I'm About To 'Splode!!!
Dec. 19, 2012 6:22 am
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 1:02 pm
I feel a political blog post rearing it's ugly head within me, and I don't want to do that to my beloved AR. I had mentioned in a previous post that we get along here so well because we are united in an interest, or more accurately for most of us, a passion.
The problem with politics isn't that it divides. It doesn't. Politics is simply the activities associated with running a country or location. It is the control and power behind politics that is the great divider, and like a Juggernaut, it cannot be resisted.
Ideology is a system of ideas and ideals that directs political activity. It's like the rudder of the ship Politic. When a politician tells other politicians to set aside their ideology, what they are really saying is, "Let me (or my side) steer." I've noticed
often when friends of mine of a different persuasion than mine pine away for "moderates," what they are actually saying is, "Compromise means doing it my way because I am right and they are not."
Oh dang! I'm doing what I said I didn't want to aren't I? Please forgive me, but, "that's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands n'more!"
What is the motive force behind politics? Ideology is the rudder of the ship Politic, but the engine is a bit harder to name. Oh no! I may be in trouble here. Politics
and Religion in one post? Ack! I have a perspective on life, and it colors my thought. So does yours; don't get all high and mighty! I think that the power or engine pushing along the ship Politic is our fallen nature.
It is our desire to promote self. That's not the neat little descriptive word that Ideology is for naming the rudder of the ship, but I think it is close to the truth. I guess Desire is the distillation I am looking for. It is our desire for self, our desire
to lord it over others that is the engine.
What precipitated all of this? Why am I blogging about politics on a Foodie Website? It all started with an innocent piece of fruitcake. It is one of those things amongst a growing list of things that divide people even on AR. And I am guilty of trying to get
people to like fruitcake, cilantro, beets, but not Lima beans. Never Lima beans. Nasty little pearls from hell that they are! I've come to the place where I have to say, eat what you want. I trust you to live your own life. It's too bad most people refuse
to do that outside of AR, where we deal with more important issues like imperialism, crony-capitalism, statism, terrorism, classism, racism... Notice anything about these "isms?" They are all about controlling other people.
And now for the punch line: I am a conservative Christian. Now if that statement doesn't cause you an overwhelming case of cognitive dissonance... Maybe I need to rename my system of beliefs. NeoCon has been taken, and besides that it means, "Democrat that
couldn't get elected as a Democrat." I think I might have it - Paleo Conservative! Nope that's taken too, and has its own baggage. Classical Liberal? Nope. Libertarian? Nope. "I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam!" Oh, lordy no! I'm Popeye!
Now, if you'll excuse me, "Where's the entrance to the exit?"