My mate is a good-hearted soul who assumes that everyone somehow is motivated to do the right thing, and, when they do not do the right thing, it must be that they simply don’t understand. Because of this, she is constantly asking me, in frustration, “why can’t (some politician) understand that (some action) is not achieving the best result?”
What I seem unable to convince her of is that, from their perspectives, they may well be “achieving the best result” and that the lack of understanding is her failure to understand that these people might have a different view of “best result”.
There is no doubt that most politicians are expert at using “spin”, “weasel words” and outright deception to lead voters to think that they yearn for office simply to do whatever said voters want done. And, we the sheeple, in large numbers, continue to buy this line of bull despite decades of results that show quite the opposite. Therefore, I will attempt to analyze what the overwhelming majority of candidates for office really want. I hope you will not give up on this lengthy explanation but here it is: THEY WANT POWER!
Yes, sir or madame, they want power – and they will do whatever they think necessary to obtain then retain that power. You can bet that they will try to convince you that they want that power only to use in YOUR best interest. Yet, it never seems to come out that way does it? Worse, it doesn’t even seem to matter which “wing” they supposedly come from…democrats, republicans, liberals, conservatives… they are all equal in their ability to somehow “fail” to do whatever they promised us.
Now I will grant you that a very few of them actually believe that they are trying to help the common citizen. Even fewer of them actually do try to do the right thing, but it is never enough to make the critical difference is it? Please allow me to attempt an explanation:
I will start by repeating, what ALL candidates really want is POWER. Ignoring for the moment how or why they intend to wield that power, let us agree that power is in and of itself the objective. If you cannot accept this premise, they there is no reason for you to read further.
OK, glad you are still here. So… how does a candidate obtain (or retain) that power? By getting (re)elected. Simple enough, right?
Next, how does a candidate get (re)elected? No brainer… by getting the most votes.
How does a candidate the the most votes? Obviously by convincing the most voters.
How does a candidate convince the most voters? The same way General Motors and Proctor and Gamble do – through effective advertising followed by delivering what they promised (yes, there is an apparent contradiction here but bear with me a moment).
How does a candidate get that effective advertising he/she must have? By spending vast amounts of money.
How does a candidate secure the vast amounts of money needed? By promising, then delivering, to entities that have or control significant wealth. Entities such as very rich families/individuals (George Soros, the Rockefellers, etc.); powerful public entities (labor unions, government employees, political action committees, special interest groups, etc.); crony capitalist corporations (General Electric, etc.). And, a usually insignificant amount from everyday individual voters like you and me.
Given this very simple chain of analysis, is it not easy to see that we everyday individual voters are NOT the candidates most important constituents. This being the case, why would they base any measure of “best result” on anything we want? Obviously, they would not (assuming they want to retain that power). No, they will base “best result” on how well they delivered to those who truly matter – those who get them (re)elected. This is true without regard to political philosophy or political party representation. And, it will remain true so long as we the sheeple allow slick advertising and hollow promises to drive our political choices the same way they drive our choice of laundry detergent.
Troy L Robinson