Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,A magician is fun to watch. We are amused and amazed when we see, or think we see, an elephant disappear at the hand of a wizard. We know that the elephant didn’t really disappear, but it seems to have. Politicians don’t make problems disappear, they just ignore them. The magician’s tricks are harmless. Political trickery is dangerous.
The masters of political deception live in Washington, DC. Collectively, we agree that the Washingtonians are more problematic than amusing. We are not so critical of the politician for whom we cast our vote. That is because adults are reluctant to admit their errors. We don’t want to believe that someone we voted for could be a bad guy.
The successful politician depends heavily on the human trait of denying the truth, even, as with the disappearing elephant, we know better. Until we accept that our guy is as much a part of the problem as any other elected official, there will be no improvement in the body politic and America will remain under threat. The major threat is that America may go the way of the hoop skirt and the buggy whip.
If we see a magician nail jello to a wall, we would know it was a trick. If a politician said he could nail jello to a wall, people would believe him. Little of what politicians do has anything to do with governing and everything to do with their political objectives such as reelection, party dominance, and their continued stranglehold on America. The core cause of all this lust is who gets to decide how government dollars are spent, in what quantity, and who the recipients of the cash are.
We like to think that we have two political parties with differing ideas of how to govern. The fact is we have one political party. The successful swamp denizens in Washington are required to forego any allegiance to the Constitutional words and principles or the voters who elected them.
The politicians do very little to protect and preserve America. They waste many dollars preserving other nations. Pentagon and State Department spending runs into the billions and trillions. Shooting wars produce death for American soldiers in places where they have no legitimate reason to be. Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and more recently Africa are on-going travesties that maintain the international drug trade and the military-industrial complex.
The most significant export from Afghanistan is heroin and dead Americans. In Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, the free flow of oil dictates policy. U.S. military presence in Africa provides an outlet for billions of dollars in foreign aid for tribal thugs living large at the expense of their African subjects and American taxpayers.
The culture war, which we are losing, is another example of the failure of politicians. That is because they have made global warming, open borders, racism, God, transgenderism, and multi-culturalism, political, rather than cultural, issues. Right and wrong should not be political issues but in modern America, they are.