Agenda Story

I voted for one political party for some 25 years to get a very specific policy proposal enacted. So what happened? The issue I was concerned about happened under the opposing political party’s watch. And then what happened? The party I had long supported returned to power and promptly cratered the very issue about which I had long placed my faith in them. This caused my mental wheels to begin churning. I realized I didn’t understand the actual political process very well at all, and yet there were political issues about which I was downright passionate.

The Perennial Election Agenda: Myth Marketing

The perennial election agenda is to sell you on a myth, a storyline that speaks to your hopes, fears, discontents, and longings about the future.  The human brain’s prototypical approach to making sense of its world is to seek – or create – patterns.  Thus we create stories, and we amplify the stories we like into myths.  We ‘explain’ the world to ourselves.

The Silent Agendas

Every election is underwritten by the silent agendas which underpin the human heart.  Though politics is often regarded as an arena for duking it out over ‘getting stuff’, even when specific social reforms are a driving impetus as implied idealistic vision gives them credence.  As a species we have long indulged in animated philosophical peregrinations about our supposed superior rationality, a discourse that has spanned disciplines from theology to economics and sometimes, it seems, everything in between.

Penis Politics

    The present political season with all its strange and outlandish theater can most aptly be labelled ‘penis politics’. The overriding and oft-expressed desire of great masses of voters to ‘stick it to the em’ about the establishment is an obviously phallic image. But the dynamic that has emerged between our two dominant political parties explicitly pits traditionally male mores against more amorphous female ones. That the two chosen candidates are also male and female is interesting but nevertheless a non sequitur.

Take me to the Promised Land

So what ‘agendas’ are driving the 2016 presidential campaign? Much has been written about the phenomenal rise – at least to the mainstream – of candidates perceived as outsiders like Trump and Sanders. But an agenda drives their success even if it is unarticulated and mostly characterized by a vague, overarching sense of disquietude.

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