“When fighting for your truth, you must take care not to kill it with the very arms you are using to defend it,”
Next year will be an election year for us here in the States. Listening to the political parties debate and argue who is best suited to run this country, I can relate to those words well. I have felt disenfranchised by our politics. I have felt a divide, a chasm, of the voting and what options are available. So far, I have yet to hear anyone that seems really worthy of being in office. There’s always more that I disagree with then support. For example, during the republican debate, one of the running candidates was talking about how the “Rich and powerful” congress was spending my money incorrectly. This coming from a very wealthy, equally corrupt congressman who wants to be president. If anything, that type of statement takes Camus words to heart. A candidate who is bashing the very system that employs (and ultimately would hire) him can’t stand a chance against someone arguing for more subtle desires.
Speaking of, I feel that this is largely why I dislike the Dem candidate Sanders. His position so far has been to repeat his same catch fraises over and over regardless of context or conversation. In the few months I have followed his campaign, I have yet to hear anything different then the extreme positions he takes on various issues. Not to mention the fact that its very easy to create movements over large issues by summing them up into a handful of “simple solutions”. What the public will not ever grasp is the long complicated process of any political movement. Look at what came of the Occupy movement. Lots of unorganized chaos with no resolve. However, it has influenced a whole generation to look at the political and economic issues at hand. A movement that the media ignored except for the negative and a leaderless collective of young minds had told an entire group of leaders that we need to focus on new issues. Now, after watching and growing through that small slice of history, we see what has come of it.
For me, a good electable candidate only needs to focus on a handful of issues and provide a comprehensive solution for them. If I ran for the presidential campaign my three points would capture the following:
So, I have my broad concerns. Then you must refine these points to realistic goals you could actually achieve in four years. For economics my refinement would elaborate on the social issues surrounding money. Its easy to spur a crowd by talking about reducing the earnings of the top 1% of earners. The question the[y] aren’t asking or not getting a good answer to is “How?”. Raise taxes on High earners isn’t a solutions. It’s a threat. As such, you get a great morale booster at the polls, but no solution for the long run. Here’s a solution I would like to see. The top 1% of earners are not making hourly wages like the majority of Americans. Advocating for an increased tax on stock and lux purchases would be a solution. Promising that Roth IRA, 401k and other long term retirement solutions are exempt would be very beneficial to the middle and lower classes. Increasing the stock and lux taxes would need to be explained, where does that funding go?
Military, government and educations programs geared toward promoting scientific and social advancements would be ideal. Use these new federal funds to increase NASA budgets, military research Is fundamentals in spurring growth in all sectors, however, this would be an easy segway into foreign policy. With advancing technology and recent training reports proving that our current tactics are not working, we should be more focused on minimizing foot soldier presence. I would like to see the military world more hand in hand with the UN and less, “free lancing”.
I feel that this would have a tremendous effect in our relations with other countries and proving that we can play as a team. Lastly, with education, I think the push for free college is great, however, trying to get it in your first term is not possible. Fixing the loan issues, and setting the path to more accessible education is much more important. I don’t believe that anyone claiming to enter their presidency on first term can hope to make such drastic changes as they want to. This, I feel is the fundamental issue in modern politics. There is such a high level of disbelief that picking the right candidate is as daunting as picking a home or car. I would love to study more of this phenomenon and if it has always leaked through the minds of voters or if there truly was a time when populations trusted elects and their leaders. I should run this question by Matt and see what his input is.
Matt suggested to read Anthony Kings British Constitution. It seems to be a good work regarding the effect of poly party systems.
“But you and I know that this war will not have any real victors and that, once it is over, we shall still have to go on living together forever on the same soil,” Camus’ letter is the most piercing word in this collection for far. It strengthens the points of the silliness of the war he is so against perfectly. A war, he suggests that can’t have an ending no more then it can have justification. A war, regardless of it’s battles and hero’s, will still resolve to be shared forever by it’s fighting population. This signifies a part of Camus’ philosophy as he recognizes the fleeting nature of mankind. Why waste all our efforts and talent on engines of destruction? Let us build greater education and law for all generations to grow into fairly.