Most of us at this point, if we were paying attention, know that our “elected leaders” are not just surprisingly weak but incompetent. This is the nature of parasites, who once they get elected view their job as an entitlement where they succeed by making happy feelings in other people in the way of salesmen, and actually getting anything done is secondary.
But what unnerves us is how comfortable the whole situation is. Government seems to work like an episode of The Office: people show up every day to pretend to hate on each other, make a lot of drama and accomplish very little. That one half of them claim to be “the Opposition” means very little because to them, it is a job. They show up to do job-things, act out the roles in which they stand, and make others like them. The consequences of this? Accountability? Responsibility? Those are not even on the menu.
I wanted to point out three parallel areas in which this process can be observed: cuck, the merchant mentality and the band-aid.
Cuck: This simply means what happens when “regulatory capture” takes over on the level of personality. Guys and gals who go to Washington enjoy their coworkers and so they start a comfy little society where no one really rocks the boat. They also do not want to violate the moral pretense involved, to flatter the voters, that “equality” is anything more than the words of a salesman.
The Merchant Mentality: When customers get used to being customers, they fall into a permanent passive role because (1) the attention flatters them and (2) someone else is responsible. The best of both worlds, right? You buy something because the nice salesman said such pleasing things, and then if it is not what you needed, you take it back and get something else. This is the mentality not just of voters, but of politicians to entrenched interests like minorities, foreign powers and big business. The goal of white politicians and voters is to keep signing the checks to buy off these entrenched interests, and if we step outside of that role, there will be hell to pay… or maybe not.
The Band-Aid: You will notice as you go through life that any failing enterprise will have the same general tendency, which is to apply band-aids to broken things so it can avoid thinking about the process as a whole. If the pump keeps breaking, get a repair contract. Do not think about why the pump keeps breaking. When the repair contractor is not fast enough, get another contractor to compete with them. There, that’ll show ’em! If that doesn’t work, hire an intern… on and on it goes, never ending. At the bottom is the truth: something is out of place which keeps breaking pipes. The direct solution probably means a lot of pain right now, and then no pain after… but in the tried and true manner of humans, we will instead opt for the delayed monthly pain plan and avoid fixing the problem, and instead fix the public image.
When you wonder why government is dysfunction, in addition to to obvious appearance-over-reality failings of democracy, look for the above. They are all the same basic mentality, which is to compromise what one knows is true for the sake of what is socially popular, but they take such interesting forms.