Politicians make political profit by passing ineffective laws. I study firearms laws, so that is where I noticed it first. When it comes to regulating violence in our society, a politician doesn’t need to actually improve things with their legislation. In fact, the next gun law they pass can actually make things worse rather than better.
We buy our politics like an impulse shopper. We don’t look beyond the packaging. Politicians live in a world of vague images and impressions about the stated intent of their proposed law. All the politician really needs is a good headline. He will even write the headline for the media.. if the media lets him.
Favorable media coverage helps the politician get political donations. Campaign cash is the real goal of legislation. That is a far cry from actually doing the people’s business and controlling criminal violence on our streets.
You and I live in the real world where a politician can’t do ver
y much. The reasons are simple enough. When it comes to controlling violence, criminals don’t obey the law. That is a problem for the average unarmed citizen, but violent crime is actually an opportunity for the politician. More laws and controls are always the solution.. no matter what the problem. All that matters is that the politician’s press release spins well enough for the fawning news media.
This problem is widespread. A gullible news media and short attention span voters can be found from coast to coast and border to border. The only solution I see is to have a smaller government and to be a better consumer of political news. Pay attention to what your politicians do.
Our politicians won’t change unless we change them. Our politicians will only stop lying when they are caught and shamed.