Alright my fellow synapses, today I want to talk to you about politics. No we aren’t going to be talking about hot button issues, this isn’t that kind of place. No, today we are going to talk about political systems and their one major flaw.
Every political system has its downsides and upsides, and all of them vary greatly from one another. But there is one flaw that always stays the same regardless of what political system is used. The person or people that embody that political system are always at the mercy of the person or people that hold their power. My wonderful writer’s senses are tingling I know what you’re thinking “But isn’t keeping the government on a leash a good thing?” To which I say yes, yes it is. But like Stan Lee has said before “great power comes with great responsibility” (yes I’m a nerd). And people have always abused power to some degree.
When talking about a monarchy, the king and queen are the ones that hold everyone’s power. A noble will always try to garner the royal family’s favor, and they hope that the favor comes with more power. When talking about a republic or democracy, things get a little hazier. These two systems attempt to put the power of the government solely in the hands of the people. While it does accomplish this, it doesn’t account for the people’s ingenuity. People are always trying to garner power in the attempt to gain complete control of their lives. There is no exception to this, it is a part of our very structure. Even if it manifests in small ways, such as keeping a room a certain way, or always having your hamburger without pickles. As such, it would only be a matter of time before people found ways to play the system to their favor.
The republic and democratic systems are designed to make us the kings and queens of the country. Making the governing body the nobles trying to garner our favor. Unfortunately, we only really have noticeable control of the governing body while we are in large numbers. By ourselves we are really nothing more than a number on a ballot counter’s white board. And often, our individual wants and beliefs don’t always coincide with that of our fellows, effectively weakening our individual power. To which I quote Rodney king “can’t we all just get along?” Well we kind of did, and it didn’t turn out too well.
Once people began to realize that they couldn’t majorly influence government alone, they began gathering together in like-minded groups; all with the intention of casting their individual votes as a whole. You probably recognize these as special interest groups (S.I.G.s for short). Of course there are a lot more groups than just the few that make it on T.V, groups that range in size from 10 people to tens of thousands. These smaller groups became the people that candidates would spend most of their time trying to get on their side. If you look at it, it makes more sense to run your campaign this way. Why spend millions of dollars and countless hours trying to gather a handful of votes from every town and city, when, if you look in the right places there are entire truckloads of votes waiting to join you. And if they do join you, they will start gathering the votes for you, minimizing your workload and your costs.
Companies then began seeing a profit in helping candidates find these groups while also funding the campaign. There are also individuals who influence these small groups into helping one candidate or another. Once the candidate is in office, they are constantly reminded by the companies and S.I.G.s that the candidate owes them. The candidate is trapped, regardless of what their reasons were for running in the first place, they are now at the beck and call of the S.I.G.s and companies that got them in office. Or, at least, they are if they want to get a chance at re-election. (I kind of feel sorry for candidates that win an election this way. They are constantly pulled in every direction by multiple groups, on every issue.)
If the S.I.G.s and companies get enough candidates in office, then they can influence law, bills, taxes and so on. This effectively removes the power from the individual and puts it in the hands of the S.I.G.s and companies, who, would do what any other person would do, use this power to make their lives easier.
Then things begin to fall apart. The more these groups and companies alter things, the more difficult it is to fix them. In the case of the U.S.A, we have reached a point where the individual’s power is so outmatched that it is almost meaningless to vote. The only way to fix this problem now; is to fight fire with fire (and hope the flames don’t burn everything down). S.I.G.s would have to form with the sole purpose of trying to remove the influence of S.I.G.s and companies from government.
Which leads to my questions for you today. Is it an inevitability for every republic or democratic system to follow this path, or is it just good old American ingenuity with a side dish of selfishness that causes this to happen? Also, is it possible that even with the counter measure I mentioned, for the U.S.A to ever change for the better? Finally, is there anything you would do to make better the government?
That’s all for today fellow synapses. See you in the next topic. Don’t forget to comment below or join in on other discussions over on the forums. Have a good day, and keep learning new things.