I have been forced to watch a great deal of political ads as of late, and they are proving something profound to me. I was correct in my assumption that politics in America has simply become the choice of the lesser of two evils. Every commercial that comes across the airwaves is nothing but mudslinging, there is more mud that Woodstock ’95. No candidate has yet to tell me why I should vote for them, but I am very well informed on the reasons their opponent is evil and I shouldn’t vote for their opponent, leaving me with only the option of voting for them. But since they have given me no good reason to vote for them, only reasons not to vote for their opponent, assume they believe what I believe. I am voting for the lesser of two evils.
Our two party system stopped working the minute they became the same party. Both sides of the aisle are simply concerned with serving the needs of, not the people they supposedly represent but the party its self. I watched “Man of the Year” this weekend and it was a fairly good movie although it seem to try to be a little to John Grisham for my taste. While I rarely agree with Robin Williams on anything political I think this movie will strike a chord with many people who are tired of the status quo in American politics. I look to the quotes of our Fathers who looked upon the government, not as an end all be all, to solve our problems, but a necessary evil at best.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.” –Alexander Tyler
“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”– Thomas Jefferson
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
— James Madison
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”– James Madison
A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”– Thomas Jefferson
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C.S. Lewis (I know not one of our Founding Fathers but a true statement)
Oh, if only they were not so right…
One response to “The Lesser of Two Evils”
Interesting. I agree. I remember studying political ads in broadcasting class and learning that all the studys done have shown that the general public hate negative campaigning. I think maybe politicians just can’t take a punch. They hear something bad that was said about them and think “that’s not fair” and figure it’s best to swing back.