Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What's "Wrong" with the Legislature?

The world is changing -- which is the news the traditional media doesn’t report on, and this is the reason for the decline in the interest in “politics” as well as the ‘news” in general. Their interests and empowerment have shifted to a much more personal (effective) but also global scale.

About the only ones left in the old style political process are the union members because they are the only ones who still believe that they are “nothing” unless they all stick together and impose their will and interests on everybody else. Most competent people have evolved beyond that mindset -- to become individuals -- who are capable of speaking and representing themselves, and want to do so.

Legislators these days are little more than “shop stewards” rather than leaders and respected in the community at large, with the possible exception of a Linda Lingle or Ed Case. Most of them are advocates (lawyers) for special interests -- and so those are the small minority of people who lobby long and hard for their grab of the pie every year. The rest want no part of it -- and recognize that their participation only legitimizes and validates an unfair process -- in which all the hired hands lie, cheat and steal -- and the press is impressed rather than acting as the first line of defense for the public interest. Instead, they will disclaim that they have a higher purpose than the public good -- which is their own “objectivity” -- as though they were gods rather than human beings with the power to do something, as their first duty as citizens of any society.

And so the press also loses its credibility and influence -- because people see what is going on that the mainstream media doesn’t want to report on, and instead, report on the partisanship as though it was leadership and the only game in town. Real leadership dies for the lack of recognition and reinforcement. The most narrow partisanship is what is reported on -- which doesn’t interest fair-minded people who are interested in a good return of their investment, and not its frivolous waste and frustration.

The reason newspapers lost their influence is because they no longer saw their essential role as contributors to the construction of a better society but instead became “objective” reporters of the “decline” -- while they did nothing positive even if they were the only ones there, because that would make them “subjective.” So they became complicit to this indifference -- and so did everybody else. Everybody has a duty to create a better world -- and not just everybody else so the reporters can objectively report about it while doing nothing to contribute to it, and even fanning the flames of demagoguery as “their” job.

4 Comments:

At February 07, 2007 9:15 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

While the columnists like to complain about what the politicians are doing, it usually takes two to create a culture -- of indifference and indiscrimination, which is the very mantra the liberal press has been ramming down the public's throat for so long -- with no idea what they are talking about. (It just sounds like a fancy word that makes them sound smart.)

Being able to discriminate critically, is the height of human intelligence -- and NOT to be able to discrimiate anything, is why we have bad government (education, etc.) -- and people cannot tell the difference!

 
At February 07, 2007 5:50 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

One of the underlying problems indicating the lack of confidence in our elected officials is that we feel the requirement to lobby them relentlessly for them to do the right thing -- rather than that they should have that capacity to think for themselves as the primary qualification, and be resistant to lobbying pressures and enticements.

That is the very problem of politics in Hawaii -- and not that we have to lobby them better, or harder. There's something fundamentally wrong in all that -- that MORE is not going to cure.

The governance of life is moving beyond the government -- which is a good thing. Before Governor Lingle, everybody felt that the ONLY thing they could do was to write letters to the editor trying to shame the governor to do the right thing, rather than feeling confident that the governor is capable of arriving at that realization by themselves. That is confidence -- that we didn't have before, in our highest officeholders.

I think those subtleties are a greater measure of healthy government/society -- than that we should feel that all our problems can only be solved by government. To feel more empowered, we should feel that most of the solutions of our lives, are what we do for ourselves. When we start talking about a government solution for every contingency, than obviously, it is a more "imperfect" society.

 
At February 07, 2007 5:59 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Ideally, that's what elections should be about -- that the community gets together and votes for the best and the brightest as their leaders -- and not for those who are the most susceptible to bribes, lobbying pressures, and personal career advancement. And particularly, the newspapers shouldn't be cheering them on in their cleverness at beating the system.

 
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