Friday, November 5, 2010

Politics is Just Another Show Business Medium

There's showbiz stage, television, movies, music and there's politics.  How a politician looks and moves is more indicative of how she/he'll attract votes than what he/she says or stands for. The greatest movie/photo director of the Twentieth Century was the one who controlled the shots of FDR.  They concentrated on his powerful shoulders (well-muscled from using crutches) instead of showing him being lifted like a helpless baby into and out of cars etc.  He never would have been elected to any office after being stricken by polio if the public had images of his withered legs.

Pundits have always said that Nixon won the debates with Kennedy according to radio listeners, but his sweat-stained suit jacket and 5 o'clock shadow lost him the TV viewers.

The United States Democratic Party is upset by the glamorous and natural celebrity of Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol.

Yes, you've probably noticed that I pay very little attention to policies when it comes to politics and elections.  I'm an awful cynic about politicians.  I'll never forget the ad, "Promise Her Anything, but Give Her Arpege."

Politics is all about illusions, promises.  Israeli politics ends up not being very different.  It should be, because instead of two "supermarket" parties vying for office, there are a multitude of political parties with various ideologies.  At least that's how it was in the first fifty years of the state.  Recently there's no real difference between the Likud, Kadima and Labor.  We've been getting the same sort of government and policies from all of them. 

The voters are different, but the politicians are interchangeable.  The establishment of Kadima proved that.  It united a bunch of ambitious men and women willing to do anything, say anything just to get elected.

A lot of people keep concentrating on which politicians are "best for Israel."  It's all hevel, norishkeit, hot air or nothingness to me.  We each have to remember that it's up to us, how we keep G-d's mitzvot commandments.  G-d will reward us for the good and punish us for the bad.
Yisrael Batach baHashem!
People of Israel, Trust in G-d!
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat


Anonymous said...

kadima is indeed a strange amalgam of the craven.
but i do not agree with you that labor kadima and likud are interchangeable. dont you think that kadima and labor would have continued the freeze, if not given back land by now? im fairly certain about barak. during his brief sorry stint as pm he couldnt agree to give away as must as possible soon enough. unbelievably arrogant and stupid when i think back on it...

Batya said...

With Likud in the opposition, there wouldn't have been a dejure freeze. Likud is always better in the opposition.