Some of you may wonder why I don't want to write about politics on this blog. It's pretty simple, you would all end up hating me or trying to get me elected to office. There would be no middle ground. My political viewpoints are somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun's (the wuss) unless someone tugs at my heartstrings with a picture of a poor hungry waif in a slum somewhere, in which case you may call me St. Douglas the Socialist.
That's what politics is all about, isn't it? Manipulating the public's emotions in order to garner votes for a person you wouldn't allow to date your ugly step-sister? Whoops, just went sexist there for a moment. That disqualifies me already. My political opponents (of which, I am sure there would be hordes) would see to it that I was thoroughly raked over the coals for that one.
So, no political office for me. Besides, the only one that might interest me is Supreme Emperor of the World. And that doesn't exist... yet. When it does, sign me up.
It's not that I am not interested in politics. I am. I am fascinated by it. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I'd liken it to mud wrestling but that is less sleazy and I would be doing a disservice to the women who engage in that art form. My interest is mostly in the campaigning and other political maneuvering.
Most campaigns seem to be about telling you what the other candidate(s) will do to make your life more miserable than it already is. Each claims to be the one person who will treat your tax money like it is sacred. Which is probably an honest admission when you think about it. They all worship it.
- According to Sigmund Freud, "projection" is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. It is a common process that every person uses to some degree.
Most campaigns are classic studies in projection. Candidate A accuses candidate B or being exactly the scoundrel that he, himself, is. Maybe it's jealousy, maybe B is just getting away with more than A is. B, in reply, accuses A of unfairly attacking him and of being a hypocrite while saying he would never accuse A of being either a pedophile or a wife beater in spite of those stories about him. The truth, as we all know, is that both candidates are probably only lying about themselves and are likely telling the truth about their opponents.
This brings me to the political "supporters". These are the people who ignore the faults of their chosen candidate while deploring the same faults in the opponent. If they are noteworthy people (celebrities, politicians not currently in a campaign, former office holders of some kind, or other political pundits) then they can be found on various political talk shows on TV telling as many lies as possible. In that sense, they are a like like athletic supporters; a necessary thing but which smells after being used.
A politician is someone who can tell lies out of both sides of his mouth and do it with flair. He can promise to lower your taxes while increasing spending. He is all things to all donors and voters. In that order, I suspect.
And, yet, we pin a lot of hopes and dreams on them. We are an odd species.
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