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The Politics of Pandering

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According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “pander” is defined thusly:

1.)  a:  A go-between in love intrigues;  b: A pimp

2.)  One that caters to or exploits the weakness of others

The definition of the word “pander” is eerily akin to the unofficial definition of “politician.”  Strange isn’t it?

Well, it’s been said that politics makes strange bedfellows.  Indeed it does.  Metaphorically and literally, players hop beds and trade votes to suit the conditions that benefit them.   Take a gander at some of the prominent politicians who have switched from the Republican Party to that of Democrat.  In the real world, these politicos would be called “whores” because like streetwalkers, they will sell that which they should value, to the highest bidder.   A prostitute does not respect her body.  A politician does not respect the trust placed in him by the constituents who voted him into office to represent their needs and concerns.

To further screw the constituents by making them think they’re actually in their corner, many elected leaders align themselves with different categories within their parties. Allegedly, these labels are meant to distinguish one politician from another.  The term “Conservative” is synonymous with old-school cowboys who like to engage in games of “Mine is bigger than yours and it’s more deadly” and “God (translation: I) say(s) you have to and so, you will!”  “Liberal” usually refers to those, cough-cough, oh so kind-hearted souls willing to dole out taxpayers’ hard-earned money to those who haven’t earned it, including illegal immigrants, via all manner of social service programs that seem to breed like rabbits.  And “Moderate” denotes those who lack the intestinal fortitude to take a genuine stand.  Instead of leaning hard to the Right or the Left, they sit on the proverbial fence, tottering and awaiting a great big inevitable fall, like Humpty Dumpty.

The motto of the United States of America is “United we stand and divided we fall.”   Yet, the whole game of politics is based upon division, as in “divide and conquer” … the taxpayers, that is!  Every time a politician or political party panders to a special interest group, it’s for the sole purpose of feathering his or their own nest.  The more special interests groups that back a politician or a party, the more votes are cast for that particular politician or party.  And votes sway elections.  All a politician has to do is promise to make good what he’s told those special interest groups, and he’s in like Flynn.  He earns an hugely inflated salary, enjoys untold perks, and has all his benefits paid for the nephews and nieces of Uncle Sam:  me, you, and every other decent, honest taxpayer.

It is time for us to realize that we are a nation of Americans.  Whether we have been born here, or whether we immigrated here, we are all bound, as “one nation under God” to empower each other and move our nation forward.  This means that we all work together toward common goals (i.e., lower taxes, better representation in government, more plentiful jobs, manufacturing returned to the U.S.; you get the gist).  This does not mean that we hide behind our cultural/ethnic, sexual, or religious differences to demand certain favors and then appoint blood-sucking politicians all too eager to make those favors realities.  When the Allies liberated Paris, France from the Axis powers during World War II, the French hailed us as Americans, period.  Not as Italian-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Polish-Americans, Gay Americans, Straight Americans, yadda, yadda, yadda.

What God brought forth upon this land was intended to serve as a blueprint for other nations worldwide.  This nation of immigrants was to stand as a beacon of hope, illustrating that regardless of superficial differences, we were meant to co-exist in peace and harmony and enjoy the gifts from God’s bounty.

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