The Complex World of Politicians: Power, Perception, and Reality

Isla Davis

Updated Thursday, July 4, 2024 at 9:51 AM CDT

The Complex World of Politicians: Power, Perception, and Reality

The Illusion of Heroism

Politicians often believe they are saving the world, regardless of their stance or the suffering they may cause. This sense of heroism is deeply ingrained in their psyche, driving their actions and decisions. They see themselves as the guardians of society, making tough choices for the greater good. This mindset can lead to a dangerous disconnect between their intentions and the actual impact of their policies.

Even when their actions cause harm, politicians typically think they are on the right side of history. This belief is reinforced by their echo chambers, where like-minded individuals validate their perspectives. As a result, they may ignore or downplay the negative consequences of their decisions, convinced that they are acting in the best interest of certain groups or society as a whole.

The Comfort of Power

Many politicians enjoy their positions because they do not need to have a traditional productive job and only need to focus on getting re-elected. This creates a comfortable lifestyle where the primary concern is maintaining power rather than contributing to society in a meaningful way. The perks of political office, such as financial benefits and social status, further entrench them in their roles.

Repeatedly lying can lead politicians to start believing their own lies, reinforcing their sense of righteousness. This self-deception is a coping mechanism that allows them to navigate the moral complexities of their actions. Over time, they become adept at justifying their behavior, even when it contradicts their public statements or ethical standards.

The Disconnect from Reality

The ruling class, including politicians, often does not identify with the majority of people, such as workers and non-owners. This disconnect creates a gap in understanding and empathy, leading to policies that do not address the real needs and concerns of the general population. Politicians are aware of the harm they cause but believe they can dodge the worst consequences due to their privileged positions.

In the US, politicians are not like the working class and enjoy immunities that protect them from crimes that would jail regular citizens. This legal and social insulation fosters a sense of invincibility, allowing them to operate with impunity. The benefits they receive from charitable donations, dinners, lobbying (bribery), insider trading, and corporate or foreign contributions further distance them from the realities faced by ordinary people.

The Routine of Political Life

Politicians are not demi-gods with superpowers; they are individuals doing a particular job with a narrow focus on their immediate environment. Their daily routine includes meetings, writing notes, speaking to people, thinking about projects, eating lunch, and personal arguments. There is often no grand strategy or broader vision in their work; it is mostly routine tasks.

This lack of a broader vision can lead to short-sighted policies that fail to address long-term issues. Politicians often mock the public's confusion and struggles, pretending not to understand the consequences of their policies. This pretense allows them to maintain their positions without taking responsibility for the negative outcomes of their decisions.

The Moral Compromise

The political system is structured in a way that those who reach the top have already compromised their morals significantly. Politicians who maintain a sense of care and empathy are often removed from power, as seen with figures like Jeremy Corbyn. This systemic issue ensures that those who succeed are those willing to make ethical compromises.

Governments continue to push austerity economics despite knowing it leads to far-right political movements, as seen historically in Italy and Germany. The rise of the far-right in the West is linked to prolonged austerity measures, yet politicians and newspapers pretend to be mystified by this trend. This willful ignorance allows them to avoid addressing the root causes of societal unrest and maintain the status quo.

The Complex Reality

Some politicians genuinely think they are contributing to saving society or making the best effort in that direction. However, the reality is far more complex. They are individuals with limited perspectives, operating within a system that incentivizes moral compromise and short-term thinking. While true s*****s who enjoy inflicting pain are rare among politicians, even the greediest sociopaths want to be heroes in their own narratives.

Understanding the complex world of politicians requires acknowledging their human flaws and the systemic issues that shape their actions. By recognizing these factors, we can better hold them accountable and advocate for a political system that truly serves the public interest.

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