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Anywho, the professor asked us a question: how can we understand the decisions that congressmen and women make?
Me being my usual cynical self, I responded "figure out what they want." He chuckled and replied "well that's not the answer I was looking for, but now you're starting to think like a political scientist." Of course I was proud of myself, not only because he thought highly of me, but because I felt like I had stumbled upon a truth.
I've said this many times before, but politics is all about rival interests coming together to work out a solution that best works for the common good. Politics is all about what people want. I mean what else can it be? Do we honestly think that we elect a bunch of people to go make arbitrary decisions about things that have no bearing on our lives? Do government officials convene simply to engage in meaningless discussions about inane things?
Some of you might answer "yes," to both of those questions, but in all seriousness, politics is all about trying to get what you want when someone else wants it for themselves, or when someone else wants to achieve an effect that completely contradicts your interests.
So for me at least, this begs the question: why do people see American government and politics as some sort of epic clash between heroes and villains?
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Also, it seems fairly ridiculous to suggest that the Republicans somehow stand to gain something from tanking the economy. They're not going to get wealthier if the economy is in the shitter, so why would they want to make it worse? If their goal was to destroy America, and that goal succeeded, then would their money even matter? Destroying America would ensure that they'd lose all their money and power, so why would they want to? If they're so greedy, then it would make more sense that they would try to strengthen the economy so they can accumulate more wealth.
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Whenever someone paints a political opponent as a villain who wants to destroy America, or makes a politican out to be a heroic champion of the people, I can't help but chuckle, because laughing at it is the only way to get through it. That's what they all want you to think. They want you to believe, in your heart of hearts, that the opposition is the enemy, and that they are your savior. Why? Because you'll never vote for a villain. Deeply divided, partisan politics makes election time easier for those up for re-election, and it imprisons your mind.
There are no heroes and villains in this little drama we call American government. There are only people trying to get a bigger piece of the pie for themselves and their constituents. Neither party stands to gain anything from destroying America. That's not to say that their policies won't destroy America, but to assert that they actually want to ruin everything is pretty silly.