I hate that phrase, especially when it comes to politics/government, but its a phrase I hear all too often, and that scares me. Let me explain.
In America, we are governed by a REPRESENTATIVE government. In other words, the government is supposed to represent the majority of the people. Regardless of your political leanings, I think we can all say the “major” political parties haven’t had the best interests of their constituents at heart for a long time. However, when it comes right down to it, the people have the ultimate power. If you are unhappy with how your government is being run, vote in different people to run it. It’s really pretty simple. So why am I always hearing the phrase “lesser of two evils” when it comes to politics? It’s not like there aren’t other options.
The “lesser of two evils” is still evil! If neither of the “major” political parties has what you are looking for in REPRESENTATIVE government, then vote for someone else. If enough people voted for the candidate(s) that best suited their wants/needs, the “major” political parties wouldn’t be so major. Regardless of how much money the special interest groups spend, at the end of the day, its YOUR vote that puts them in office. Passing the blame onto the special interest groups does no good, because when it comes right down to it, your vote is the one that counts.
Ever heard the phrase you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink? All the money in the world would mean nothing if people would take the time to really look into who they are voting for. It’s as easy as going to your computer, opening up a search engine and typing in the name of the candidate you want more information on. It’s never been easier, yet people don’t seem to care enough to take the time to really look into who they are voting for.
Whether we like to admit it or not, the people WE put in office have a lot of influence over our lives, so you would think that people would be more careful about who they put in those offices. The last few years is proof positive of that. We’re in the worst recession since the great depression, and it is DIRECTLY related to the political decisions of the last 40 years, decisions made by the people WE put in office. So to be honest, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
In the end, I guess what it boils down to is people are lazy, and they don’t want to put in the effort to find out who they should be voting for, who best REPRESENTS what they want/need. And to be honest, I don’t feel sorry for those people. If you vote for someone simply because that is who your party/partner/parents/family/friends says to vote for, I don’t feel bad for you when that elected REPRESENTATIVE does something that negatively affects your quality of life.