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I generally take an active stance against the discussion of politics in any way. I view it as the futile attempt of man to create order where it cannot last, and to be honest I feel as though it is beneath any self-respecting, intelligent, sentient mind. I purposely make a mockery of ballot slips by voting for obscure figures and ticking two or three candidates on the same sheet and by drawing obscure cartoon figures of the major political candidates (we have compulsory voting in Australia, so its either take 10 mins to vote around the corner or pay a fine). This probably stems from my hatred towards Sophists and all forms of rhetorical speech. I don't tend to make any such generalisations about anything, however from what I have seen from politicians it is quite difficult to refrain from speaking. I will try to express my views in an orderly fashion but I can't promise anything.
Born and raised in Australia itself raises questions about morality. A convict colony turned federation sounds like an inspiring story but considering that the local indigenous population suffered immensely in the process under the banner of Christianity, it doesn't feel so glamorous. Recently there have been many attempts to correct this which is good but still leaves much to be done. The political spectrum in Australia today seems to be a great debate between centre-right vs. centre-left/left. It doesn't seem so bad when you consider a country like the US.
I wish to point out that I do not have anything against the American people however they're political process seems absurd beyond anything I've ever seen.
I wish to reiterate that this is not an attack on the American people in general. A presidential race that takes almost 1.5-2 years seems excessive. It seems to have created an atmosphere where people are defined by whether they are a Republican or a Democrat. I will use the American model as a representative of all western democracies for my argument since it best displays my views.
My problem with American politics is that it only accommodates for two specific groups of people; Republican, i.e. religious nutcase, believes the universe was created in 6 periods of 24hrs each, wants to shoot everyone who disagrees with them, claims to defend freedom but stifles it at every turn etc. or Democrat, i.e. godless, near-immoral, claims to defend freedom but goes way too far with its erroneous justifications for freedom, etc. I know these might not be entirely true, but at least thats what I understood from the media (wink-wink).
I will focus on Republicans because they have taken it upon themselves to speak for Christians - a task at which they have no proficiency. It's quite embarrassing. It all started with Constantine declaring Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire - a colossal scar in the history of the church. By defining Christianity as the status quo he inevitably warranted the persecution of everyone else BY CHRISTIANS.