Originally Posted by mrblanche
The good thing here in the U.S. is that we have a good chance of actually changing the overall philosophy of our government with any given election, and all you have to do is convince 51% of your fellow citizens to go along with you to accomplish that.
Sometimes I wonder how true that is. It's not like we change any philosophies, it just like we rotate
them. It's the same couple of philosophies, one, then the other, sometimes skip one, but never really changing.
A crusty old Master Gunnery Sergeant with a PSB from his days with HMX-1 explained his idea of politics to me once somewhere over the pacific in a KC-130. He told me that government was much like a machine, doing what the machine does, day in, day out, nothing more, nothing less. He pointed to the plane's hydraulic system annunciator panel and said that is what Washington is like. A big cluster of lights, some red, some green, a white one here and there, and the big test light on top. The lights glow and wink and make pretty patterns, but all they really tell you is if the machine is working or not. You can't see
what the machine is doing, you just have to take the light's word for it. The light bulbs and their colors have no bearing at all on what the machine actually does. And the big light at the top...it just tells you that power is present.
And after an election, we like to celebrate and pat ourselves on the back for our "victory" and for "making changes"; when in fact, all we did was change some light bulbs.