Saturday, November 19, 2016

Politics

I'm through with politics. I'm no longer interested in rhetoric that divides people into factions, over and over.

If you think politics is a good thing, then answer me this: When has politics ever resulted in any group of people being unified as one body? If the answer is never, then what purpose does politics serve?

Division is a tactic of conquest. Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War in the 5th century, and English speakers have had the text since 1910. A few classic quotes which appear to be relevant here:
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"All warfare is based on deception." -Chapter 1

"Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. " -Chapter 3

"By discovering the enemy's dispositions and remaining invisible ourselves, we can keep our forces concentrated, while the enemy's must be divided." -Chapter 6

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Americans immediately forfeit their collective power when they agree to be separated into tribes. I don't know about you, but to me that seems like a bad trade. It only serves those who abuse the power that we give them.

Brands like "democrat" or "republican" don't represent the actual power of this people, they represent factions that have agreed to abandon the rights and freedoms of those they disagree with. They are basic clubs that demonize the other clubs, and "libertarian" and "green" are ultimately separatist factions that subdivide the initial split. It all seems so familiar, like the schisms of religious history.

I can't affiliate with political parties any more. I'm on the side of human beings. I'm not interested in demonizing groups of people. Not illegal aliens, not 1%ers. Everyone belongs, and everyone is important.

Everyone wants freedom. Politics offers a false argument between the rights relating to ecology and those regarding the individual. The blue and red teams have reduced this argument to be basic a choice between the rights pertaining to profits vs the rights pertaining to what you can (or cannot) do with your body, and this ideological tradition abandons unity for systems of control (either through legislation or taxation). It is a false argument. It feeds into unrighteous dominion. It is essentially a tradition that demands that we choose between cereal and milk.

While the basic argument is implemented via culture wars (abortion, gun control, taxation, marriage arguments, Etc...) corporate entities of either party move upon our ecology with the assistance of our politicians, and then they sell our resources back to us at a profit.

We allow lobbyists to thrust corporate interests onto our elected officials, and then we sit back and blame 1%ers or the poor for why things don't work. We are getting played.

We seem content with systems of control to meet our chosen ideologies. But control of the other is more destructive than allowing people to live with the natural consequences of their choices. Legislating and implementing punishments here essentially sends God the message that His judgments aren't enough for us, and that His punishments aren't quick enough for us. There is nothing "corrective" about our corrective institutions. All they do is foster resentment.

Because we approach these systems as means for revenge (the death penalty, death by cop, heavy fines) these systems also represent theft of vengeance, which He has claimed to be His domain in four verses of scripture. There will be a heavy toll for this theft.

The truth is that everyone belongs. All must be forgiven. Criminals, illegals, Muslims, racists, the rich & poor. We are part of the same family, and our divisions are completely unnecessary. We seek to control and restrict others through political means, through legislation, and through shame. This system that we have espoused has made us inhuman.

The children of Abraham were an easy example for us to observe. They chose for centuries to retain a tradition of hate and vengeance that constitutes the oldest grudge on earth. But instead of observing and choosing a better way, our political tradition here in the US (only two centuries old) has involved us in that older grudge for the purpose of corporate profit. That conflict promises to sweep all involved from the face of the earth, just like the revenge cycles in scripture. It is clear that politics, and its attendant desires for control and revenge, is not serving us. It is a system that that is being used to destroy us.

I will no longer participate in cereal vs. milk thinking. Judge me and my voice as irrelevant if you must. I'm not here to win an election or stroke my ego with the victory of a political tool. I am not here to go to war with the children of God.

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