Politics, conundrums and paradoxes

Some people say they don’t like politics, some say they hate politics. I guess what they mean is that they don’t like the things human beings do when politics is involved. Since politics is most simply defined as the desire of another person or group of people to gain and hold the power to control over some part or all parts of our lives, it’s quite natural to resent being forced to give in to their demands. The alternative is anarchy which may seem to be the political ideal if thought of as an absence of governing authority and absolute freedom of the individual. Experience shows that this yearning for the ideal condition leads to social disorder of such a degree as to make every man subject to the rule of every other man physical stronger, and what first appeared to be a mecca of individual freedom becomes the most draconian imprisonment of soul and body since the rulers are everywhere and cannot be restrained.

Thus, politics is the quest for individual liberty in an ordered society where each man’s liberty is protected from each other man’s depredations. It’s something to desire, not to dislike. The results, however, are always mixed and never perfect. The choice between anarchy and politics is not a choice between good and bad, but rather a choice between not so good but better than a worse alternative. Because human emotions and biases can be messy, politics involves contradictions, conundrums and paradoxes.

Here are a few such consternations, which I received from the missus’ friend, Paula:

Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

And here’s another one worth considering…

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

I blame it all on the people who say they don’t like politics and therefore ignore politics and therefore don’t have the necessary information to make wise choices in electing their representatives. The result is not so good and, so long as those who dislike politics constitute a majority, it’s for all of us whether we follow politics and not. We end up ruled by what is essentially a criminal gang.

Check this out: The Wrath of Pelosi, the Cool of Marino

And this: OBAMA’S RECKONING  In the current Hamas hostilities against Israel, we have seen Barack Obama and John Kerry join in the war on the Jewish people.