Robert's Random Ravings

More on Presidential Politics

This is a post from my mother, Shoshana Kurzweil, continuing on my theme of changes needed to the process of electing a President in the US.

The problem with Presidential Politics is…well…politics. It’s a word that used to mean “statesmanship” but has come to mean anything but. It’s now just a four letter word with “tics” on the end.

Before the last Presidential election, I looked up the word “politics” and found the word “statesmanship” as a definition in several places on the internet. Today, I looked it up again and, just like magic, the word “statesmanship” had disappeared. What I did find was this:

Definitions of politics on the Web

• social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power; “office politics is often counterproductive”
• the study of government of states and other political units
• the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
• the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
• the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government; “unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years”; “government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics”

Close—but no cigar.

Politics should be about statesmanship—about governing the people and doing it well. Instead, it has become a contest based on money, image, and popularity (for the wrong reasons).

As Robert wrote in his blog, the race to be president depends on money, time spent on the election trail, and more money. I would add to that the following:

  • Threatens the powerful men behind the scenes the least
  • A good public face and speaking voice
  • The ability to be a good actor
  • A brilliant speech writer
  • A brilliant campaign manager
  • Whether or not it rains in certain districts on election day
  • Who can sling the most dirt—or just make it up
  • Who can talk their way out of the dirt that gets slung

And, on and on and on. Then, there’s the counting. Was there fraud involved? If not, can it be made to look like there was fraud involved?

But, the worst part is that, after all that, there is the Electoral Votes. The Electoral College does not have to vote the will of the people. How dumb is that in a Democracy?

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06/04/2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , ,

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