Wonderfully...as if! It’s more like picking between two piles of shit if you ask me. There’s nothing wonderful about the two party system or the politicians that head for offices.
It’s the same corporate sponsored agenda, with different colors. Red, blue, left, right, it doesn’t matter, both parties are the same. They both want to bow down to the companies that fat fill their wallets.
Of course, one party advertises themselves as the party “for the people” of the working and middle class, but even they, namely the Democrats, are just as corrupt, if not more so, then their Republican brothers.
And that’s all it is: branding and advertisement. Look at companies like McDonald’s and Burger King -- they both sell burgers, but they brand themselves with a certain image and roll out ads in order to lure in customers and confirm that sale. Likewise, the Republican and Democrat parties brand themselves with a certain image and roll out (campaign) ads to lure in citizens and confirm that vote.
Everything these politicians accomplish, even if if it does *seemingly* benefit the average person living in this county, is only achieved because it furthers the agenda (and thus profits) of their corporate sponsors.
There’s a trail of money to be followed.
Legalized marrijuana,for example, happened not because these politicians have any interest in giving the American people the freedom to choose what they consume. They couldn’t care less what you or I think. The only reason marrijuana has been legalized is because there’s profit to be made in the marrijuana industry. That’s it.
Believe me, it has nothing to do with respecting the rights and freedoms of citizens and it has everything to do with respecting the wants and wishes of the companies that pay their salary.
Unless you’re giving a politician millions of dollars, then your voice, or vote, doesn’t really matter much in this whole thing. You’re as relevant to the electoral process as an ant is relevant to a whole forest.
Now, this isn’t some sort of political commentary blog, nor do I intend to make it out to be one, but given it was Election Day recently, I want to make a relevant post about that. The focus here will of course be on the Lazy Mindset and how it's important to be lazy as your civic duty to your country. And without further ado, let’s dive...right into it!
The Illusion of Free Choice
You go in the poll booth and have the quote on quote “freedom” to choose an official you think is fit to hold a position in office. It’s more like a choice of “who do I want to screw me over”? Am I right?
There really isn’t much of a choice here. A lot of people feel like they’re picking between “the lesser of the two evils evils”. Like okay, any system that has me choosing between Evil A or Evil B is corrupt at the very core. I mean, fuck! How ‘bout this? How bout I don’t want evil? Like at all. I don’t want the “lesser” of evils either. No evil.
Yet that’s the common consensus: you have the freedom to choose between who you think will fuck over you, and the rest of the country for that matter, a bit less than the other. Seriously, what kind of backwards logical modern civilization accepts that as a practical way of doing things?
Like I don’t want to pick evil, at any level. I want good. Good for people. Good for the country. Good for everybody.
You know it’s bad when pretty much anyone who says they voted says “Well I don’t really support either candidate. I just picked the one I thought wasn’t as terrible.” C’mon man, that’s just sad. How is that acceptable?
People aren’t voting for who they *actually* want. They’re voting for the person they feel like they “have to” .
The two-party system is a long outdated practice
. It really doesn’t allow for *real* people to run for office. We’re left with the sleaze bags who will do anything to raise their paycheck, even if that means signing in a policy that completely ruins society at large.
Unless that candidate is backed by big corporate sponsors, he or she just doesn’t stand a chance in getting a few votes, yet alone winning the election.
Sure, there are other parties, like the Libertarians and the Green Party, but never in the course of U.S. history has such a party won an election. Ever.
It’s impossible for the little guy to gather enough votes in the election to be put into a position of power. Money is power. And unfortunately, because money basically determines the results of the election, or very well the top candidates anyway, only those who are willing to sacrifice their human decency for money are going to get a shot at being on the election ballot.
So what can you choose, as a lazy man? Conservative? Liberal? It doesn’t really matter. Just be a dude with an opinion.
There’s this sort of tribal war in the United States. In fact, it seems like quite an ironic joke that we call ourselves the “United” States. We’re not very united at all. In fact, this country has never been divided. We're divided by race, by sexuality, by gender pronouns, by left or right, by all these seemingly inconsequential things.
When at the end of the day, [ everybody is just another dude with an opinion]. We’re so focused on what separates us, what keeps us apart, that we ignore or turn a blind eye to the things that keep us together, that actually unite us as the United States.
And that’s exactly what these people in power want. That’s exactly what the corporate lobbyists who are paying their way to put in place policies that only expand their riches - they want us fighting amongst ourselves, rather than against them. After all, if we’re too busy shouting at each other, then we have no energy left to rise up against our real oppressors -- the greedy corporate billionaires.
