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A major issue with American politics, perhaps with any politics, is that voters, i.e., the populace that participates in the whole process, on most occasions, they, simply, don’t understand politics. The danger here is that, without a legit understanding of politics, the populace runs the risk of authorizing an idiot or tyrant or despot, into a high office where their will-power could be exercised to its fullest extent.

Americans, during election season, tend to rely on the media as their primary information source. And that, indeed, in itself, for a political scholar, should reveal that the average American’s knowledge of politics is minuscule, at best. To use the media, i.e., as a guide in making a wise decision when making a vote is just not enough.

The American media, usually any nation’s media for that matter is nothing but trickery and rhetoric. Therefore, to truly make a wise decision in making a vote, there will have to be more than just what the television, radios, and newspaper articles inform them about. This information indeed is only meant to sway one’s opinion hither or thither.

It is meant to present an opponent as good or bad, or vice versa. It’s a mere drama, a shallow competition. In having a political discussion with a typical American political comentator, one who enjoys thinking of themself as concerned and involved in America’s political atmosphere, they will on most cases, use the media to support their arguments, as if the media is an engine for Truth–when, in reality, it is an engine for Lies.

Now, it cannot be forgotten, though often it is, that politics is a science. And so, if one is to participate in the authorization of people who will reign over them, a true understanding of politics, one would think, is beyond necessary. Obtaining wisdom concerning politics is certainly not an easy task.

Likewise, becoming a physician, one who is wise in making decisions with regard to healing or the medicinal arts did not over night, of course, stumble upon that wisdom. To become a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer, it takes time and dedication. It is the same for the political scientist, though their craft is not as financially rewarding as its counterparts, its requirements for wisdom are no different.

Now American politics revolve around two ideologies, more or less, which are conservatism and liberalism. The two ideologies are represented by two political factions: Republican (conservative) and Democrat (liberal). When the founding fathers, who had their Masonic Moors and Egyptian literature to guide them, constructed the American government, they had one thing in mind: Balance.

For them, similar to the Ancient Egyptians, the notion of balance truly is a map designed by God himself. When God created the Universe, in his omnipotent wisdom, he created it completely symmetrical. In other words, there’s up, there’s down, there’s hot, there’s cold, and everything has an opposite.

The Egyptians, indeed, took this notion of balance to a level that no nation hitherto has achieved. However, America’s Republic, though nowhere near as sublime as its Ancient predecessor, is a brilliant work of balance. The balance of American politics, its struggle of opposites, I believe, is a major factor contributing to its longevity.

Again, it still has quite a long ways to go to equal the Ancient Egyptians, but due to its balanced political struggle, it indeed possesses the potential to survive for many centuries to come. Much of our government’s system of checks and balances is obvious. And so, in grade school, we learn about the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial.

And we learn about how they all work together and how neither of them really possess any more power than the other. These facts, of course, are all a requirement if one is to have, at least, a basic understanding of American government. Even those simple facts, believe it or not, nowadays, ironically mid an epoch of unrivaled information, still are unknown by a great majority of Americas voters.

There are also balances within American politics that are not as easily observable by one without political wisdom. It is the job of the wise voter to know who or what or why they are making such a weighty decision. One, in order to make a wise decision in a vote, must have a sturdy foundation in political history and political literature.

Political history no doubt advises us as to the nobility or infamy of sovereigns in the past. It allows us to use prior experiences as a torch to illuminate the pathway to successful government. Political literature, on the other hand, affords the ability to obtain a political mindset. To delve deep into the minds of historical figures, the minds of noble men, is but a means to, in turn, shape noble men of the present.

Now, in American politics, however, one must be able to recognize the hidden balances. What, then, do I mean by hidden balance? Republican and Democrat represent, in addition, something that is hardly recognized by an ordinary voter. They represent a fundamental balance–a balance, in shaping a successful government, that cannot go underestimated. And that hidden balance is Good and Evil.

Now, what is good, what is evil, can be debated some other time. For now it suffices only to define each ideology and allow the reader to decide. Republican, as we discussed above, represents conservative. In America Republicans (conservatives) are catorigized as, more or less, religious, rich and frugal, family oriented, etc. This, of course, is not concrete.

There are multiple engenderments of Republicans. I am only speaking, I must admit, stereotypically. And Democrats (liberal) usually are less religious, liberal with money, not very family oriented. Notice also that the prefix Demo has never denoted a positive meaning. From this prefix there are words such as Demon, Demolition, Demolish. All of which are no doubt frightening words.

