The problem goes much deeper than the campaign for this election. It’s the manner in which our politics is conducted. We’ve allowed the political class to divide us up into superficial groups by area, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. No one on the political stage cares one bit for the rights of the individual.
Seriously, when was the last time you heard a politician talk about individual rights? In this age, political consultants have decided the most effective route to victory is to carve the electorate up like a jigsaw puzzle, and go after the pieces that will deliver 50% plus a margin of victory.
Its far easier to demonize a group than it is individual people (with the exception of the candidates themselves.) The dirty secret never discussed in our media is that both parties do this routinely, and to an extent we have a long history of this as a nation.
What’s different today is that the campaign never really stops. Politicians are constantly gearing up for the next race. News is no longer at 6:00 and 11:00. Misinformation is easier to spread than ever, and neither party has a monopoly on that.
We’ve allowed our government to routinely give us false information for decades. (Unemployment numbers are an easy example of this.) We have a media that in their rush for ratings, ignores facts that don’t fit a producer’s preferred “narrative.” Too many journalists no longer feel that impartiality (which was historically an ideal to which our media aspired) is as important as “doing good.”
This election cycle has been crazy, not just because of the sideshow aspect of the Presidential candidates, but because many people are coming to realize that “I’m here for YOU” or “I’m looking out for the little guy!” is simply sloganeering.
At the national level, the number of (D) and (R) politicians who actually understand and care about the realities facing most Americans is almost nil.
No single candidate is to blame for the frustration many Americans feel. Both of these candidates have major imperfections that should have kept them from this point, but here we are. The question is where do we go from here?
My first step will be to stay informed, but spend LESS time following politics. I’m going to focus on areas of my life that I can actually impact. My son, my puppy, the students I teach – these are what deserve my time and attention.
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