Politics Isn’t Easy, But It Beats Dictatorship

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I remember when the tide changed. It was Reagan who first started making fun of liberal politicians and their well-intentioned meddling. They didn’t have the wisdom to let the marketplace self-correct. When political ads were approved by the FCC, the airwaves were flooded by pre-commercials and the voice-overs always accused the candidate for the other side of being a “politician.”

 

Yes, politics is difficult because self-governance is work. Far easier to simply let an enlightened despot make decisions for you. The problem lies in the despots who want the job. Few are enlightened. Bullies and thugs abound.

 

The ancient Greeks thought politics was the duty of every free man. It still is. Maybe most men no longer care to be free because it’s too much work.

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A Fable, A Parable

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The ship had no captain, so the storms terrified the crew. They were already evenly split on believing that the navigator knew his job, but with no captain and no time or inclination for democracy, they were perpetually terrified. They were lost and a storm was raging all around them.

If only they could find respite from gale winds and crashing waves long enough to elect a captain they might be able to rekindle hope, but for now that seemed impossible. With each minute that passed, despair grew, until it was a palpable presence.

The crew began to fight among themselves. In the face of impotence, they ascribed blame. It was easier than doing nothing at all. Someone must be wrong, someone must be punished. Being right while others are wrong makes not knowing what to do slightly more tolerable.

In the face of all this uncertainty, some passengers and crew simply threw themselves overboard. Better to meet a certain end than a drawn-out one. They rather resigned from the debate than argue their point.