This proves that a roomful of monkey’s banging away at typewriters would theoretically reproduce Hamlet, by accident, if given enough time.
Here’s what the phallushead said -
“We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues. Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office. So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested.”
Remarkably, we agree on this point, but for different reasons and with entirely different long-term visions in mind.
What’s the answer? Term limits? I don’t think so. That would only ensure that we go head to head every cycle, spending bundles of cash, with a terrible ideology that shouldn’t be a part of our landscape in the first place.
No, like the penishead said, we need to think long-term. Our culture doesn’t get shaped from the government down. Our government is a representation of our education from the bottom up.
It sounds trite, but it is imperative to retake the schools, organizations, pop culture and journalism. Every kid you can mentor, do it. Even if it’s just a one-time small conversation.
Full disclosure -
I played Santa Claus on Christmas eve as a favor to a neighbor. They had a house full of kids. A few of the mothers tapped me on the shoulder and said that their kid wanted to say something to me.
The kids would mumble a question or a thank you, and then stare straight into my eyes, waiting, wanting some words that very well could have an impact on them for a long time. After all, I was Santa Claus. This carried a great responsibility. I wasn’t thinking of that responsibility at the time, and I merely said, “be a good kid, that way there will always be at least 2 good people in the world. You and Santa.”
I’m not sure I even understood what the hell I meant, but that doesn’t diminish the power of communicating with kids. Do it every chance you can. Try and think of creative ways that will instill at an early age the wisdom of self-reliance, and the folly of collectivism. Maybe the readers could give some suggestions. I’m out of ideas. You saw what I said to those poor kids!