I'm of the opinion most folks aren't particularly political. They bone up on issues a little around the elections, but
beyond that, they just go along living their lives, doing the best they can. The problem today is the federal government
is into everything! And they aren't making things better, they are making things worse. Think about it. We have two
parties in a constant battle to run the federal government so they can determine the best direction of the country.
The problem as I see it is this results in policy greatly influenced by politics. If you and I as individuals, not politicians,
sat down to come up with a solution to a problem, politics doesn't factor in, we are focused on fixing the problem. And
The point is government is not a logical thinking entity. Then there is the incompetence and corruption of the bureaucracies
they employ to implement their policies. That is another story.
You state that the gov't is not a "logically thinking entity", and that people only care about poltics around election time.
I don't agree. The problem is that people (citizens) make their leadership decisions (political choices) based 100% on their money. As long as the economy is doing well and the people are not feeling nor fearing any financial distress they don't care one iota about a leader's ability, morality, character, nor judgement. This very board is an example. The topics concerning personal / national finances and the situation they are in have more responses / views than any others.
The national debt didn't start with Obama. It actually began when America first borrowed $ from a foriegn entity, and NO president since has done ANYTHING to turn back from following in his predecessor's footsteps, much less actually pay the debt down. Have Americans risen up and utilized the key tenets of their Constitution to change any of that? Nope. They are far too preoccupied with talking and complaining. Exactly like the leaders they chose to lead them, they lack sound insight, reasoning, and judgement.
So many people Love the Constitution, yet those same people have sat back and watched as it has been gutted and trampled and bled publicly for all to see for generations and gave nary a yawn of concern.
Foreign Policy. What foreign policy? The American public believes that as long as we stay out of the affairs of other countries America will not have any problems with any other nations. They scoff at the idea that what happens in the rest of the world has an affect on America and on them personally.
"It doesn't effect Me" is the idea and opinion 99.999999% of Americans operate on, on a daily basis, concerning all matters. Americans only become concerned when they perceive their personal financial situations are being threatened. Then they lash out at their fellow citizens, their leaders, their gov't, and everyone else, except themselves and what brought them to the situation in the first place. The American people have had no dictators nor tyrants preventing them from educating themselves in the manners of their nation, the purpose its founders had in forming and giving birth to it, nor in carrying on in their steed and preserving their legacy. The American people, more than any other people ever have had the right, the ability, and the means to control and assure their destiny for all their generations. Yet they chose concern themselves with other matters an leave their destiny to the determinations of those who possessed the same identical desires for personal gain and prosperity as they themselves. Americans base their choices in leaders on their own personal values and then...
Its always someone else's fault when things don't work out as hoped for.
What did our founding Father's say in regard to maintaining the prosperity of the United States? To whom did they turn over the responsibility of continuance of the nation they had formed?
The gov't? Nope. A particular political party? Nope. An individual? Nope. A religion? Nope.
They turned it over to and laid it squarely on the shoulders of the American People themselves, each individual, personally and all collectively. They gave us the means by which to govern and maintain that which WE determined to be of most import. So we have done according to our values, reasoning, attitude, and judgement.
And where did the American people place it? Directly in their pocket books, wallets, checking and savings accounts, paychecks, investments, and individual ability to get what they want and live the lifestyle they determine they deserve, in the manner in which they determine they deserve to do so.
And vowed jihad on anyone and anything they perceived as being a threat to any of it.
A man will take up arms, fight to his last breath, and die to defend any threat to his money. But will nary bat an eye at a direct blatant onslaught of corruption and destruction to the morality, character, and cohesiveness, of his family, community, and nation. As long as a man's money is secure he perceives himself, his family, and his nation as being secure.
Unfortunately the ramifications for such an attitude / reasoning is that there is no security nor prosperity. When a people and a nation sacrifice the tenets of righteousness (right morality, character, and judgement and the love of such) on the alter of get and gain they become an affront to the very principles that would secure their prosperity for each succeeding generation, and are held in derision until the error is corrected or they cease to exist as an affront, which ever comes first.
People can disagree, debate, and argue both the whole and finite points of what I have said. Yet the proof of it plays out daily in the news of each passing day. As long as the focus of the people remains on each individual's financial security and prosperity first and foremost at the expense of righteousness neither security, nor prosperity in any matter or fashion will be gained nor re-gained.
The status and situation America currently finds itself in is the direct result of the character, morality, attitude, and judgement of its people individually and collectively. Period. At the point things are at now, national preservation is not in offing. People should be considering their coarse post United States, post America, in a world that is hostile toward Americans and their betrayl of the very principles they preach and once stood for.