Patriot or Politician?


I have been thinking about the political strategies I have heard discussed and have even adhered to myself.  You know them.  There’s the argument that we have to forgive politicians who compromise on principle because they can’t do the right thing if they can’t get re-elected.  Or that we have to vote for the lesser of two evils because the greater evil is somehow more evil than the lesser.  And the assertion that we have to vote for bad politicians simply because they have the correct letter after their name and we need that letter to be the majority so we can then affect the changes we want to see.  I have been thinking hard about these and other similar strategies, and I suddenly realized why they all fail.  In every case, we are actually advocating re-election for the sake of getting re-elected (i.e. the acquisition of power for the sake of power).  At no time is the goal ever really considered – because it is just accepted that trying to make that goal happen will mean no re-election and, thus, no change.  Well, this is not true.  In fact, this sort of reasoning is a trap.

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