I hate politics. No; I really fucking hate politics! What a load of utter bunkum! I’m certain there are things that bore me more, but I’m honestly struggling to think of what they are at this particular moment.
Whenever I see somebody posting about anything political on social media, no matter the format, I can feel myself slipping into a void of blackness like the vacuum of space. It’s my brain triggering the alarm that I might well be in the vicinity of somebody who’s trying to convince you they’re intelligent and up on current events, but are actually just really boring charlatans who read one article in one place about one thing and decided they would form an all-encompassing opinion based off it!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been dragged into political discussions (arguments by any other name) as the big “world altering” votes and decisions are taken. Scotland voting on whether to leave Britain really kicked it off. Then there was Brexit. Then there was the US presidential election and now I foresee it going full circle and coming once again back to Scotland leaving Britain. I’ve no doubt missed loads of other things, but whatever.
I’m sure it’s all very important stuff, but here’s the rub. I simply don’t care! Like, literally do not care whatsoever. My mind has been brutally beaten and left to bleed out in a gutter by all this political spiel that I’ve had to endure from simple working class people who became experts overnight. I’ve seen them talk like they’re politicians with all their jargon and statistics like they have a clue what they’re talking about. I see ridiculous statements like “if you don’t vote then you can’t have an opinion”, “if you vote to leave Europe then you’re a racist” and “if you vote for Trump then you’re a racist AND a misogynist AND a fascist”.
I’m all for a sweeping statement. That is, of course, a statement about sweeping. I’m not for the “generalisation of a group of people” kind of sweeping statement though. I’m a little hypocritical when I say that as I often call fans of football a bunch of knuckle dragging troglodytes when they obviously aren’t all knuckle dragging troglodytes. The same with WWE fans who I generally can’t stand, but they palpably aren’t all the overly opinionated, bandwagon jumping sheeple I claim them to be. I understand that it’s easier just to generalise sometimes and that’s what the abovementioned political geniuses are doing (most of the time – sometimes they are being personal).
I’ve seen many a wannabe political know-it-all get on their soapbox in recent times and shout at people, so I’m going to get on mine and shout too because I enjoy shouting. It’s therapeutic.
The thing that makes me laugh with John and Jane.Q.Public getting so passionate and vocal about their political stance is that I think they’re ignorant to one simple, basic fact. These politicians do not give a shit about you! There they are getting all frustrated and angry; throwing out generalisations of people who don’t agree with their opinion, when all they’re really doing is echoing the points made by a person who couldn’t care less who they are, what they do or whether they stopped breathing in that instant. All that person cares about is getting their grubby hands on money, power or both. Mr and Mrs Public vainly claim their opinion is the same as the politician they support, but they’re lying to themselves. They’ve been manipulated. They’ve slipped on the shoe that looks like it fits best, wore it and claimed it’s their shoe, but that shoe isn’t actually theirs. They’ll soon realise that appearances are very deceiving and that shoe doesn’t actually fit as well as it looked like it might.
Here’s my suggestion. These guys should remove themselves from the box of choosing one liar over another. They should stop listening to the lies these stuffed shirts habitually pour out in order to coerce a vote from them; or rather do listen, but listen properly and not just to what they want to hear. They should look at everything objectively and form their own opinion. If they do that properly then I’m pretty much certain they’ll arrive at the same conclusion as I did a long time ago…that it’s all complete and utter bollocks! We’re damned regardless of which stuffed shirt we vote into power. We’re damned if we leave Europe or stay in it. We’re damned if Scotland leaves Britain or doesn’t. We are small and insignificant in the eyes of those in power. We do not matter! They’ll get what they want whether we’re along for the ride or not.
People can shout their mouths off all they like with as much political jargon and fabricated statistics as one can gather from Google to reinforce a viewpoint that they don’t really understand at all from a person who’s just lying to them. Milo Yiannopoulos talks flamboyantly and confidently, but agreeing with him and recycling his views doesn’t make you a political expert all of a sudden.
I’ve had it justified to me that I should care about politics because of “how hard people fought for the vote all those years ago”. Sorry, what? So I have the democratic freedom to vote for whoever I like? Oh, okay then. I vote for Jeremey Clarkson. What? That’s not an option? I have to vote for one of the stuffed shirts shoved before me who I don’t know from Adam, yet I’m forced to believe whatever one of them says anyway? Wow! Thanks people who fought for the vote years ago! Perhaps you should have fought for something that’s actually of some use, eh? Of course, you’re entitled to think a vote is a wondrous privilege, but I personally find it to be a weapon of deception.
The illusion of choice and freedom is such a funny thing. We all think we’re free to do what we like and we couldn’t be more wrong. Nothing in life comes for free and nothing we do that goes against the wishes of the stuffed shirt we voted into power comes without consequence. We are bound by invisible chains that we all wilfully choose to ignore. Perhaps most are too scared to admit it. I know I’m not. I feel oppressed as hell, but in a smoke and mirrors kind of way. The governments of this world are good at smoke and mirrors. Well, not exactly good. Actually, they’re very poor at it because people see their ulterior motives, but they run with the method regardless.
I don’t know what impact the political changes of late will have; nodding mainly towards Brexit and Donald Trump becoming the new US president. None of us know. Yet I’ve seen so much talk that suggests people do know. Wow! You must give me next week’s winning lottery numbers, oh great seer! No, really. Give me those numbers! But seriously, I saw people crying over Trump’s inauguration on the news and I’m afraid I just don’t get it. I can understand why people don’t want a man like Trump as president, but I don’t understand why people would be so against it that they’d actually cry. Am I missing something? Serious question!
You can hypothesise about what might happen until your head falls off. You can read into stats that nobody truly has any idea where they came from. You can point the finger at those who don’t think the same things as you do. The fact is that you just don’t know what the hell is going to happen. Leaving Europe could be an amazing thing for Britain. Trump could do a really good job. Scotland might actually put Britain in a better position in the long run if it leaves. We just don’t know!
Here’s some further advice to add to my earlier suggestion. Just stop talking politics. Stop driving yourself crazy over something you can’t control. Concentrate on you and your life and make the best of it regardless of what changes might be coming. Your bellyaching isn’t going to make these stuffed shirts who don’t care about you suddenly sit up and go “You know what? They’re right!” Just get on with your day and stop letting what you can do literally nothing about (aside from the almighty vote) consume your mind and the precious time you have left on this planet.
Alternatively, disregard what I say and carry on letting all of this wind you up. Better yet, prove me wrong and hit me with all the stats and figures that are guaranteed to change my mind and make me choose a political party to throw my weight behind. Or the shouty ones amongst you could even drop me into your generalisations of people who think differently to you. Let’s see how much sleep I lose over it!
Politics. I’m still trying to think of something that bores me more…
Where do you stand on the subject of politics? Am I being ignorant to what is actually a very serious situation? Should I care more about these things? Or do you agree with me that people are getting far too involved? I want to hear your thoughts whether you agree with me or not so drop a comment below if you feel you have a point worth making.