Politics, Whose Side are you on, anyway?

Seems like everywhere I go
The more I see, the less I know
Michael Franti

Sometimes I find that the words of others can speak my mind more clearly than my own.
I am a fan of Shakespeare, especially his comedies. Watching the scenes unfold in the current Theater Poliltic I am reminded of that famous set of lines in As You Like It;
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women in it merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
In staking out their political positions, most of our elected officials and the talking heads in the media are gauging their actions, not with an eye to doing good, but to doing well. Seeking to play the justice but making sure their belly is full “with good capon lined”.
The left appears to be sliding more and more toward reliance on government for the solution to all problems. The concept of socialism has not shown itself to be up to the task of governance. Wherever it is manifest, the flattened standard of living removes neither the valley of poverty nor the peak of excess. It merely transfers to government the power over individual lives. By concentrating so heavily on the distribution of wealth, they are choking off the creation of wealth.
The right, by so firmly embracing “market solutions” is recognizing the peaks and valleys; is prepared to live with the peaks and valleys. They are measuring their success by the mean or by the average but both metrics accept the inevitability of failure. Market solutions concentrate on moving the mean by raising the upper measure. The right is concentrating so narrowly on wealth creation that they give no real attention to distribution.
The poor have no dog in either hunt. They never have. On the left, the vast resources of the economy are funneled into government where politicians dole out only enough to bribe each constituency into yielding more power to the governing elite. The right, jealously guards the wealth creators knowing that their largess will provide them with power. The left blames the wealth creators for poverty. The right blames the underclass for taking resources they did not earn and therefore do not deserve. The media doesn’t care one way or the other. They bark and yip, pushing opinion this way and that, to support whichever master feeds them best.
“A pox on both your houses!” “and your little dog too!”

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