The reason, I think, this prefix appears in the word Democracy is because a democracy, historically, has been a frightening idea. It’s a government where there is no government, and all is ruled by the populace. That sounds like chaos. Note, that Amerca is not a democracy, but a Republic. In a Republic, the populace, through whatever system, authorize who they deem responsible and wise to rule.

Theoretically, of course. If the people in a Republic are oblivious to true political wisdom, then still it could end in chaos. And notice, as well, that the prefix Re, begins the word Republic. A much, so to speak, positive word, meaning to do over and over. Who knows which, of the hidden balance, truly represents the Good or Evil?

That decision is determined by wise voters–presuming, of course, they take the time to evolve into political scientist. And if, indeed, they elect to choose, then they will choose, and they will choose wisely.


Comments on: "Americans Don’t Know Politics?" (39)

  1. The only thing citizens need to know about anything to make a decision is that:

    1. They are citizens, registered to vote and they are 18

    2. They pay taxes

    That is it, trying to tell someone “they don’t know enough” is a scam to attempt to trick people.


  2. I wrote about this, please check out the link I sent in the first comment.

  3. Fascinating article that’s very in-depth! Thx for posting… 🙂

  4. Interesting article but sadly too many leaves such an important issue up to others to educate them on when it’s a vital aspect that controls their lives.

  5. Many people tend to think that others know of things by the same source they use. There are thousands if not millions of American voters who do not watch television, read newspapers, or listen to the radio when it comes to politics. If they vote, they vote the way their parents vote or voted. Some vote for whomever their pastor said to vote for.

    Amazingly, there are voting age people in America who do not know the difference between state and federal politicians. They have little to no interest in politics because their lifestyles consist of working, going to clubs, and personal relationships.

    Yes, Americans need to know politics. We need to understand the responsibilities of local, state, and national politicians. And most importantly, we need to vote. Thanks for the post.

  6. Hi, interesting post. I think the balance in American politics depends on ethnicity. As a black woman, American politics is based on bigotry. How can that be balanced?

  7. Laura M. Bailey said:

    Brilliant article!

  8. On a wider issue, I would suggest than many Americans are still affected by old attitudes. They call people like Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders ‘Socialists’, or even ‘Communists’, which is not only wrong, but also misinformed about those real political ideals. I was a Communist for many years, and I can tell you that from a European perspective, people like Obama are well to the Right in politics, and like most politicians in America, controlled by big business, and lobbyists behind the scenes.
    Thanks for following my blog, that’s much appreciated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. All is not what it seems, especially in politics.

  10. Too many people get their information from the wrong sources.

  11. Is it possible that politicians have slyly convoluted and confused politics intentionally to make it difficult for the ordinary person to understand.

  12. An interesting article. I cannot, however, agree that the government of ancient Egypt was particularly well balanced. In the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, Egyptians were ruled by a monarch who was, also, viewed as a deity.

  13. I can’t argue with your assumptions on this subject, I wish that the people were more informed about these crooks but I believe that most folks have just given up on the whole process. I am going to reblog this article for you, it is a good read.

  14. I personally think people have given up on the whole process. The problem is that most people just don’t care enough to research politics enough to understand beyond a child’s understanding. They follow the party their demographic regions follows, and believe anything that comes out of that candidates mouth. People don’t care much for the truth. They only care for peace-of-mind

  15. Very well written. You actually open up my eyes with this article.

  16. You are an articulate and thoughtful writer. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

  17. An interesting Post, but I do think that your reference point (the US) minimizes the issues, which I see also apply to the UK and no doubt other “democratic” societies.

    My perspective would suggest that the problems inherent with any system, based on the public vote, should be placed at the feet of the education system. However, the whole basis of democracy becomes unstable as soon as one accepts human traits such arrogance, self-serving and greed. Such would dictate minimal interest in improving the education system simply because ignorance works in favor of the candidates.

    We now have (in powerful positions) a number of individuals who made promises that could not possibly be achieved, simply to get votes. Whenever these circumstances are challenged, the politicians use the “smokescreen and mirrors” strategy which invariably lays blame on the prior administration.

    Greece is an interesting example of democratic chaos as so many people there avoid paying taxes, and yet expect government services. Equating taxes with services seems to be lost on so many Greeks and, I believe, Greece is virtually bankrupt now.

    Of course, it is always easy to criticize a process … but coming up with a more effective approach to running a country is far more difficult. Again … an interesting Post! 🙂

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