Politics is a complicated subject. Even understanding the structure of government and the various ideas of capitalism and democracy is not enough to get a good picture. Then there are the political parties to which people seem to want to pick sides and cheer as if they were a sport team. Politicians are in a sense sport stars that like the best of the NFL or NBA players get in trouble and cause controversy. So how do we make a decision in a process that it is a best cloudy and at its worst smoke and mirrors?
I wish I had a clear answer. In life they say the more you learn the more you realize that you know nothing. It is the same in politics. I try to read and listen to as much information about not just the U.S. but the world as I can and the more I hear the more confused I become about where I stand politically. It is not to say that I have no convictions, but am I really standing behind my convictions when I vote for someone? Do I really understand what that person will do for me as my political voice?
The congress and senate are perfect examples. It seems like when there is a vote the reasons and ideals that made me vote for a candidate are only a percentage of what eventually influence that vote. The people representatives ask for favor votes for one another and in the end they have to at times sacrifice their principals for either a vote the owe or to buy a future favor. It sounds fishy because it is. We vote because we think that person is going to represent us.
Democracy come from the Greek δημοκρατία (demokratia), δημος (demos) the common people + κρατειν (kratein) to rule + the suffix ία (ia), literally “the common people rule”. Are we the people really ruling?
The recent Palestinian election is to me a perfect example. We as “America” are trying to spread democracy. In a way the satirical movie Team America seems more accurate than what the overall idea of spreading democracy Bush administration style is. We say that we want to spread that, then Hamas goes ahead and wins the election. The whole world is surprised by a “Terrorist” group winning an election and now everyone is scrambling to make them give up their ideals. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a supporter of Hamas, but if you are going to promote the ideal of Democracy and the rule of the people then you have to know that when you let the Palestinians vote they might be more in line with erasing Israel from the face of the earth than agreeing with a peace talk that gives them a fractured state and no real roadmap to becoming a sobering nation.
That conflict is very complicated, ongoing and historically painful. Will a new election solve it? Will Democracy really help them? Is Capitalism the answer to every problem?
In the end I am left with the same idea that I had to begin with which is my base for world politics. End world hunger and you will see a decline in conflicts.
Democracy, Palestine, Hamas, Israel, Bush, Politics, Capitalism