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Politics and The Law of Attraction

Politics and The Law of Attraction

By Martha Randolph Carr

There's a reason political consultants get paid so much money. Getting elected has so many variables which change daily making it impossible to give the folks what they want for very long. It gets even trickier when there's a war going on that we are half-ignoring, an economy sliding into a recession and environmental issues that look like they could threaten our existence. Each of those issues lack a clear answer, but if you're running for office you're obligated to say something. That something, though, will inevitably come back to haunt you later if it turns out you gave the wrong answer, momentarily. You see, it's only a wrong answer until the question is changed.

A sudden terrorist attack on American soil and everyone who has been pressing for more troops, more weapons, a bigger war is going to watch their approval ratings soar. However, the same kind of attack on Iraqi soil with large numbers of American troop casualties and the candidate's numbers take a small dive. The economy is even trickier. No matter what the current issue is, no candidate can afford to alienate their financial backers and expect to stay in the race. A media presence costs big money. But there aren't enough wealthy voters to carry a race. Thank goodness, or the rest of us could be ignored altogether. I'm not sure if that counts as cynicism when it's such an obvious. Balance is required here giving each side just enough of what they want so that enough voters from different demographics will vote for you. The bulk of the voters are worried about bills, retirement, paying for college, buying a house. Perhaps, keeping the house they already mortgaged at a variable rate after deregulation. Now let's see, which politicians voted for that one?

This is one of my favorite parts of an election. For just a moment, nothing is the voter's fault and blaming others is encouraged. We didn't start that war, our elected officials did. We didn't make it easy to get sub-prime mortgages, those guys in Washington did. We didn't make it easier to drive a nice big SUV with room for eight that's generally empty of people but has become moving storage, well, you get the idea. We are all helpless children again, trying to pick the best parents.

There is no talk of consequence on our part and what we could do next to make some kind of lasting change. Sure, Al Gore has a movie about the environment we all went to see but have you heard anyone talking about it lately? Ditto Jimmy Carter and his plan to keep building affordable homes with fixed interest rates. If someone brings it up again, we nod in agreement and will even separate our newspapers from the big pile of plastic water bottles, but we are leaving the heavy lifting like eco-friendly design plans that encourage walking to those who have made a career out of government policy. We want to go back to wondering if we'll get our own individual list of desires. Those read more like: lose weight somehow, move ahead in career somehow, get love somehow. Our lists often lack any exact direction or planning. Hence, the reason so many of us loved the law of attraction and the idea of just picturing what we wanted, the end result, and letting go forever of any of the bothersome elements, like moving off the couch and out the door.

However, for those paying attention, the gurus of the law also said that as we focused on what we desired, opportunities to take appropriate action would arise and we should move quickly, go on out that door, and start being a part of our own solution. A lot of us ignored that part. Action inevitably leads to responsibility and change, which we can't predict from the beginning, which is scary, so why start?

We should all start because consequence shows up anyway. Have you not been paying attention at all? We have blamed others for all of our ills for generations and the problems got bigger, more serious, and even deadly. Not taking any action didn't mean we were going to get to stand still or get more time to decide. It meant that the things we didn't like had a chance to really take root and what we hoped to see become a reality still waits for our involvement.

So, if your next move is to ignore everything I just said and go back to talking trash about Obama or McCain, just remember, every great monument was built by many hands one step at a time. Every great ruin was casually ignored by the masses over time. Our collective mishaps haven't gone too far, though. We still have choices, but maybe the important ones are about what we are going to do next, not the politicians. More adventures to follow.

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