Race, gender, whatever - these are all but a ruse to keep us too busy to actually insist on change that would be worthwhile, like redistributing the wealth being hoarded by DRAGONS *ahem* corporate owners.
Fighting over race, gender, sexuality, and all that is just drama. And life of a lazy man is a drama free zone. It’s extra effort and exerting extra effort is not something a lazy person wants to participate in.
Sit back, relax, and listen to what other people have to say. Ya know, have a real conversation, rather than regurgitating talking points of your favorite news host or screaming insults at each other, calling each other names like “tradcon, feminazi, and libtard.”
This accomplishes two things. For one, it allows others to air their points of view and actually be heard. For another, it lets you say your own piece without being misunderstood.
Understanding is key to building a relationship, and very well the key to building a collaborative society of people. It’s not necessarily about agreeing, but about having a mutual understanding of where the other person is coming from. That’s what rebuilds relationships and that’s what can rebuild this country. But what do I know? I’m just a lazy dude and I don’t study politics.
Debates need to be replaced with discussion forums. Arguments about politics should turn into an interesting exchange of ideas.
We, collectively, need to be open to hearing different opinions than our own, rather than locking ourselves away in an echo chamber, where all you hear is your own opinions bouncing back to you.
And that becomes so easy in the age of social media. You’re not seeing the news. You’re seeing YOUR news, the type of news that supports YOUR views. You're seeing opinions that align with YOURs. You’re seeing people that agree with YOU.
And so when we hear anything different than what this echo chamber repeats back to us, we try to isolate it, rather than welcome it. We all outkast those who are even slightly different than the very particular thoughts and feelings we ourselves have.
We have to be open to hearing different perspectives. Again, open, not agreeable. Be willing to sit on back and listen to each other for once.
I know, it can be scary, hearing something that doesn’t quite align with the way you see things. But relax, man. Take a deep breath and embrace disagreement.
Besides, the world would be very boring if we all think and act the same. Our differences are what makes us human. We’re not droid clones, programmed to regurgitate talking points. We’re actually human and can hold this cool thing called a conversation. Get to know a person and where their coming from. You should try it some time.
But seriously, sitting down and talking, not necessarily agreeing but giving a chance to air each other’s points of views goes a long way in re-uniting us as the States.
Now back to this whole election thing. What do you do? Who do you vote for as a procrastin8r? Who do you choose on the ballot?
Well, you can choose to stay on the couch. You can choose not to give a fuck.
Or as George Carlin said
“On election day, I stay home.”
The choice is pretty much made for you. As we covered earlier, choosing between “the lesser of two evils” really ain’t much of a choice here. Might as well embrace your laziness and stay the fuck at home during the election.
I mean, why waste the effort of getting out of bed, getting dressed, and walking/driving/commuting to the nearest poll booth, only to get screwed no matter who you vote for or whether you even vote in the first place? It’s a lose, lose, lose situation here.
You’re really getting fucked either way. And people may say “well you can’t complain if you don’t vote.” Well, of course I can complain! YOUR the one who voted for them, while I chose not to vote for ANY evil, lesser or not. I get to complain about their shit all I want.
Now to clarify her, I do vote, personally, and perhaps that may be a bit hypocritical of me to say that, but I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment anyway. Fuck elections. They’re corrupt as shit, watery, gooey shit too at that!
A random solution?
Now before we wrap up, I want to introduce perhaps a bit of a solution to the whole electoral process and government-running as a whole. There’s something called a Democratic Lottery.
A Democratic Lottery is where citizens are chosen at random, sort of like the jury selection, then given the opportunity to meet together and discuss public policy and come up with solutions.
You have different people from all different places who hold different beliefs, picked in a “lottery” of sorts, in order assures there’s no echo chamber and there is actually a difference of opinion.
Now what does this achieve? Why would this be better?
Well, you have real people, with real opinions, sharing their real beliefs. You no longer have fake politicians with false promises, who have the ulterior motive to satisfy their corporate donors.
We eliminate the corporate bastards from the system and replace it with, well going back to the whole understanding thing, people trying to understand one another and doing what’s best for society.
They have genuine concerns and not fabrications to justify profits. If there’s a way to actually give the power back into the hands of the people, instead of these corporate lobbyists, then I’d vote for that!
Take it Easy,