Thursday, May 17, 2012
Mad Rant: Willful Ignorance
Europe (and the United States) is in financial crisis because governments have spent far more than they have. More than that, they have spent more than they can ever hope to pay back in the future and have made promises to pay hordes of people that they can never keep. The political class (and they are a class with most major parties pursuing almost exactly the same policies) have effectively used the democratic process to buy the votes of the people to get themselves in power by promising all sorts of government programs and whenever something goes wrong they call on the masses to vote them even more power so they can solve the very problems they themselves created. The people then complain when the economy fails, they complain when politicians do not seem to be accountable, that they get away with horrible corruptions and so on and so forth but they never, EVER even try to use that blob of gray matter in their half-empty skulls to look at the situation and realize that THEY are the ones who voted for these people, that THEY are the ones who demanded all the freebies and the handouts and sold their vote to the politicians who promised to deliver them.
I would like to think that some peoples somewhere have gotten the message, have woken up and recognized the reality that surrounds them, but I just don’t see it. Where the people have voted out one party and voted in another they don’t seem to be making any connection between the party and the policies (though to be fair, they are usually much the same). No, it doesn’t matter what the policies are, they simply vote out the party in power because they happened to be unlucky enough to be sitting in government when the bills came due. In most cases, there is not a great deal of difference between the policies of one party versus another. Some people recognize this and complain about it but they never seem to take into account that there is a reason why big parties got to be big in the first place and why they resort to sleazy, underhanded, dishonest tactics in holding on to power. Because it works. Because the people reward them with lucrative public office. I hear British people complain loudly about how much they hate both the Tories and the Labour Party and their grip on power. WELL STOP VOTING FOR THEM THEN!
The sheer volume of willful ignorance, of voluntary amnesia and utter stupidity being displayed positively staggers the imagination. I nearly blew a blood vessel a while back listening to the tirade of abuse on a British television show toward someone who dared to defend the residual powers of the monarchy. One panelist snidely asked if the person in question (Peter Hitchens) would be better pleased if Britain was ruled by the monarchy again. Like that’s an absurd notion. I could have punched out the screen! I wanted to shout, “LOOK AT THE MESS AROUND YOU IDIOT!” To add to my mental anguish, this same person had just been complaining endlessly about how terrible the government was, what a bunch of corrupt, incompetent hypocrites they are, completely oblivious to the fact that it was all done by ELECTED leaders! Considering what they have done, there is not a doubt in my mind that if HM the Queen was suddenly empowered to dissolve Parliament and rule in her own right, she couldn’t possibly do worse than the elected leaders even if she tried. I think my head is going to explode. How on earth can people complain and complain and moan and groan about how terrible their elected leaders are and then still support making the House of Lords electoral?