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Politics

The closest thing to religion that we have going for us is politics. That may be because the church once ran the whole thing. Between the Jews, Catholics, and Protestants, they had a couple thousand years or more to set things up that way. Opinions are in the forefront; facts have no bearing on anything. People vote against their own best interests because they have been trained that way. Right-wing politics and the church are in collusion to influence how people choose from the time of their birth on. The church works to influence how people think so they will not lose their grip on humanity. I am not talking about the Catholic Church, I am talking about the whole of Christianity in the West, and Islam in the East. Church by any other name is still a church.

Humanity is just now waking up to facts. The fact that there are facts is still new to us, even after a couple hundred years of our being able to recognize them. In some aspects of our thinking, we still don’t recognize them and don’t grant them any importance. We have been trained to shun them, to deny reality, to insist without recognition that our imaginations rule. Politicians collude with religion to limit education wherever possible. In the deep south of the United States, the effect is the strongest. Wherever poverty rules, the effect is the strongest. In those areas, religion is the main source of any kind of knowledge. Knowledge that is about fairy tales and imaginary beings endangers those who have been trained to attach them to reality. What ever trouble finds them will be blamed on something else, never the root cause. The politicians and the religions will keep their clean hands with no one the wiser.

Humanity seems trapped in this scenario, as tightly as a vice could hold it. Religions will die and evolve, just as do people, only to be replaced by different-seeming varieties. They are, after all, created by people, as the saying goes, in our own image. That must be why, even in our fear of them, we so admire them for their despicableness. Even the most adaptable of humans, after all, must answer to nature in all ways. Does that mean that we, in our desire to maintain religion as a feature of our existence, must call nature God and train scientists to become priests?

What most influences your vote? Do you trust the god named God to look after its own interests while you take care of your own? Or, did you cast another vote against yourself without really knowing why? You have until the next election to think about this and decide if you have really made the best choices.

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Majority

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Majority

Suspicion against majority rule influenced the design of our American governing bodies from the beginning. Now, rather than pure democracy, we vote for representatives to decide the important issues for us. We still call our republic a democracy despite that. The earliest advocates of it called themselves (or, were called) Democratic Republicans. Benjamin Franklin was one.

Why prevent direct involvement of the people in their government? Remember, in those days, mail went across the country on horseback. There were no TV’s, radio, nor Internet. In those days, the common person was regarded as too ignorant to understand the issues, let alone be aware of them. It was thought the country would fare better at the hands of people of proven intelligence dedicated to understanding the issues. The common people, after all, were those most often victimized by purveyors of snake oil and whisky. Like women and children, the common men would vote by their emotions. “Let reasonable gentlemen of culture handle things,” wisdom suggested.

Everything seems different today, but not all in good ways. Women and blacks can now vote, but common men are still as common as ever. Influence peddlers have flooded the government with snake oil. Separation of government from religion has been battered from the start, and cracks have started forming in the wall. The wise judges who once occupied the Supreme Court now appear to have been replaced by emotionally driven average Johns playing prostitute for religion and corporations. Any remaining ‘Gentlemen Of Culture’ have hidden in the boondocks and money-grabbing male harlots swished in to fill their vacuum. Having discovered how to keep dirt off their hands, they now represent only themselves and buy their own congressmen to look after their interests. As a result, America is now well on its way to becoming an oligarchy and we are now under minority rule.

I wonder what Mr. Clemens would have to say about that.