I was referring to the current
cadre of geezers in power…
certain Supreme Court Justices
who could have retired prior to
Certain Senators/Reps. who
are unwilling to
Move On already.
ETA: in a different thread, I did comment on how
newly elected, younger members of Congress
" Go to Washington" to change Washington…
but instead, are themselves changed.
(and not for the better).
I was referring to the current
Well, but we had a wave of new blood in the middle of Obama’s term with the tea party wave… all that “new blood” did was obstruct any measure he tried to get through… So even in the specific case of politicians, there is still the problem new people being part of the problem.
The fact they were “tea party” members
automatically disqualifies them!
I think I’m not being clear enough in making
My issue is not with “young blood”,
it’s about POWER in the grip of the same
folks for DECADES.
They are loath to release it and will do
most anything to keep it…
including compromising their own
Some of them probably started out with
but attaining power can be intoxicating
and so the priority becomes chasing
that first high.
The point was that not all of them were over the age of 50 or 60… some of them were quite young.
I get that. I think it’s the ideology behind those in power, including younger people. It’s the ideology we need to change.
and in fact, I’m not talking about anybody
elected in the recent past, (whatever their age)
but rather the (nearly) inevitable process
of $oul-$ucking that happens, especially
after decades of chasing power.
Once the Power level they’re after is achieved,
there is no incentive to release it.
The perks and privilege that accompany
power prove irresistable and addicting.
So they chase the rabbit for decades,
staying entrenched to their base/ideology
…until Mother Nature, or
(possibly but unlikely) they are voted OUT.
I agree with you here, for sure. I suspect that curtailing and more tightly regulating lobbying and campaign finance would go a long way to helping with this. Wouldn’t fix everything, but it would certainly help.
“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.”
Magnificent. Thank you.
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