Re: Attack ad goes too far, editorial, May 2
You aptly raise the issue of, “Why fewer people want to engage in our political system.”
Have you ever tried to raise an issue with a politician? If you're extremely lucky, you might get a chance to speak to an aide with little or even no knowledge of your issue, with their end-game apparently just to get rid of you, and even when it is apparent they ignore your issues and refuse to do anything about them, they expect a thank you.
They have no thought towards the effort you've made, and the interest you've shown in the political system, or its issues. Politicians only want you to listen to them, not the other way around.
How about joining a political party? I did, paying for five years in fees, and never once getting invited to anything, not even a rally. The only contact I received was them asking me for yet more money, with still no concern about issues of interest to me. Others I've also spoken to got no more than me for paying their membership fees.
Heck, they didn't even send us a membership card or even a receipt ... makes me wonder what they did with my money? Membership, apparently, is only a list of possible future donors – someone they can bilk.
Now, have you ever listened to a politician say something nice about another politician? Only once they're dead. So, the only good politician, by their own actions, is a dead politician.
So, why do good people like me, who care deeply about my country, not participate, or engage in the political system? We're not allowed to ... just try.
Fred Stock, MCpl(Ret'd)