Political Games

Sometimes, while observing the political games played out in the media, particularly during this election year, I can’t help but feel disappointed. I’m not disappointed in the biases attempted to be passed off by news outlets portraying themselves as completely objective. I’m not even disappointed in the politicians themselves who use lame irrelevant tactics and arguments to sway the voters. No…while I try to stay idealistic and positive, it’s the American people I’m disappointed in. For I know that if public option pollsters, news outlets, and politicians were called out and held responsible for such manipulative behavior, they would certainly do an about face….because they wouldn’t get away with it, let alone help their agenda.
Below is an example of the type of political games I’m referring to, taken from Glenn Beck’s An Inconvenient Book, which I recently finished.

…Democrat Michael Arcuri and Republican Ray Meier, running for New York’s 24th Congressional District, upped the ante even more. An anti-Arcuri campaign ad featured the silhouette of a stripper next to video of Arcuri. The narrator ominously said, “The phone number to an adult fantasy hotline appeared on Michael Arcuri’s New York City hotel room bill…while he was there on official business…Who calls a fantasy hotline and then bills taxpayers? Michael Arcuri.” “Bad call!” the stripper adds in a sultry voice.

There’s only one problem: Arcuri had already proven that the phone-sex allegation wasn’t true. His coworker had used his hotel room phone and inadvertently dialed a 1-800 prefix instead of a 212 prefix when trying to reach the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services. It was just a coincidence that the rest of the digits were exactly the same. According to phone records that Arcuri produced, the first call lasted just moments and was immediately followed by the second call. Does the truth even matter anymore?

Referring to such behavior by politicians Beck states, “Our politicians wield the power to change, the power to lead, the power to solve, and the power to bridge our divisions. Unfortunately, they spend the most time using their power to accumulate even more power”.
Beck, as I mentioned above, also puts the responsibility on us, the American people:

We have to realize that politicians are only a reflection of us…If we really want to fix politics, we need to fix ourselves first.

I think the first step to turning the whole thing around is to end the atmosphere of partisan shout fests and get back to having real conversations. We have to reject the candidates who use gutter politics to get elected, and we have to favor the ones who put principles over party and political games.

We the People still have the ultimate voice in this country, and we can change our course by empowering those who not only stand for the truth but will fight for it. When we start to reconnect with our values, politicians will be forced to reconnect with us.

More than two centuries ago, the founding fathers designed our system of government. But they didn’t give the most important responsibilities to the executive, legislative, or judicial branches. They gave them to us. We the People. We have the power to change everything; we just have to decide to use it.

So lets stop regurgitating the “Obama is too inexperienced” or “McCain is too old” nonsense. Let us acknowledge the irrelevance of McCain’s “celebrity” ad, or the emptiness of the emotionally appealing dribble produced by the Let California Ring campaign. I am optimistic that most of us, on both sides of the political isle, have the mental capacity and the wherewithal to do a little homework, develop valid and relevant arguments, and drown out the nonsense by voicing and articulating your view-point. When this becomes how we approach politics, politicians, of necessity, will follow suite.

6 Responses to Political Games

  1. I think you could pick up that comment and use it as a blog post. What you wrote is great advice any way that you look at it.

  2. Kendell Wrae says:

    its been too long since ur last blog bro! POST AGAIN!

  3. Jeff says:

    garrett its jeff french… where are the new posts?! i check all the time but havent seen anything…

  4. Alex says:

    The problem I see is “how”? Too many people refuse to hear the “other side” out. This applies to both liberal <>and<> conservative views. So often people argue simply because they refuse to see that the liberal ideology contain good points, or that the conservative ideology has good points, but that their side has all the answers and the opposing view is inherently evil. That’s wrong on both counts. In a discussion on Facebook, I got <>lambasted<> because of my “moderate” viewpoint, because I agree with both liberal and conservative ideologies. I was, in much nicer terms than those listed there, called a wuss for not “choosing a side.” You tell me if you think that is wrong on as many levels as I do.I’m not saying that I have the answers, but I have friends with liberal, moderate, agnostic, and conservative–among other–viewpoints, and I get along fine with them. In the concern of general discussion, I’d like to propose this: <>How do we get people to put aside their differences and discuss without resorting to the political divisions that have split this country?<> As you said, the political division problem we have here seems to be with “We the People,” so what are some steps we can take to fix the problem?

  5. Nick says:

    Aww… Good job! Garrett Myler. Just remember many more than 2 sides. We have many parties in this country that dont get much press. I think Germany has 12 parties. The 2 we do pay attention to need some fixin.

  6. Diane says:

    Garrett. I’m enjoying your website. I am just passing on a message. I think everyone needs to get involoved so I thought I would let you know about this website. http://congressorg.capwiz.com/congressorg/headlines.ttIt will email your representatives and you can voice your opinion. It is really important in this conomy right now. It is so scary.

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