Democracy, About the Agenda Game, How I Got Here http://theagendagame.com/tags/democracy-about-agenda-game-how-i-got-here en I Believe in Democracy http://theagendagame.com/i-believe-democracy <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--title--blog-post.html.twig x field--node--title.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--title.html.twig * field--string.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field--node--title.html.twig' --> I Believe in Democracy <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field--node--title.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--uid--blog-post.html.twig x field--node--uid.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--uid.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/field/field--node--uid.html.twig' --> <span> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'username' --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/user/username.html.twig' --> <span lang="" about="/user/34" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mary</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/user/username.html.twig' --> </span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/field/field--node--uid.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--created--blog-post.html.twig x field--node--created.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--created.html.twig * field--created.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/field/field--node--created.html.twig' --> <span>Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:55</span> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/field/field--node--created.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'links__node' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * links--node.html.twig x links.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/navigation/links.html.twig' --> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'core/themes/stable/templates/navigation/links.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--body--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--body.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--body.html.twig * field--text-with-summary.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <p dir="ltr">I believe in democracy. I believe it is my civic duty to vote, and I have never failed to vote in any election, whether large or small, since the franchise was extended to me 46 years ago. But over the course of my voting career, I have seen my allegiance swing dramatically. I began as a classic <strong>liberal</strong>, wanting to create a more just society and seeing government as a logical tool for this purpose until bureaucracy, red tape, and waste raised my hackles. Then I took a more <strong>conservative</strong> tack, wanting everything to be a more scaled-back, manageable size, and everyone to shoulder his or her own responsibility. But I had loved ones on Social Security, and I saw first hand what a blessing to all a well-run <strong>socialist</strong> safety net can be. Living in a modern, industrialized society, I saw environmental degradation and pollution all about me, and apocalyptic fears made me an <strong>environmentalist</strong>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Still, I marveled at what that modern, industrial, capitalist society had wrought, and the scale and economics of the <strong>corporatist</strong> inspired my awe. I wanted to live in that modern world, but I nevertheless wanted that world as also my own life, to be oriented toward the good, to have <strong>moralist</strong> feet firmly planted on the ground. And, sometimes, I simply recoiled from trying to sort it all out, and I just wanted to live my own life in my own way, not bothering or being bothered by anyone, hiding away in my <strong>libertarian</strong> camouflage suit.</p> <p dir="ltr">So what’s my agenda? Pieces of all the above. But in the process of trying to find politicians who spoke for me, some salient facts jumped out at me:</p> <ol><li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">99.5% of all politics is rhetoric</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">The real agenda is seldom mentioned in the pretty speeches</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Propaganda, crises-creating situations, and emotionally baiting language are the tools of the trade</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Media and scandal grease the works</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">The ‘language’ of all agendas is money – it’s the medium of the message</p> </li> </ol><p dir="ltr">So, I wrote a game to keep this picture clear in my mind. Because the whole process sure looked like an elaborate game to me. My game taught me to look for the hidden agenda and to think about who is juicing the works and why. It made me think about how deadly getting fixated on one, narrow agenda can be.</p> <p dir="ltr">Play the game! Run with the big dogs and buy yourself a politician! Are you going to take the high road and buy only positive ads or be lured by the greater ‘kick’ of negative ones?</p> <p dir="ltr">But, in or out of the game, keep asking:</p> <p>What’s the Real Agenda? … because everyone’s got one!</p> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-blog-comments--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-blog-comments.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig x field--field-blog-comments.html.twig * field--comment.html.twig * field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field--field-blog-comments.html.twig' --> <!-- end of comments--> <div id="respond"> <h5 class="upper">Leave a comment</h5> <div class="comment-respond"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=123&amp;2=field_blog_comments&amp;3=comment" token="R1_KFGaAk4haOhZVK0K0Gh40qtrakF7iaSHujo-Og54"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field--field-blog-comments.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-blog-tags--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-blog-tags.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--field-blog-tags.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <a href="/tags/democracy-about-agenda-game-how-i-got-here" hreflang="en">Democracy, About the Agenda Game, How I Got Here</a> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-comets-blog-format--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-comets-blog-format.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--field-comets-blog-format.html.twig * field--list-string.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> Standard <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-blog-subtitle--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-blog-subtitle.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--field-blog-subtitle.html.twig * field--string.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> How I Got Here <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-default-sidebar--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-default-sidebar.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--field-default-sidebar.html.twig * field--list-string.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> No sidebar <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <!-- THEME DEBUG --> <!-- THEME HOOK: 'field' --> <!-- FILE NAME SUGGESTIONS: * field--node--field-blog-category--blog-post.html.twig * field--node--field-blog-category.html.twig * field--node--blog-post.html.twig * field--field-blog-category.html.twig * field--entity-reference.html.twig x field.html.twig --> <!-- BEGIN OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> <a href="/blog-categories/politics" hreflang="en">Politics</a> <!-- END OUTPUT from 'sites/theagendagame.com/themes/comets/templates/field.html.twig' --> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:55:31 +0000 mary 123 at http://theagendagame.com