“It’s not the people, the politicians, as history has proven time and time again, it’s the “system”. You too would be just like them if you were in their political shoes. You may be the most honest god fearing do-rightest person on the planet but you would fold right in with the mix and probably be pretty good the lying and thieving. Everybody is when they get in that position.
Sit back, pull that little handle on the side of your chair, lean waaay back, all the way. Close your eyes….and dream. Dream of a job where you get you paid a lot of money and have lots of assistants who just adore you. They do all the heavy lifting for you. All-day long, day after day, you are exposed to numerous opportunities to gain wealth and power. You sit in meeting after meeting with like-minded people that have one thing on their mind – wealth and power no matter what. Quickly you learn that you have to lie, repeatedly, with a straight face, and ignore your conscience. In a very short time, you’ll be lying like a pro and your conscience won’t even be a distant memory.
You will never be held accountable for your behavior no matter how despicable or illegal because all the people that could hold you accountable if they wanted to are even more despicable and criminal than you. Before too long you will figure out that the more despicable and criminal you are the higher up the ladder you will scale, and the more wealthy and powerful you will become. Yeah, you could get used to that.
Your 5 multi-million dollar houses, your million dollar wardrobe, your chauffeur, butler, and maids, the hookers and blow, all of the things that are part and parcel of the American kings. If anything ever threatened your new legal criminal lifestyle you would fight nail and tooth to not just derail your attacker but to absolutely destroy him, mind and body, as fast as possible.
Open your eyes, sit back up, push the handle back in, and think. People are people wherever you go and when they find themselves in an environment that benefits them opposite from what they always believed those same people adapt to that environment for it is most pleasing, and most pleasing is what life is all about. Yes, you too could be a politician and you could be dammed good at it.
One more time. It is NOT the people. It IS the system. It is deeply flawed and has been since it’s conception. Back when a million bux was really big money Jefferson stole 15 of them and bought Louisiana when he had no legal authority to do so but was he drawn and quartered because of that massive theft? The criminal US political system was already working as it should in 1803 and has excelled more than Tom could have ever imagined, just look around.
Political skirmishes come and go but the system broadens its criminal reach every single day until such time that it will no longer bear its incredible weight. There is no tool for which the citizens can wrest control of the system and therefore must go along on the ride. Many of the citizens like to think of themselves as front seat drivers, of a sort, giving silly directions, keeping track of the journey, etc. Some of the citizens have remained clear-headed and realizing they too are along on this maniacal ride and there is nothing to be done about it, they believe themselves to be hostages on the hot rails to hell. Cast that vote and reap that whirlwind. Or, understand that you are considered a criminal that can be caged and killed in an instant, and live true to yourself and everyone you know directly, and stand firm in your conviction that you will never be party to criminal behavior no matter how popular and stylish it is. Be an honest human being. Or be something else.