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Politics is a Waste of Time


This is a guest post by Tim.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, and occasionally arguing, political issues. But all of that has been time wasted.

The simple reason for this is because nearly all political events are awful.

When was the last time you heard of good political news? I don’t care about who has been elected. I mean when was the last time you heard news of a new law or law repeal that made your life better?

When I first happened across economics, I found it to be fascinating (despite my college economics teachers’ best efforts to the contrary). Why? It’s a study of why I’m right about everything. Between economics and history we can easily conclude the best answer to any political question.

Clearly all we need to do is see what makes sense and what has worked in the past in order to determine what we should do in the present. Unfortunately, about half of the population cannot, will not, or is too corrupt to understand things like basic economics or history.

My longtime favorite website, (2003-2010) once pondered what was wrong with these people:

Is this because Democrats are:

A. Stupid

B. Evil

C. Stupid, evil, and goddamn dirty Communists.

While FrankJ wrote this in jest (not really) there seems to me to be a lot of truth in this.

The average Democrat voter votes for Democrats because they think that the Democrats “care more” or whatever such nonsense. They’re clearly stupid.  And there is no point in talking to them about it because they can not or will not understand.

Let’s try a hypothetical discussion between a rational person (RP) and a Democratic voter who is capable of understanding economics and history (D):

D: We should elect Democrats because they will make our lives better.

RP: Detroit.

D: Oh yeah…

D: We need restrictive gun control in order to reduce violent crime.

RP: Chicago.

D: Uh…

D: We need to raise the minimum wage.

RP: Would $1,000,000 an hour work?

D: Of course not; don’t be ridiculous.

RP: What’s an argument for a $10 an hour minimum wage that you could not also make for a $1,000,000 an hour minimum wage?

D: …

And so on.

Clearly the average Democrat voter is stupid. But what about the Democratic politicians themselves? You can’t get elected by being stupid.

Well, most of the time you cannot get elected while being stupid. Some politicians clearly are stupid. But most aren’t. Why not research how much your Congressman was worth before getting elected and how much he’s worth now? Stupid or evil?

At one time, I thought Al Gore was stupid (did you hear about the snow in Egypt?), but he made a billion dollars promoting his nonsense. He can’t be that stupid. Since he’s not stupid, why is he arguing that we should change our lives for his hoax?

Answer: most politicians are evil.

But as stupid and/or evil as Democrats and the people who vote for them are, they’re not the worst problem in politics.

Republican politicians had the House, Senate, and Presidency for a few years. Did our budget get balanced? Is the IRS gone? Do we still have crushing entitlement problems?

How stupid do you have to be to repeatedly vote for a party of idiots who never do what they say they will do, and instead agree to stupid budget deals in the name of “compromise?”

Those of you who vote for Republicans know that more government is awful and yet you vote to sustain and increase its size and scope.  And not only that, I’ll bet that most of you will admit that you voted for the “lesser evil” in 2012. Because a man who signed socialized healthcare into law and supports gun control (Romney) is clearly less evil than the other guy.

The fact remains that you voted for evil. Evil is evil; there is no “lesser” about it.

Since voting won’t change anything anyway, that leaves us with the biggest problem in politics today.

Not the parasites who live off of the labors of others.

Not the villainous cretins who “redistribute” your wealth.

Not the always disappointing Stupid Party.

The problem is you who pay your taxes.

How long would our government last if those who opposed it stopped funding it? If only Republican voters stopped paying for the government, how long could it survive? I often hear that the Republican House of Representatives controls the budget. So why don’t they balance it?

You control the government’s income; why do you still support it?

(FYI, I pay the taxes that I’m required to, because its less of a hassle than not to. So I’m part of the problem as well.)

Tim blogs at Spootville.

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  • This was good. My brother refused to vote for Mitt Romney on moral grounds – he’s a baptist preacher and couldn’t “morally” vote for a mormon. He voted for Gary Johnson.

    He couldn’t vote for a mormon because it went against his christian beliefs, but he could vote for a guy that supports abortion, legalizing drugs, and gay marriage – because none of that offended his christian sensibilities?

    You’re spot on: Stupid is as stupid does.

