Politics, does it matter?

This political season has been unlike anything we have ever seen. While personal attacks and accusations seem to be the norm in most political arenas, what is truly lacking is the integrity and honor that comes with the Presidential nomination. I am not here to argue for one candidate or the other, instead, to shed light on the conflict that is going on with this election.


All politicians are lairs; they are there to serve their own interest. The founding fathers of this country would be ashamed of what the political process has become. The Presidency is about the people of this country, but it seems the United States has taken this position of power and made it into a mockery. The same can be said about the Senate and Congress because there is a lot of political incorrectness that goes on there as well. Instead, it should be about the people and their needs, after all that is why we have representatives.


Conflict is nothing new in politics, but the question becomes, does it matter? Conflict can have a huge impact on society when a President or Representative provides their opinion without knowing all the facts. These people have the ability and power to move mountains if it is used the correct way. Instead, this power is used to manipulate society, achieve personal political goals, and accomplish little in return. Instead of uniting society, politicians create further hatred and divide, especially in high profile cases or ongoing developing situations.


Political parties are another issue, in most cases the political party is more important that the individual candidate. What the left and right side cannot seem to understand is we are not the same society we use to be. There are sensitive issues being addressed everyday: transgender issues, racial issues, and sexual harassment issues. Why is society held to such a high standard but the government is not? Society is conforming, and those who choose not to conform are the ones holding back society as a whole. Change is a necessary part of life and progression. Politics and politicians should be held to the same standard. Most people have both liberal and conservative views. Very few people fall to the extremism of the conservative and liberal parties. The mentality needs to change, and political parties need to vanish. If we are truly the UNITED STATES, we shouldn’t have political parties. Instead, we should represent all people and vote based on the issues not the party.


The following quote by Bill Murray sums it up best, “if you lie to the government it’s called a felony, if the government lies to you, it’s called politics.”


About PhDMedic

I have a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, with a concentration in International Peace and Conflict, and I am a National Registry Paramedic with 30 years in emergency services as a provider and educator. View all posts by PhDMedic

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