Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Most people, including future politicians, start out in life with a simple desire to do their own thing without harming anyone. If you become successful at doing your own thing through no fault of your own the next step is to help the less fortunate realize their own dreams. Now the fun starts. Where can you do the most good? Here you are with high ideals and a genuine belief that you can improve the world. If you don’t have any professional "do gooder" skills the easiest thing is to become a politician. Your first chore is to get elected yet how are you going to do it without compromising your ideals? You have to appeal to each and every voter in order to reach a critical mass yet every person is uniquely different. If you start out tailoring your message to the needs of each and every individual the media say you are suffering from "mixed message syndrome". You then realize that the "KISS" principle is really necessary but what are the "flavors" that will appeal to most voters? Usually it is lower taxes and increased benefits which are economically at opposite ends of the old teeter totter. The result? Goodbye ideals and dreams. Hello cynicism.
Posted by Alex at 5:33 AM