The American Presidential Election Is a Joke
The lazy minds of Americans diminish the power of the democracy upon which we are founded. However, bloggers write in a special sphere of influence and possess the power to change. Bloggers have the support of their readers.
Social media in general carries a powerful voice, though creating thoughtful arguments is challenging in short posts. Bloggers can enlighten and educate the masses in their audiences, and they hold a potent weapon against political ignorance.
I have kept silent on politics in my years of blogging because I feared offending readers, but this political season is forcing me to speak out for an improvement of our democracy. I fail as a blogger if I do not promote the health of our democracy.
To an outsider, our political process must seem a joke, and to an insider politics, anger and frustrate us. It is essential that we pinpoint the problem in order to change the way our democracy functions.
The core cause of the state of our democracy does not come from social media, the internet, or other venues of political free speech. These media, instead, can improve knowledge and engagement.
The cause of the problems is that we citizens allow the media and politicians to make a puppet show of our system, a political farce.
We are unacquainted with oppression, suppression, and deprivation, and the lack of these hardships pushes us to watch the political spectacle of elections the way we view the Superbowl. Presidential races are events that we either ignore or passively watch on the media. The race is a game, and the fans, both apathy and indifference producing inaction.
We watch the presidential race with the impression that it doesn't matter, our voice doesn't count, and the system is corrupt.
Learning at the Feet of the Oppressed
The politically suppressed speak with power on freedom and democracy because they wear the education of the oppressed.
Deprived of modern technology and freedom of speech, political prisoners know democracy because they lust after freedom. If you want truth about democracy, speak to those who do not have it. The problem is that their political systems rob them of their voices.
For example, Liu Xiaobo (Chinese: 刘晓波) battles for human rights as a Chinese author, professor, and human rights activist who pleas for political reforms in oppressive China.
He called for the end of communism and the birth of democracy, but his voice is currently silenced, incarcerated in a Chinese prison to shut him up.
In his 4th prison term, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2010) but was not allowed to accept it or speak. He probably is unaware that he even won the prestigious award. How would it feel to be robbed of your voice, silenced in a prison because you aspire to freedom?
In China, where freedom is long extinct, Liu stated:
"Hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and block a nation's progress to freedom and democracy."
Hatred corrodes an individual's conscience, and our society, though founded in freedom, risks oppression. We are a society overcome by hate, but this is a secondary emotion. Fear of others is the primary emotion, and our culture's cup overflows with it. Bloggers are thinkers and teachers with the responsibility to educate audiences, dispelling fear and hatred. Knowledge and education erase fear and fuel a healthy democracy with freedom for all.
Bloggers are Educators
If you blog, you educate whether you realize it or not. And, you bear the responsibility to teach truth discovered through skepticism, reason and logic. These three pillars lead to truth, and you must educate yourself before you educate others. The pillars lay the foundation of our American Constituation.
You might argue that your blog is not about politics, but all topics can include a discussion of truth and freedom.
Blogging is an opportunity to share your wisdom. Wouldn't it be amazing if Gandhi were alive to voice his wisdom with a blog? Gandhi saw education as progress and enlightenment, leading to a healthy democracy. He also promoted teaching:
"Everyone, to some extent, can do the work of spreading education."
Americans want progress, and Gandhi states that lifelong learning and teaching are the keys.
Silence is freedom's enemy. You have a powerful voice as a blogger, and an audience that trusts you.
Education Crushes Fear and Hatred
Listen to any speech or debate with politicians, and you will probably react with these emotions:
Negative passions inspire an engaged public, but politics requires reason and logic. Imagine if the Founding Fathers had let fear overcome them instead of reason.
The first step towards freedom realizes that politicians manipulate with emotion rather than reason.
Politicians address the issue of immigration, for example, by playing on your fear of others and dehumanizing the discussion, with each politician creating unique fears to persuade you.
The issue of terrorism is not about the issue of terror for politicians but a tool to manipulate you with fear. Look at the topics in debates, and you'll see arguments grounded in emotion, mainly fear. You are taking a step toward improvement by thinking critically about the motivations of politicians.
How to Use Your Blogging Voice to Rid Politics Based on Fear and Hatred
Notice that I have not spoken of political parties. This is intentional because all parties use the same tactics, rhetoric, and strategies.
The point I make is issue not party based: how to blog skeptically about politics and issues regardless of parties.
This list will give you a good start to change the American political dialogue, and believe me, you have influence:
You are an intelligent teacher and blogger. You benefit a large community when you speak of values, issues, and politics, separate from religion and parties.
Blog a revolution in American democracy.
Some input would be appreciated: What holds you back from including values, issues, and politics in your blog? Do you have a different view? Please comment below.
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