Today’s missive will probably be about the disconnect between emotion and reality in the political process. In a sense, the American political process might be the most advanced artificial intelligence system for not really changing policy for what is best for the people, but rather, what is best for a select group of people who want to control the power and tell people what they need.
I truly lost any interest in the American political system the day I was in Reston, VA and I watched Kenneth star walking across a path from one building to another. It was during President Clinton’s infamous Monika Lewinsky years, where I truly wonder what actually got done inside Washington with all the media distraction that a blowjob brought forth.
The particular image is indelibly etched in my mind. A network feed panned back to reveal the door from which Kenneth star would exit and another door across a corridor to another building he would enter. Seems pretty simple
Panning back, you saw a line of several hundred media people with still cameras, video cameras, ladders and whatever tool they could get to get “the shot” or “the image”
Then a few of them started pushing and shoving each other.
That is when I hit “off” button on television and became a statistic network executives hate to have happen. If you stop watching Television for 3 months, odds are you will never go back to watching it. Interesting statistic, and oddly, I believe in the truth of it.
The reason is, when you go back and watch, you think, “what was I watching this junk for?”
Since that day, the political system has become a gigantic money trough for everyone involved. From donors, to politicians and the media itself. The presidential election was some odd idea where journalists would go “on tour” of sorts for a few months every four years. I remember a world tour took two years straight with one band, and 5 years straight if you were doing a Broadway type show.
I digress. Last evening, I was called in to look at a show about president Obama and answer questions regarding “why did America vote for him? What has he really done?”
I did my best to explain how the American political system has lost its balance, and traditionally, it seems to operate more like a pendulum that swings from one side to another, rarely ever stopping anywhere near the middle, where most of the population lives and works
“Do people just vote based on emotions? Did they vote because he was Black and they wanted the first black president? Do Americans vote for what is best for the country, or themselves?”
These are all really good questions that I gave my answers, but sadly, a few days ago I was talking about the idea of computers that would soon be able to out write, edit, outshoot, and out distribute information with something I dub the church or the machine post. (I think it was this past week? Scroll a few days back if you wish to read about the idea)
The reality is that inside my home country of the United States. Media fear and some social breakdown of civility of human beings has led to a culture where the idea of individual rights of each person supersedes what is best or right for the country en mass.
Reality has little to do with it. It will only get worse, before it gets better. If one went back an listened to all the campaign rhetoric and promises to see what actually came true, one would realize very little changed. Very little actually will change.
Until someone stands up and says, “i believe this is the best path for our country, sans special interest and all of the favors i owe to get elected at this level.”
The media wouldn't touch that quote with a five mile long pole.