There are a lot of pieces

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Never ever discuss religion or politics. This is a good rule for many reasons. Religion and politics are ripe for controversy and debate for various reasons. Religion and politics deal with the abstract not the actual. Religion and politics are not sciences they are ideas and beliefs great lofty ones, but different diverse and since they are not science they can really not be a right or wrong. Descartes does a bang up job of moving towards ideas being right or wrong through his letter to Guillaume Gibieuf, but it seems important to note that even though, Descrates felt that ideas were so important to the human condition, he did not create a formal treatise concerning his ideas.
An idea creates plans for a tons but the idea itself is not an action as far as society is concerned. You can have all the nefarious thoughts you want but until you act on them society is not affected. Religion and politics are ideas beliefs and thoughts and cannot really be proved or disproved therefore they should not be discussed but this is my blog and I am going to discuss politics (insert gasp here).

Politics: Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, meaning “of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community.
This is a narrow definition for politics but for this discussion this will be my definition. The politics I would like to discuss are the ones around the tragedy in Ferguson Missouri. I don’t know how you could but if you missed it in the city of ferguson Missouri a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black suspect to death. The shooting was investigated by a grand jury and the grand jury did not find significant evidence to go forward with criminal prosecution of the police officer.
The politics that took place during the investigation and tragedy are what I would like to speak to.
The tragedy as with many galvanized the local community. A dead 18 year old should never happen. What the politics spurred was, (to me an outsider not a member of the ferguson community merely an observer of the media coverage of the tragedy and politics following) an attitude of vengeance, not one of understanding or justice.
Now vengeance and hate are low hanging fruit for politics. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it was easy for the politicians to encourage citizens of the United States to enter the war and kill Japanese. After ww2 ended it was the hate for the Japanese that made it hard to rebuild the island nation. No one in the United States would purchase products made in Japan. This is where in history we see the phrase made in occupied Japan come into play. Buying something made in occupied Japan could be done by someone who hated Japan. Even though hate and vengeance are low hanging fruit and can be snatched quickly I do not think they are best for a cause. Maybe politicians should stick to cooperation understanding and justice.
Understanding is so important when politics take place and most political dramas (the one in Ferguson is no exception) are completely devoid of understanding by the actors.
No one knew the evidence of the altercation that resulted in the death of an unarmed 18 year old black male at the hands of a white officer, and yet theological activist used the unknown situation to promote their causes and agendas. I am not here to argue for or against a political cause or agenda in ferguson drama, I am merely commenting on what seems to be the martyrdom of an unknown victim in a tragic at the time unknown event.
With more information about the victim and the event the politics did not change the two sides seemed to continue to demonize and build up their protagonists.
I guess this is the problem I have with all political action. Politics should work for the good of the people but often as in ferguson politics seem to do more harm then good.
Time will tell but good politics should result in a situation in which law enforcement and a community have a healthy relationship. This so far does not seem to be the case.
I think anytime anyone takes part in political actions it would be a good exercise to ask themselves to what end? An will this do more good than harm?
So that is about as political as I will get ever.
Peace
John3c

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