PART 2: MARK CONFUSES HIMSELF
This time Bagman is ready and frowns at me when I come in with a sheepish look on my face.
BAGMAN: “Don’t tell me you’ve decided to change your mind about the blog.”
I hesitate. I was thinking of quitting it and going to something else but Sherri seemed interested. Then Nan said something that made me realize I had been looking at things with a one-track mind. Because Government is not about money, and maybe not really about efficiency. It’s about people’s desire to help in areas where no profit-minded organization is going to tread…health, welfare, education, defense. And that’s why I got into it in the first place – to help people.
I’m also realizing that my experience is really limited. I only know a little about American democracy and nothing about all the other democracies in the world.
BAGMAN: “You’re babbling, Mark. You are supposed to be talking about voters.”
BAGMAN: “Yeah! You were going to point out that very few people vote, particularly in local or state elections. And you were going to state that most people who do vote are people who are angry with the status quo…or just angry.”
But I’m no longer sure that is true.
BAGMAN: “Have you read the letters to the editor in the newspaper lately. They are always angry about something!”
But, now, I’m not sure I can make the logical connection that there’s a connection between letters to the editor and people who vote.
BAGMAN: “At least you still agree that almost all political campaigns are negative!”
Well, I guess. At least lately. At least around here.
BAGMAN: “People vote against someone, not for someone else! Where was the Tea Party when Bush was President. And then there are the people who actually campaign to get someone elected. They all have something they want from it – pork, jobs for themselves and their uncles, access to power. Hidden agendas!
I’m not sure that is as true as I thought it was last week. I know that when I started to write this, I was going to make the point that electing people by a majority of angry people who bother to vote lowers the standard and puts idiots in power…but…
BAGMAN: “Yes! Don’t waffle! It’s why idiots get elected and have to come in kicking down everything that’s been done and diverting money to their constituents.”
…But I don’t think that is really true! Now that I think more about it. When did I lose faith in humanity?
BAGMAN: “Do you want me to answer that?”
I’m looking around and wondering where Butler is. I need him to help me escape from the corner I’ve trapped myself in. He’s nowhere to be found. So I just snap back at Bagman – “No! Forget it! You’ve said too much as it is! People are basically good, basically altruistic, wishing to help the less fortunate. Now that I have thought more about this, I believe the majority of people want government to be uplifting and helpful.
BAGMAN: “But those aren’t the people that vote! You told me yourself last week!”
I was wrong. At least I think I was wrong. Bagman is confusing me now with my own words. I stomp out of the office determined not to write anymore about this topic and hoping that Bagman doesn’t press the POST button.
BAGMAN (pressing the POST button): “Muah ha ha ha!”