs. I'm going to continue to fight the good fight. If I want to work out a deal, it's not going to be with these marionettes. I'll make my deal with real people, the "least of us", We the People.