Know what the problem with politics is?
It is political.
I know that sounds tautological (self-reinforcing pretense of significant truth) but that is the issue.
And I speak, not of political parties, rather of the textbook definition of the political “process” – the practice and theory of influencing other people on a civic or individual level.
People, especially statists, statolatrists and collectivists (call them “progressives” if you wish), make every effort to “enforce” their perception of “equality” through a political process. In more exacting terms, they invest themselves in this process to the degree that the individual is indistinguishable from the political collective to which they belong.
But the object of politics isn’t equality, it is the acquiescence of the majority to a specific goal or objective – and that goal or objective is inherently a political ideal belonging to the members of that collective.
A common idiom is that a good goal is SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
How many government goals today fit the definition of a good goal?
None – at least no major initiatives are ever defined this way.
- Politicians shy away from anything specific because they want wiggle room to talk out of both sides of their mouths come election time
- Politicians don’t want measurable goals because that would allow to public to understand the depth (and true cost) of their failures
- Politicians don’t want attainable goals because government programs are designed to be immortal so that their reliance on government funding can become another lever of control over the behavior of the public
- Politicians view relevancy as an option, more often than not, they set about creating a solution that is waiting for a problem
- Time-bound? Only if perpetuity is considered a boundary
Political bodies use the art and science of politics to attain political goals.
I know you find this shocking. Duh.
When this happens, we get things like the situation with San Diego mayor, Democrat Bob “Filthy” Filner:
…party leaders looked at Filner’s 30-year record of advocating for progressive causes when evaluating him as a candidate for mayor. Discussions involving Filner’s poor treatment of women never rose above rumor, she said.
Political goals are not designed to create anything other than opportunities for power of the government over the governed.