Now You Fool Me
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Whoever said that, must’ve really known conmen.
Political parties disagree with the opposition, and vice versa. They even react to current events, whether domestic or foreign. But ever noticed a politician publicly disagree with another voice on the same team?
The only other place you’d probably see that, is in the army, where you’re trained never to question authority. But that isn’t the case, nor should it be so in politics. Politics is where stupid ideas must be refined in a fire of counterarguments, before anyone dares make them anything more.
But that isn’t the case in reality, the world over. And that should tell you all you need to know about the herd and the lack of individual reasoning. Something that should be of great concern to progressive countries.
In the Godfather, Michael Corleone advises his brother, ‘don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family.’
But, should it apply to people who are part of the machinery that directly or indirectly runs a country? The interest of the masses, at least in theory, should be first priority. And yet we almost never hear an independent thinker strongly and publicly disagree with a brash party strategy or decision.
Even when a politician is found guilty of a wrongdoing, the almost uniform, cinematic, tailored reactions of fellow-party members, dialogues included, reflects suspicion far more than it does unity.