People are suckers for the supernatural. And they are suckers for being led. Long ago, kings who ruled according to might makes right, found that some bit of partnering with priests and witch doctors served them well.
Priests found that the more frightened and poor the people, the more power they would wield. In modern America people have begun to substitute various causes for religion, but the requirement of faith is still there. And the leaders of such movements, some based solely on race or other irrelevant factor, are very much in partnership with the lords of the land. They deliver unto them the votes of the unwashed.
In the mean time the less scrupulous among the corporate world also deliver the vote, and receive much in return. It can be nearly impossible to function if a company of size neither seeks nor gives favor in that arena. Atheists of sorts. And they are likely to perish or be smote.
It is so sad to see people fall for this over and over again. If normal basic laws were enforced, and government did not partner with business, gay alliances, racial groups, or foreign interests, much of what is called corporate greed and corruption would not be possible, or else the true source of the evil would be clearly seen as those who rule rather than serve.
It is natural. Many among us feel that they are the chosen ones who need to lead the poor idiots who can't think for themselves. They believe that includes just about all of us. Maybe they are right. Then again maybe they are a bunch of self important, obnoxious T word-s.
There you go. I am PC as can be so you have to know what is the T word. Hint--four letters, ends in T, has one vowel which is not I.
Anyway, by having a devil to point at they manage to keep the heat off themselves while sapping the life and humanity and money out of the population more and more every day.
You may think the religion thing has been put to rest, but you're being fed far taller tales by the president and all the others in love with governing. In love with power. Ye of little faith no doubt felt a bit of skepticism when they started in with the QE business. After QE 2 or so, one may lose faith.
If they say a law, tax or money printing will make it all better, then they must be right. No way would they use tax money to do things which enrich or empower their cronies and/or themselves to the long term detriment of the society and country. Oh hell no.
Really, priests and politicians are both loathe to objectively prove their worth or why they should be paid, yet they both do well. Both groups present arguments which take a bit of faith to swallow. Overall, holy men in this age are more worth their wage. Not saying much considering jihad and such.
There's an alter boy quality to the smug self-satisfied aspect of the self righteousness that over-regulators and regulator wannabes exude. They really think they are smarter, therefore it is their duty to make decisions for the rest of us. For our own good. Those people feel so good in their superiority.
I feel more angry in mine. And that's the difference.
Don't want to be told what to do. Don't want to tell anyone what to do. Don't have to prove to you that I'm smarter. And I'm not here to fight for your whatever. Not going to feel your pain. Don't care.
Even smart people who see themselves as destined to be part of the decision making club sucker for the zeal, often professing fealty to The Cause. No definition of it just The Cause. Like in China or Cuba. Really, it is all about the Revolution in Cuba, but what revolution? Against Castro?
The Castros preach allegiance to The Revolution, which I think ended Jan. 1, 1959. It is a religious thing. Just another word for God. Fidel is the pope, or maybe now he shares that title with Raul. Che was a saint or prophet in that faith. Same witch doctor psychology. Possibly a human need seeded deep in our DNA.
Those other ones feel your pain only if you admit that they are God. It works. They'll find ways to reward the believers while punishing the infidels. Sometimes that approach will yield you over ninety percent of an ethnic group's votes. And like many in Islamic countries, they'll just about kill you if you bring up any facts or logical points counter to their faith.
I gotta get a life