Politics are, more or less, bullshit and a complete sham. If that seems like a bold accusation that shouldn’t be thrown around lightly without any real evidence to support it, how about the fact that the saying, “It’s only politics” even exists, in the first place? The phrase is employed to excuse any number of unethical, morally questionable, downright malicious, slanderous, amateurish, and/or opportunistic maneuvers utilized throughout our governmental system to angle for power and personal agendas, but it has also been adopted for use by private citizens, often in a much less literal sense.
“Sorry about mildly poisoning your cat, so that you had to take time off and then, while you were at the vet, spreading a rumor that you were in rehab, planting that piece in your desk that had a few bodies on it and flooding your browsing history with child porn sites, so that, when you were then off trying to straighten these misunderstandings out with the authorities, I was at work swooping in to claim that promotion that you were slightly more qualified for. It’s only politics. We’re still cool right? It’s basically harmless. You know how this game goes. Marilyn didn’t really leave ‘for good’ did she?”
It’s all just mudslinging and filibusters and semantics, red tape, sexual penetration scandals, corporate lobbying, etc. etc. etc. Far too often the idea of getting ahead means getting ahead of everyone else or, even worse, holding or pushing others back to maintain that divide. Read the rest of this entry →