Morals and Politics

I suppose this is my official apology for the rant that just happened in that last post. I don’t usually burst into rhetoric, but all the same- it’s good to get that kind of nonsense off your chest. I’m going to continue with this whole current affairs business – because it’s been quite fun and liberating to write about what I love. 🙂

A skeptical man might snort, even laugh, at the idea that morals play any sort of role in politics. Well, at least any role that matters.

To most of our population, the government and politics round up to one of the more corrupt organizations that operate in the modern free world. Which, one cannot refute, can be true in more than a few cases.

But maybe it’s from watching the West Wing too much or agonizing over History classes, despite the realist voice in my head – I can’t help but disagree on a fundamental degree.

Sure there are super PACs that donate god-knows how much money in an attempt to get what they want. Of course there are lobbyers who exist purely to influence someone by slipping some money to a sympathetic campaign trail.

Just because a senator accepts money from a giant company to fund their campaign, that doesn’t make them a horrible person. Every politician knows that ultimately, the American people aren’t necessarily the most voting-activist people in the world. They talk a lot of crap in their speeches, things about “Every American to the polling boxes” and how they are elected by the people.

That’s not untrue.

But as with everything that comes out of a mouth on television, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Relying on the American public to vote you in through mass voting has yielded disappointing results. Any reasonably smart politician knows that under 50% of our population actually vote and care about their position. Hell, barely half the people I know can recognize the name of their representatives.

So where will you get the funds to run?

Not the people.

Unfortunately, the participants that do care in the whole process are the companies. The power to make changes lies with those who are voted in. Is it so terrible and unmoral to accept funds from a company that drills offshore oil? Doesn’t that make them one of your constituents if they have a valid concern?

For some people, yes. For others, the government as a whole is this evil-doing organization that has nothing at all to do with our taxes or our roads – they think that everyone huddles up in Washington drinking scotch and smoking cigars.

Well, there’s nothing with cigars and scotch in my book – but for me, it’s so irrefutably wrong that people think of our government in that way.

There are corrupt people in our government, of course. But the majority of them are not immoral. Every one of them has morals and they try to follow them in the House or the Senate. Maybe we don’t agree with their morals of “pro-choice” or “pro-life”, I know I have my opinion. But just because a person has power and can express their opinion doesn’t make them immoral person.

In fact, morals are what make these people run for these actions. You can’t possibly think that the offices are paid well. Admittedly, they aren’t terrible and it’s probably a good job to have, but the majority of people run for the people.

Representatives of the House and Senators serve the people of the United States of America. There are petty fights behind closed doors, and deals made under expensive wood tables.

But morals are intrinsically what makes a person run for office. Perhaps power corrupts, and perhaps it corrupts absolutely – but to devote 4 or 3 years to serving your country is anything but immoral.

It’s something to be proud of. And no matter how conservative or liberal you may be, you should know and tilt your hat to the men and women who stepped up to the plate.

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