  • dingtwist

    I agree that politics is a waste of time. People argue over it, people dislike other people over it, and all for what? In the end, Republicans and Democrats are all on the same team. A team opposite us. None of them give a single shit about us and after they furiously debate in public, they privately have drinks together and laugh with each other. They’re all the same.

    I don’t care enough to fight the government or even follow what’s happening anymore. It’s not my thing, and I’m happier for it. 99.999% of people who are politically opinionated do absolutely nothing other than complain. They tell you everything that’s wrong with the country but actually DO nothing to improve the situation. What a way to waste your short life.

    And if you don’t believe that they’re all on the same team, look at the past R candidates for president. They’re all liberals. For example, the last election. You’re telling me that of ALL the people in this country, Romney, a MORMON “Republican” from MA is the BEST you could come up with? Really? I have nothing against Mormons or any religious group, but do you really think a Mormon would ever get elected in this country? And before that, John McCain. Yes, war hero, but do you think a guy that old would ever be elected? He wasn’t even fully lucid during the debates I watched. It’s like they’re trying to lose, and behind closed doors they’re all laughing it up together.

    All the Republicans need to win a presidential election, EASILY, is a good-looking, charismatic, conservative man. That’s it. They do that, they win so easily it’s not even funny. But having a legit conservative in office would not benefit those behind the scenes who run the show, which is why you won’t see that happen. Further, even if we did get a good conservative in office, it wouldn’t really matter because those same people behind the scenes are always running the show.

    And here I’m becoming agitated, as I used to always be when I followed politics. I’m going back into my hole now, which is devoid of all news and current events, and full of classic fiction and natural beauty and good people, some of the best things in this world.

  • Finally someone who believes that politics are just a waste of time and resources. I remember getting dragged into an argument about who was the best President Obama or Bush. I told the truth that neither were the best but both were just as bad as those before them. They looked at me puzzled as to why.

    Just look at history and you can see yourself on how these politicians so called leaders of society have literally caused many problems that to this day is actually catching up! Things like constant spending of dollars we do not have, Borrowing money from other countries including our so called “Enemies” and the constant trampling of out rights as they continue to spend millions on surveillance for so called “Terrorists” who by the way are Americans like us.

    Voting is a joke as they have already decided who the winner is! I can tell you that the only time i ever voted was (I hate to say this!) for Obama. I fell for the heartfelt speeches and since he came from left field a fresh and new package of an old product! I fell for it! That was the last time and it has made me even more realize that they (Politicians) do not care for their constituents!

    So like Tim said you want to get rid of them then we need to stop funding them and their plans. Once the money stops then they will listen.We do not have control of no goverment but they have control of us!

    Nothing gets done, nothing gets solved its business as usual in the Gov.I lost all hope for these fuckers!

    Great Post Tim!

  • maxsnafu

    1.) If voting changed anything it would be illegal.
    2.) Democrats stab you in the chest; Republicans stab you in the back.
    3.) If the all night firing squads ever arrive, take the Republicans first.

  • Mojo

    I have been telling people to live free of the system. This may necessitate lowering ones expenses, but if enough men stop contributing to their own destruction it would be felt by the elites at some point. I read that nearly a 1/3 of our economy is underground. That is very compelling.

    Working for cash is the way to go.

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  • I agree and this is why I don’t vote. A friend of mine made a great suggestion the other day though, she said we should vote on policies, not governments, thought that made a lot of sense!

  • wow

    Politics are a waste of time. You’re just now figuring this out?

  • charles

    The key point of your argument is wrong. You think Republicans and Democrats are different. They aren’t.

    Government has expanded, people are increasingly having their independence infringed upon, debt and spending have increased, ect.

    Republicans and Democrats simply serve to polarize issues to prevent the rational moderate majority from coming to a reasonable consensus. They play off stupid social issues like gay rights, abortion, and gun control to inflame the public so the public ignores the real problems.

    Democrats and Republicans regularly switch control in government but policy remains the same because the parties are the same. Politicians are here to make money and increase their power.

    By showing your “Down with Democrats” attitude you just show that you are another “useful idiot” that can’t see they’re being manipulated. It shouldn’t be down with Democrats OR Republicans. It should be down with both.

  • Sir Roft

    That’s a really great perspective. Would love to hear about some simple ways that you implement that. Buying items secondhand from friends and family rather than from a store where you’ll pay tax?