Political Self-Aggrandizement

politicsOh yes, it’s that time again. You know, where we start arguing with friends and family members over things like social agendas, war, the economy and other political topics. Yes, we’ve officially started the major campaigns for the next President of the United States.

The first televised debate was held this past week that included many of the Republican candidates, though there may have been more donkeys on stage than there will be at the first debate among Democrats. I actually think that the whole campaigning season is not in the best interest of the American public.

First of all, there are hundreds of millions of dollars raised and spent to support these candidates and their campaigns. A lot of that money comes from large corporations via Political Action Committees (PACs) so that if their man (or woman) gets elected, they will hopefully gain some favor for their own agendas.

Hundreds of millions of dollars. Think about how much good could be done for people with that money, rather than seeing a bunch of already-rich people gallivant around the country and make multiple media appearances with their soundbites written for them and their publicists and advisors nearby.

I stand corrected. According to OpenSecrets.org, the last election cost more than $2.5 billion overall. Now we’re into the billions of dollars.

Imagine what kinds programs could be funded with that money or how many lives could be saved. I firmly believe that the vast majority of Presidential candidates are power-hungry people getting high off their self-aggrandizement. I know that sounds harsh, but it is an elitist group dealing primarily with other elitists. These leaders typically serve their own interests or those of the people who donated the most money or pulled the most strings to get them elected. Their loyalty is more often with them than with the American people.

I used to identify with one party more than another, but I feel that both have become equally corrupt in the side show known as D.C. politics. Now I’m part liberal Republican and part conservative Democrat, but neither represent what I believe is the best for the people of this country.

I’ve recently been reading a book called “A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision For Our World” by Daniel Goleman. The simplistic humanity speaks more to what will benefit society the most, both inside and outside our borders. I’d recommend anyone take a look at it. It’s an easy read with great insight into doing good for the world. I am not Buddhist, but if the Dalai Lama had a billion dollars, his plan would spend it much more wisely than any of the front runners of this pending election. Check it out.

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