by Jack Long
During the final moments of the 2016 election, many political analysts called the Trump lead dangerous and divisive. Some, but very few, described the election itself as a division of the country that would determine politics and policy for the many presidents ahead. No matter who you supported as president, the fundamentals of our country and democracy herself do not change. We, as the children of democracy, have a compulsory obligation to the upholding of the pillars of a democratic union and a government founded “by the people, for the people.”
To allow a divide in our political establishment based on extremist ideals, and the subsequent failure for both parties to compromise on the major issues in the upcoming years, can only lead to a disastrous termination and the discontinuance of a future civilised and informed society.
In the future, we will no doubt see the increase of propaganda that, while most likely unchanged in form, will, however, affect a greater portion of our population. This is due to the fact of the less educated becoming “educated” through destructive partisanship which relies on tactics to spew large quantities of falsehoods to “win” issues. The uneducated, which in the sense of the word is not exclusive of those who have a proper education, need to drop their partisan consanguinity and understand the greater progress and direction of the country.
It is not only the voters and the imperceptible crusaders–it is the very people running our government who lack moral conscience and perception. H.L. Mencken, a critic of blind trust in democracy and those who run it, once said, “A professional politician is a professionally dishonourable man,” and stated, “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” The democratic ideals that our Greek forefathers and our Founding Fathers expressed cannot be forgotten. There should be political discourse, that is the minimum expected of each and every one of us. Those who are inanely ignorant on an issue of any physique impede the path of civil discourse and civil justice.
We must hold ourselves to a higher standard, however. We cannot willingly allow others to decide our minds and agree with the propaganda that is being force-fed to us, with both parties squeezing our mouths open and shoving down their pre-cooked meals. The political parties who control everything we stand on expect us to dance around merrily while they, like hobgoblins, dance on top of us.
We are free-thinking Americans, not the puppets of the political parties.