Opinion | Republicans may have damaged U.S. economy, but individualism truly cripples society
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 01:10
People are officially pissed off from the government shutdown. Services are being cut, many workers aren’t getting paid and other things are occurring that are forcing people to live in a state of poverty.
The Republicans are crippling the economy based upon the notion that everybody should find a job and get working by themselves, instead of relying on the government, even though the Republicans were elected on the idea that they would create jobs to prevent this from happening. The Democrats are equally useless, blaming the Republicans entirely for their mismanaged executive office over the past five to six years. Somehow, “I told you so,” doesn’t quite cut it.
Last year, on Sept. 4 I had written an opinion article in The Miami Student. In it, I blasted the current system we are in and called for people to “delegitimize the power in and surrounding Washington D.C.,” especially since last year was election year. And a year later? The government is shut down and Congress has the lowest approval rating since 1973.
Of course, my message wasn’t worldwide, and many people probably never saw it (actually, most people probably never saw it). But that goes down to what society is here at Miami: apolitical. Who cares about politics? Why should we care about politics? “It has done nothing for me and doesn’t affect me,” would say many students and adults. Really? I’m not joking... really...really?
Politics and the political realms decide everything you do.
You want to drive to work? Politics.
You want a road to walk on? Politics.
You want to drink your government-approved beer (unless you decide to homebrew...with government approved ingredients) and party in your government-approved house? Politics.
Let me be blunt: There is no escape. Does that mean it is a necessary evil? No. Well, right now it is. But that’s not because of the government. It is because of you. Yes, you, students of Miami University (and potentially faculty or parents of students). You choose to go on with business as usual. Vote, carry on with life, vote, carry on with life, and then when something bad happens, you decide to complain how it is the fault of those you elected.
So where is the problem? It is with apathy, and viewing politics as an end to society. In reality, politics is a pathway to a better society. People don’t view it like that though.
When I say better society, I mean society as a whole. Not “what you think is best for you in society.” Pleasing every individual in society brings nothing to society as a whole.
If the government gave every single person a free car, society’s transportation needs would not (I repeat not) be met.
Highways would become incredibly congested and driving would become almost pointless.
However, a society that is given a public transportation system that covers massive (potentially national) ground, would solve transportation problems while leaving the option for those who still want and have cars to be happy as well. Currently, politics is viewed as a way to get yourself something.
That is the wrong mind-set, and with that mind-set, you have no reason to complain about government shutdowns or things not going your way. So I repeat my solution with an added point. Starting right now, delegitimize your politicians.
Give support to those who will help all of society. End the jobs of the career politicians who will look out only for themselves. But, most importantly, end the mentality of thinking only of yourself. Think of society as well, because things that truly benefit all of society will most likely benefit you as an individual (not the other way around).
I don’t want to write another article next year about this topic.