The Politics of Control

In my lifetime, North American politics has mostly operated under the rules of negotiation, debate, and consensus. That’s because we’re democratic nations. It’s what takes place in the Houses of Parliament in Canada and Britain, and inside the House of Representatives in the USA. Think Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It’s also what makes new legislation take so long, because it needs to be thoroughly considered and reconsidered before it’s fit to be enacted as law. This means that, while the wheels of governance may grind slowly, what comes out is well thought out, looked at from all sides, and usually in the best interests of all, or at least the true majority.

Oh, sure, occasionally we’ve had to deal with leaders who felt that they had all the answers, and that their views were superior to everyone else’s in the nation. People like Richard Nixon, Stephen Harper and George W. Bush (well, Dick Cheney), who hastily forced their myopic agendas onto a reluctant populace, and who, by-and-large, got away with it.

But their decisions, while sometimes self-serving and contentious, still fell within the scope of democracy and freedom. We voters may have disagreed with them, but we still knew that these leaders were within their rights to govern as they did. At least at no time (well, maybe a bit with Harper) did we ever feel that they threatened the fabric of our society, or the very principles for which we stood. In fact, it could be argued that it’s quite possible these leaders actually felt they were looking out for the best interests of their respective nations.

But suddenly America is experiencing a different kind of government… a government of control. A government that is out to enforce a practice of exclusion, aggression, and defensiveness against a world that is already having a tough time adapting to the new realities of globalism. And it’s doing this supposedly to appease the irrational and narrow-minded fears and anger of a small minority (approx. 25% of the total US population) who voted them into office.

I say “supposedly” because the government is actually carrying out its own aggressive, hate-filled agenda… an agenda that just so happened to appeal to enough voters to put them into office. In other words, the government is doing what they want, but blaming it on their voters. Pretty slick, huh?

And, no matter what the intentions of such a government are, this kind of control can only be attained by unilaterally acting against the wishes of the bulk of the nation. Because a nation consists of different points of view, different philosophies, and different priorities & objectives. Before contentious or radical policy is enacted by any democratic government, it must first be scrutinized and debated by the representatives of the people. And that’s not what is happening in the States right now.

Control requires an over-simplicity of thought… they’re the bad guys, we’re the good guys. Science is bad, religion is good. Climate change is a hoax. The media is corrupt. Muslims are terrorists. Mexicans are rapists and murderers. Homosexuality is deviant behaviour. Science has a political agenda. Vaccinations cause autism. Abortion is murder. Greed is good. Women belong in the kitchen. American products should only be made in America. Foreigners steal jobs. Wealth is power. Might is right. That sort of thing.

To those who would attempt to exercise such absolute control, the world is viewed as black & white. That’s what allows them to carry out their quick, decisive, and sweeping reforms with such horrifying expediency… no debate or discussion is tolerated. It’s single-minded authority. Debate and discussion merely introduce shades of grey that obfuscate the issues, and that take time to consider and discuss. Absolute control hates indecision and delay. And it certainly hates debate and discussion, because that rings of criticism. And some leaders just hate to be criticized… know what I mean?

It must be becoming obvious, by now, that Trump’s Administration is exercising the politics of control. And, by any definition of this phrase, this means it prefers to issue policies that are dictated by directive. Which, by definition, means governance by dictator-ship.

America, you must find a way to put a stop to this now. Or you will forever regret your indecision, and lament your hesitation. The future of your nation, and the world, depends upon what you do in the next short while.

I’m just sayin’


About wordswithbrad

Let's see. I guess first and foremost I am a life wanderer on a journey of discovery and experience. Can you tell I am a child of the sixties? Along the way I have become many things ... a College Professor (now retired after 28 wonderful years), a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, a singer/songwriter, a musician, an artist, a world traveler, a fan of science fiction and history, and a student of human nature. But my greatest accomplishments are being father to two of the most amazing and accomplished young men I have ever known, and husband to the incredible and delightful woman who made that possible.
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