Disillusionment

Disillusionment

Disillusion – [dis-i-loo-zhuh n] – Verb (used with object) – to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.

Noun 2. – a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.

Origin of disillusion 1590-16001590-1600; dis-1+ illusion – disillusionment, noun

I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with politics! More precisely, with politicians. I get it, in order to win election to Public office you have to really, really want it. You must put yourself out there, exposed for your would be constituency to see, poke a stick at, and decide your fate.

Yuck, who would want to do that?

Someone driven by a superior sense of public service, e.g. “Serving the Public Good”, admirable, yes? I think so, and I personally know several individuals who meet and surpass that criteria.

So what is my problem?

Self-sacrifice – [self-sak-ruh-fahys, self-]  – Noun – Sacrifice of one’s interests, desires, etc., as for duty or the good of another.

Origin of self-sacrifice Expand – 1795-18051795-1805

  1. self-sacrificer, noun
  2. self-sacrificial [self-sak-ruh-fish-uh l, self-] (Show IPA), adjective
  3. self-sacrificing, adjective
  4. self-sacrificingly, adverb
  5. self-sacrificingness, noun

Self sacrifice. The Christ is the only human to have actually self-sacrificed himself for the wellbeing of the human race and since he was a tri-god it cannot be compared against the abilities of lesser mortals. All others who serve pale in comparison, yet that is the quintessential quality of ‘Service’. Therefore, my problem with politicians comes when they place their own personal goals ahead of the common good. When Party, hubris, and winning the election become so paramount that all other concerns fade into the background. Why is winning so damn important?

I have been engaged in several online discussions today about the possibility of a split progressive vote between liberals from several Parties. There is a rare, yet distinct possibility that Greens, HRC supporters and Bernie-ites could split the vote in 2016 so that a Trump victory becomes a reality. (See the four articles at the end of this post) I hold the opinion that those who have virtually no chance of winning the 2016 Presidential Election should, for the good of the Nation, drop out and request that their supporters get behind the candidate with the best chance of winning, whoever that turns out to be. I know that is a great sacrifice and that it goes against our competitive instincts; however, it is the right thing to do. IMHO

The Harvard Crimson

The Atlantic

Sparknotes

The Washington Post

 

2 thoughts on “Disillusionment

  1. I agree 100% with your plea that those who cannot win get behind the person who can win in order to stop fascism in the guise of Trump. But, ambition is a sneaky temptation and I think Bernie has drunk the kool-aid. I am also very concerned about the sheer ugliness of a Hilary-Trump showdown.

    Louise

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    • Competitiveness is a jealous master. Capable of bestowing great rewards upon those who follow its dictates in a fair and just manner: however, it is notorious for exacting an intolerable price on those who follow too intently and exclusively to winning at all costs.

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