"Off To See The Wizard"
With the Presidential Primary season rapidly approaching I am so reminded of one of the most famous songs from "The Wizard Of Oz." "I would wile away the hours conferin' with the flowers, consultin' with the rain, and my head would be scratching while my thoughts were busy hatching. If I only had a brain." Doesn't this make you so enchanted with the political season? This is in light of what is happening right outside our front door, sort of speaking.
The Republicans are all jocking for recognition in a most crowded field. With so many candidates vying for position but, it's not only the Republicans that want to share the limelight it's other parties as well: like the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, remember the Rents To Dam High Party from the New York Gubernatorial race of last year, and I think we may even have a Socialist Party [who knew] all clamoring to gain momentum as each primary approaches. In today's realm of reality every candidate is so immersed in trying to garnish as much money as they possibly horde. As such, they have no time to devote to any of the important issues and crisis that still plague this country. All this means is that everyone where ever they are will all have their hands out soliciting for more campaign contributions. It has become an necessity as well as compulsion to seek as much money as they possibly can from not only major business and corporations but they target the rest of the population with promises they know they can't keep just to seduce the rest of us into coughing up money we can't afford to part with anyway.
There again I am reminded of that song " If I only had a brain." Where instead of ushering in concrete solutions that should and could have been made prior to this political season all that is happening now are candidates purposely becoming more obnoxious in their attempts to salvage any amount of respectability they have left. What we have been seeing in recent years are elected officials and candidates for all levels of government consciously and some unconsciously degrade each other in their attempt at coercing voters into voting for them rather than unfolding a plan of direction for themselves, their constituents, their state, and their country. Gone are the days of righteous debate about ideals and principals that will actually benefit us all. What we are seeing now and some even fear is that our elected officials and candidates are seemly caught up in seducing the public into giving up more money just so these same elected officials remain in office without serving the publics best interests. If they only had a brain; Sarcastically speaking! Of course!
It never ceases to amaze me that with so much at stake even in local communities a profound sense of indignation of the political process which has become too disjointed to serve the publics will. As the Presidential primary season opens up all the inadequacies of the career politician comes to light. But sadly, their has been little recourse from the general publics ability to mobilize an alternative to the monumental influence that a persons wealth plays in the political spectrum today.
Until there is political campaign finance reform that really eliminates the necessity of garnishing as much money as possible, till the true value of any candidate is not predicated on wealth, and the validity of candidates is based on democratic principals and ideals that actually benefits their constituents will the political process evolve into a true representative government as our founding fathers envisioned. When will this transformation begin in our political arena? A country so fractured where so much discord continues among the population to reconcile and have any hope of salvaging what has become an already corrupted democratic process will involve a population to shed their cloak of apathy. When in elections through-out the country there continues to be less than 50% voter participation only exasperates a deterioration of the democratic process. If more individuals actively took part there would be a net result of less corruption and more stimulation of the publics will. We must all remember that our nation was founded on democratic principals that stipulates it is our duty, our right and our obligation to actively be involved in our own affairs. If the apathetic attitude of so many continues to spread our democracy will be no more. Only an educated actively participating public will ensure the stability, and the future of our democratic republic.