We’ve conflated capitalism with Darwinism. Blame it on voter apathy. Too few of us go to the polls, and those of us who do vote allow ourselves to be distracted by social issues. It’s the life-and-death economic and healthcare issues we need to be talking about.
Corporate America’s legion of lobbyists have taught our legislators that it pays to betray the middle class. Republicans sold out to one set of corporate interests and Democrats sold out to another.
Politics is the art of getting people to vote against their own self-interest. It’s like bullfighting, which depends on the deliberate misdirection of visual attention.
The matador is aware of the limits of the bull’s visual sense and its intelligence, and draws the animal’s attention away from his own body and towards the cape. So instead of goring the man who’s tormenting it, the bull charges the cape.
The cape in this instance is a toxic verbal stew that stokes people’s rage on social issues and turns Americans on each other. I’m afraid things will have to get much worse for many more people before we start to focus on the issues that matter.
We need a massive groundswell of anger for change to happen, and right now we’re just not mad enough. Or to put it another way, we’re mad about the wrong things.