Ever since I was a child I have had a resistance to identifying with any particular group including any particular religion or political party. However for most of my life, I claimed my self to be a Democrat (but even then, I would change over to registering as an Independent). My wish was for everyone to be treated equally and to have fair access to resources. I certainly never wanted government controlling people's lives.
I choose now to extricate myself from the choice of political party.
When I look deeper I see that, unconsciously, at the core of that democratic leaning was also a kind of lack of faith in humanity, a doubt that people would step up to help other human beings when a need arose...that ultimately we could not trust each other and that we need a government to look out for us and keep order.
But the reality I see is that government protects no one but their own. It is self serving. In fact governments are responsible for the greatest atrocities against humanity.
On the other hand, I see the majority of individual people as generally good. Groups and institutions that claim authority and wield power are generally problematic. Most people are good-hearted and will look out for each other when needed. People do step up with kindness and compassion, especially when their own basic needs are met. If people have time and resources, they will help other people. Most families want to take care of thier own and thier communities. I've seen neighborhoods come together to build a bridge, shovel snow off streets, help fire victims, and many people have stopped to offer me assistance on the roadside.
Often, people lack the time and resources to help out as much as they'd like. That's often when we turn to government to fill in, to help us, to be pseudo extensions of ourselves. I think that is the intention of voting. (A deeper inquiry is to ask why people dont have the time and resources to take care of each other?).
What I see clearly now is that the system we have entrusted to represent us is not doing a good job, it is not doing what we have naively entrusted it to do. As is demonstrated in history, over and over, power corrupts people, and corrupt people seek power. It seems people keep forgetting that...and give endless chances to a system that repeatedly betrays them.
We are now dependent on and beholden to government, to an extremely corrupt and dysfunctional machine, and bit by bit I see we are giving up our freedoms for the illusion of the government taking care of us and fixing our problems. We are clinging to ideals of freedom and choice that are not happening in reality. I think it is a dire mistake to depend on government. If you look at history, the reasons should become clear.
Dont be complacent and think that because we vote and supposedly live in a democracy that we are safe. Recent events have clearly illustrated that people in power believe they can do pretty much whatever they they want. Our legal system, meant to protect us, is expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, biased and ineffective, Not accessible and equal to all. The political system is rigged and the majority of people are economically handcuffed.
I truly believe it doesnt have to be this way. The only ones who can protect us are ourselves...We need to stop looking to institutions and officials to save or protect us or to tell us what to do. The more I learn, the more I see how unnecessary and destructive that is. We need to develop faith in ourselves and in each other as citizens.
This planet is abundant. There is enough for all of us to live abundantly if we work in harmony with nature and natural laws. There is potential to live with technology harmoniously and in ways which would not gouge our earth's resources or our pocket books. There's the potential for everyone to eat pure and fresh food that's not Infiltrated with chemicals, GMOs and hormones.
If we become more observant, caring and connected to nature, to the earth and her wisdom, I am confident we will find the answers to abundant and harmonious living. If we do our inner work, deal with our own shadow, resolve our personal and ancestral traumas, big and small, we will all be less reactive and less gullible, harder to manipulate and internally content.
If we turn inward we will see we are wiser and more powerful than we ever realized. When we look around us, we will see that most people are caring and helpful. That there is enough for everyone. We will also see that sometimes our own goodness makes us naive and prone to denial of the existence of evil, to corrupted minds and agendas. We need to be discerning and develop our own internal protection systems. It is greatly a mental game and requires a mental solution.
We can be internally empowered and less swayed by outside temptations and external messages. I see so many mainstream things influencing and manipulating our nervous systems and world views. Movies, TV series, FB posts, media, street signs, etc. I just saw a related Twitter post from Elon Musk where he said:
"Social media is a limbic amplifier, which inherently destabilizes civilization."
Wow, think about that! People are swinging all over the place in reaction to external narratives and stimuli. People are losing their Center and with that their access to thier internal wisdom. People are turning against each other. We are all vulnerable to destabilization and we all need to work consciously to stay grounded and centered.
We need self awareness, the ability to self reflect. Self knowledge is essential if we are going to be able to protect ourselves.
What world views are you clinging on to? I keep peeling back layers of the onion and looking deeper. I'm willing to consider that what I've always believed was real or true was not actually true at all? Are you? This can be a very uncomfortable process. Most people dont seem willing to do it or understand why it's so important.
In such an abundant universe, so why don't most people have abundant resources? How is our system , the government, perpetuating this discrepancy? Do you really think one political party or the other is going to fix that? Really? My god, parties have swapped back and forth for all my lifetime and those before me, and nothing really changes, not really, not deeply, not substantially! It's all a game. Its corrupt. Its lacking true care and true morality. I personally will not be party to that game any more.
Which type of Government or political party do you want? That to me sounds more like asking: How controlled or enslaved do we want to be?...a little enslaved, moderately enslaved or totally blatantly enslaved?
In any case, we are handing over our rights and decision-making to other people who are not actually representing any of us. Only we can represent ourselves. This is why our individual freedom, based in a framework of morality, is so important. We stand in our power through what we say Yes or No to.
Do we live in alignment between our Thoughts, Feelings and Actions? Do we follow moral code? If we do something against our will because of a fear of punishment that is coercion, and we are stepping outside of alignment and out of our power. Coersion is immoral. Acting from a fear of punishment is a low, childish level of moral reasoning.
How about we raise every body's morality? Teach moral reasoning, not authority worshiping.
There is the possibility of living a whole different kind of life, a good life. A harmonious life. Harmonious with the earth and with each other. The more people who can see this, visualizes it and move towards it, the more likely it can become reality. But seriously, its not going to happen if we cling to the status quo.
The government system we are entangled in is inherently corrupt because it involves giving our power away to others who act as if they have God-like authority. We are all equal in our rights. No one has more rights just because the hold a title or office. Not really. I dont think that we can change the government from within either. By playing the game and sticking to its man-made rules, we just perpetuate the problem. We give the dysfunction more fuel and power.
The only way out is out. That is scary. It will take courage. But its possible. The people courageously claiming their naturally given rights and protecting those rights in the name of freedom? Isn't that what this country was created to do?