There has been much talk of the democratic system falling apart as of late. The end of the world and such. I used to believe it too.
But not anymore. I realize now that it's all bullshit. The system is, in fact, working perfectly.
The system will always preserve itself. A civil war does not benefit the system, and thus such things are to be avoided at all costs. The people running the system are no longer dumb enough to upset the system enough for it to happen.
There is no difference between the left and the right. Sure they have different policies and agendas, but they both believe the same thing. They can do a better job then those dumbfucks on the other side.
People want 2 things. For everything to stay the same, and for everything to change. They want both to be totally true at the same time and that is not possible. So we waffle between the two; when things change, we scramble for to keep things the same. Then we realize that we really didn't like what we had to begin with, and we scramble to change again. Of course, what is changing and what is staying the same depends entirely on what side you're on. Both sides are blinded by the superficial differences of what they think should change and what they think should stay the same; that they never realize that they really aren't that much different at all.
But that's not quite right. On some unconscious level, humans realize that we aren't any different from anyone else. That thought scares the living shit out of people. So we focus on the superficial things. Race, Gender, Sexual orientation, Moral Values, education, the deficit. All the things that we can point at and say "I'm not like that" This is why we hate. This is why we have war. This denial of the simple truth is what causes all the stupid shit in this world that nobody wants.
But I'm loosing focus on the topic.
The population is polarized right now. This is dangerous ground for the system, and the system knows it. It will stabilize itself, relying on the apathy and ignorance of the populous to allow a few token gestures to settle things down for the moment. Bush will bring some moderates onto his cabinet, he won't push his religious agenda hard, and most people on the left will be satisfied that their lives aren't about to change too much. The war will continue on, and people will die and this will make the right happy. Eventually enough people will die that everyone will get tired of people dying and we'll want peace again. The sour taste of the war will make the populous swing over to support the left, and the left will push forward their agenda and the people on the left will be happy that the things they think are wrong with the world are getting solved. The right will be annoyed that their problems aren't getting solved and the pendulum will swing the other way again.
And so it goes. Now, clearly this is not a very good way of going about things, as a lot of people, are unhappy about a lot of stuff, all the time. There has to be a better way.
There is. Stop it. Just stop it. Open your fucking eyes and realize that everyone is wrong, and everyone is right. Reject the system entirely, and do what makes you happy, without hurting others. Don't worry about other people doing something you don't agree with, you don't have to. So long as everyone just tries to be a good person and not hurt people, it doesn't matter what other people do. Yes, people will step on each other's toes; humans are inherently flawed, and sometimes shit just goes pear shaped. It can't be helped. Say you're sorry and move on with your life, and try not to do the same thing again.
It's that fucking simple people. Why can't you do it?