Sunday, February 10, 2008

Policy What Policy

The Republican nomination seems to be all but sealed by John McCain, however the Democratic nomination is far from over, in fact it is the most exciting thing on television right now, politics is the same all over the world, it is about rousing the mob, playing to the mobs fears and desires. Tell the mob the bogey man is hunting them down can bring about rousing fear, playing to the constant revolution, ask Mao Zedong, kept the mob on its toes with many countless changes of tactics, the most famous being the cultural revolution, if there is no enemy without, then the enemy is within, just a tactic to remain relevant.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are a great show, proving politics is not always dull, though it can be tragic when politics means the destruction of a society like what occurs in Africa. Mrs. Clinton and Obama are not likely to wreck America over their political battle. Following closely the elections I know of no policy, that is irrelevant, taking power is relevant, both candidates I am sure have fantastic advisor's who after attaining power will make sure America continues as a prosperous society.

Both politicians use slogans, one can not expect the mob to have time to listen to details, therefore we have Obama’s change, change to what nobody really knows. We also have Clinton’s I am experienced, well experienced to do what, both meaningless slogans. If it was about experience why bother have elections, the incumbents have more experience. Both slogans are meaning less but it has provided us a great experience in political use of words, appeal to the masses.

I am going to change this, meaning there is something wrong that is why it needs change, what is wrong, nobody has bothered to say, but something is wrong and there will be a change for the better, it is time for something better, how do we get the better, somebody better have faith. Politics anyhow is about faith it is about believing another human being in societies that allow oaths to be broken everyday. It would be better to take a society that protects the right of the individual than to place so much hope and trust in a human being. Not counting that, think about Obama, his mind truly harks to long ago, when there was great hope just after slavery, to people like Frederick Douglas who said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong” as well as “Right is of no Sex — Truth is of no Color — God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren.” (Frederick Douglass)

Clinton evidently takes some advise from Lyndon B Johnson, “I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.”, “Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.” and, “You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.” (Lyndon quotes) Truthfully, Clinton has played politics, I doubt she meant any harm by saying that it was Lyndon who made it possible for blacks to vote in the South, it is partly true, but would never have occurred if blacks did not complain bitterly and take to the streets, and many sacrifice their life’s.

ever the case, this going to be a great election, well at the least great primaries, and somebody believes policy matters. Policy only matters when you have the power, better be prudent then or you could destroy the society.

But still the individuals rights are important, putting so much faith in a human, they always say this and that, but in most instances refuse individuals to use their knowledge by legislation, and mostly through power games, media’s control of perceptions is power.

Bhekuzulu Khumalo

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