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It's just my way...

Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:12 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2008 2:15 pm
“What happened to your arm?”  “I, ah, fell against the dresser.  It’s no big deal.” “Hey, I’m your friend, don’t give me that.  Did he do that to you?  Was he drinking again?” “You just don’t understand. He works hard but never gets ahead and I put demands on him and he just snaps sometimes. That’s just his way.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Conversations like this happen everyday with regards to many different forms of abuse, be it alcoholism, domestic violence against a spouse or child, or any other sad situation where a person is abused. We have all been educated to look for signs of abuse and, hopefully, to report what we see to the authorities so that abuse can be stopped.  Medical professionals are now trained to look for signs of abuse. Teachers and others are also on the look out for forms of abuse and neglect.   By this time we are all paying attention or at least we should be.   That said I heard many discussions this week in the media where the punch line in each story was “that is just the way it is, the Chicago way.” Now this is different from physical or mental abuse of people since it is only politics.  Or is it? None of us can ignore physical or mental abuse when we come face to face with it.  But here we are using the same logic a victim of physical abuse uses to defend their tormentor.  That is just their way = that is the Chicago way.    Farfetched? I don’t think so. Our politicians are hired (elected) to do a job on our behalf.  When they abuse their power for personal gain we are being hurt by special interests or even criminal intent. If we choose to ignore it, to wash it away with a simple that’s just the way it is.  Then we are contributing to the problem. We are enabling them to continue their abusive behavior.  We are all so very cynical about politicians and their purported honesty.  We all know at least one joke where that is the punch line.  Yet we continue to fall for their promises and elect their selfish interests to represent us all.  We are all victims, victims of an abusive relationship where we hold the power to stop it but are either unwilling or afraid to act.   Americans – please stop enabling these abusive politicians or you will continue to play the part of victim.  When the Constitution was framed the founding fathers never dreamed anyone would want to serve multiple terms in any office because it took time away from the farm or their business.  They used words like civic and duty to describe the roles of office holders not bureaucrat or politician. It falls to the voter to invoke term limits on these life long politicians. But we don’t. We tolerate it. We re-elect them. We build statues and name streets for them.  We encourage them to abuse us more.   We are all victims. The Chicago way illustrates it for us. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2009 9:24 pm

It's just my way...

Smorgie, great analogy and well put.  The problem is there are still actually optimists out there who want to believe what these politicians say.  I know that sounds hard to believe, but there are people who need to believe in something.  The abused spouse needs to believe the abusive relationship will somehow end when in reality, it won't end until they get out.  Same goes for the American people.  Until they can find someone or something else to believe in, they're going to take what they can get whether it's right or wrong.  Maybe that sounds simplistic.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2008 12:05 pm

It's just my way...

I don't believe that "the masses" elect officials to enable them to abuse us.  They are elected because they most closely represent the views of the majority that gets out and votes. 

Two conundrums are created by my last statement:

  1. Why do they run?  Depending upon the individual, their motives could be relatively pure and wish to serve or hopelessly foul and wish to plunder.  In both cases, party affiliation determines nothing.  Dirt-bags exist among the elephants & donkeys.  Rod Blagojevich is the dirt-bag of the moment from the Democratic side.  In the end, many of the best people DON'T run.  The bureaucracy and corruption drive away many of our best to more lucrative or simple means of living.  Having served as a County Commissioner in Florida, I've seen from the absurd to the sublime. 
  2. "...the majority that gets out and votes."  Tragically, "the mases" only get out and vote when it's a Presidential election or some "sexy" issue is on the table.  Case-in-point, the US Senate seat in Georgia was up for a runoff this year due to a third-party candidate trying to pull a Perot and unseat Saxby Chambliss.  Amazing numbers of Democratic voters came out for the initial election to elect now-President-Elect Obama and gave longshot Jim Martin the opportunity for the run-off.  Chambliss destroyed Martin in the run-off, 57% to 43%.  This is solely due to the "fickle" voters; 3.7mm in the general election vs. 2.1 mm in the run-off.

If you're this dissatisfied with the current crop of elected officials, perhaps you should put your hat in the ring.  You CAN make a difference by doing so.  You can also make a difference by supporting, stumping and $upporting candidates that have the right moral compass (at least in your opinion).  Oh yeah, and make sure you vote.

Love the "Untouchables" reference, by the way.

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2008 2:10 pm

It's just my way...

Growing up, not taking abuse should be part of your lessons throughout schooling:  knowing what to do and how to handle situations.  How many people just accept it as the fate they are given? Have you heard what Brian Giles is going through in court? He had a girlfriend who he continually beat and abused (it's on video), and yet she still stuck with him through two miscarriages and seven years.  I don't understand why people who take the abuse stick around and they don't just say, "I don't deserve this, I'm done".

From a political aspect, abuse of power is something that can't be tolerated.  It makes me cringe to think about how much of our money is going to unnecessary areas/people/funds/etc.  
The media brings these stories to the public, and they cannot let the issues go away until something is done.  My question is, if I'm in the Bronx hearing this story at work, what can I do to stop it? What can someone do from a thousand miles away besides complain?

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 1:42 pm

It's just my way...

George Washington when offered the throne.

John Adams when he resisted the call to war thus destroying his chances at a second term.

Truman agreeing to be VP to serve his country in light of his family's wishes to go home to Missouri.


those are 3 examples off the top of my head....

Your cynicism made my point, Sla, thanks.  Tell me you don't vote for Robert Byrd....please.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:44 pm

It's just my way...

Our politicians are hired (elected) to do a job on our behalf.  When they abuse their power for personal gain we are being hurt by special interests or even criminal intent. If we choose to ignore it, to wash it away with a simple that’s just the way it is.  Then we are contributing to the problem. We are enabling them to continue their abusive behavior.Ohh Smorige....very noble.....but when  has politics the  history of the world been a souce of individuals operating on a higher moral ground?

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 4:10 pm

It's just my way...

Hey nice picture!!! Its very soothing.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:39 pm

It's just my way...

How about we remind them of our Second Amendment rights ?  Or charge them with treason and publicly carry out the sentence ?   It would make them think twice.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:22 pm

It's just my way...

Nothing a cat o nine tails and an hours worth of time wouldn't fix.

I think the masses only arise when something is truely bent in politics.  Like Nixon and the watergate, not Bill Clinton and his white owl excercises.

Apparently the governer of IL thankfully has messed up so much that nobody couldn't help but not notice what was happening.  If you watched the daily show yesterday one of their reporters had an interview with him a lil over a year ago.  Needless to say it was quite enjoyable.


The way society is built today mass protest isn't really an option, too many people are locked  down into their jobs and have a lot of needs that have to be met.  I'm sure many people wanted to voice their displeasure but hanging around outside of a building protesting in the middle of december is NOT something I would put myself through.

Its cold outside.

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