When I was younger and curious about the taste of beer, I asked my family for a sip and was thoroughly disgusted. They told me that like politics, it was for adults and I’d grow to like it. They may have been right on the point about the beer, but I still can’t see myself growing to like or have any interest in politics.
I know I’m probably opening Pandora’s box by saying this, but honestly, in regards to politics and the upcoming presidential election, who cares?
I’m obviously no political expert, but I find it difficult to gain any interest in a system that claims to be equally accessible to all, yet maintains an Electoral College to dummy-proof any undesirable results.
It’s not that I’m saying that the Electoral College is a horrible thing; people are generally idiots and studies of mass psychology have proven this time and time again. Just imagine if the city of Binghamton was reflective of the voting population; we simply can’t trust people to make the right decision in our presidential elections. Binghamton would be on the brink of hosting the next version of a city-wide and cannibalistic “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
I’m just saying that voters are shooting blanks, as it were, when it comes to the actual act of voting.
Democrats and Republicans often share the same political views, while polarizing their subjects across both ends of the spectrum under the veil of social issues that remain mostly unchanged.
For those of you who would argue that the College is necessary, I’m saying our political parties suck and offer voters and citizens very little in terms of actual progress.
I can almost feel the moisture of the tears through the newspaper as dozens of pro-Obama “volunteers” and go-getters read, outraged by this disrespect toward the American voting system. The Democratic National Committee campaign was mostly devoted to increasing participation of the country’s youngest voters.
This sense of power and the idea that young voters were volunteering and actually participating in the race for the presidency in some way mentally empowered people, though I would say it was hardly realistic.
These “volunteers” can make all the second-rate websites they want, meant to generate an example of something Obama has done while in office, but in the scope of what was promised, his accomplishments are mediocre at best.
This is not to say that a John McCain or Mitt Romney would have done better. In fact, the entire country may have just been left to rot in desolate ruins — similar to Mayor Matthew Ryan’s Binghamton.
Like religion, politics is an opiate of the masses. It’s basically a game people use to pass their mediocre lives. People will always give importance to the unimportant in order to distract themselves from a harsher reality.
I feel like this article’s like a letter being sent to the North Pole: It’ll never get anywhere. We obviously need politics to operate on a national level, but it has been turned into a giant game in which both time and education are wasted.
The best we can do is educate ourselves in the hopes that there will eventually be a candidate that isn’t full of false hope and empty promises. If the youth are the nation’s future, let’s try our best to prevent a possibly inevitable outcome of bald, wrinkly and grossly dishonest leaders and instead aim for the outcome of improving the system through honesty and education.