I know how the expression goes: “don’t hate, participate.” But, like many things, as we grow we have to look at things from different perspectives. And through life’s experiences we learn that there are some occasions where we must hate AND participate.
This is where I am with United States politics. I hate it but I am still going to participate in it. The way I see it, if I don’t stay involved and people who think like me (or people who simply think in general) don’t stay involved we leave our lives to be governed by others who, without a doubt, do not have our best interests at heart.
“It is far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else.” Kwame Nkrumah
Living in this country and not fully participating in the political process is handing someone else control of your your day to day life.
At this time of life, the majority of the people being locked up (in the land of the free) are brown and black peoples. People who are other than white are those most affected by the judicial system. However, when you look at the judges across this nation, white men are overwhelmingly the ones sitting on the bench. Again, someone outside your community, who likely has been influenced by the disgraceful concepts of white supremacy, is deciding how your life is affected.
Let’s talk money. Understand this, by monopolizing the political process and policy they manipulate the system to benefit themselves monetarily. In other words, they set up the laws to make sure they make money and you do not, regardless of how hard you work.
The only way to change this is to be so present in the system that the system starts to represent the interests of you and your community or revolt. The violence and destruction involved in revolution is heavy and devastating. So you know, that’s certainly an option of last resort.
About that presence and representation in the system, it has to be overwhelming. We ALL have to decide to delve into the process, in solidarity. We have to talk about it. We have to be about it, as if our future depends on it, because it does.
We cannot bough out when things don’t go our way. And we cannot operate as if we are above the system. We have to maintain integrity at every level.
I know how difficult it is but we have to change our perspective. Legislation – the laws – has helped to force changes in the country. There have been many, many wins pushing us closer to the ideals of the founding father. Of course, there have been set backs, expect more. That’s life. Get OVER it.
I am not going to bounce up tomorrow loving politics. I hate it, remember. Still, I am confident the system will better if I am part of it then if I am not. My opinion, my input, my votes will make a difference towards good.
If enough people who care about people stay a part of the system, I am sure the system will the wiser from their participation. It is a process. And we can change the process for the better if we work TOGETHER.