Members of our political establishment have some serious relationship issues with the people they’ve been elected to serve. They lie and cheat behind our backs. They’ve made very poor decisions that have negatively impacted our lives for quite a long time. It’s getting old. And frankly, I’m tired of it. I think it’s time we sit down and talk.
Our politicians, and the self-indulgent bureaucracy they’ve constructed for themselves, are like someone with an alcohol or drug addiction who doesn’t recognize his behavioral problems, choosing instead to remain in denial. An addict doesn’t understand how his behavior diminishes trust and harms relationships. He keeps repeating the same mistakes because he is comfortable in his familiar routine and won’t let anything into his psyche that could possibly invalidate his self-image. Now we can remain co-dependent and allow his actions to continue harming himself and others, or we can stage an intervention to trigger his awareness so he can break his bad habits. If we’re successful, he will 1) question the fundamental truths he holds about himself and his place in the world, 2) redefine who he is and how to manage his relationships, and 3) approach his life with healthy values, beliefs and attitudes. His life-changing experience will not only improve his own life, but it will positively influence the lives of everyone he touches. And like any recovering addict, even if he relapses now and then, he will find confidence and strength in his new core values, which will enable him to correct his own behavior with earnest intentions and self-discipline.
For any political transformation to have lasting results, it must address the core values that caused the bad habits to develop in the first place. It must shake the foundations of misguided truth that cause our politicians to neglect their relationships. We can help our political system discard its bad habits by replacing its flawed values with others that promote the greater good. If we don’t do this, in the end, everyone will suffer. For starters, our worldwide military dominance will someday come back to bite us, and our refusal to address climate change will have its own bad ending.
We’re in an unhealthy relationship that is only getting worse over time. And if things don’t change, there will be no happy endings for us. We can’t go on being told what to think. We don’t approve of the hate and aggression. And we’re tired of being neglected. We’ve remained in this relationship far too long, and it’s time for a political intervention.
Let’s do it before it’s too late.
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