Wall of Suppression: How a Politician Builds a Constituency

    Act I: The Innocent Quest

You have fallen on hard times and are forced to seek help. But, when a politician claims to want to help you – you need to be careful and deduce whether that help will actually solve your problem, prolong it, or progressively worsen it.

If a politician was actually helping you solve your problem you would be able to thank them, be on your way, and not have to return each month for more help.

When you need help paying a bill they do not hand you a solution and set you out on a path toward opportunity by which you are then able to resolve this problem.

Instead they hand you a check and tell you “don’t worry about your problem, just return next month and we’ll give you another”.

In reality, however, your problem is no more solved than the drunk that tries drinking his problems away. He feels good for the moment, but when he sobers the problem is still there and, more often than not, it has increased in size.

Well it works the same way with those checks; whereby each drink makes the drunk feel better, each check makes the recipient feel better. However, neither fix lasts.

    Act II: Building the Wall

Now let’s look at each of these checks as being equivalent to a brick. And you cashing that check is the equivalent of a brick layer laying another brick in a wall. With each check you cash your wall becomes higher.

Unlike the brick layer, who is building a wall of a new home, you are building a wall of suppression. This suppression is more of an unconscious voluntary suppression as opposed to one forced upon you by another. However, it certainly is welcomed and abetted by the politician providing this so called “help.”

It begins modest enough; those checks really seem to have solved the problem. But with each check cashed the wall of suppression is growing higher.

As the wall gets higher it becomes more difficult to see over it, then it becomes harder to hear beyond it. Once your vision and hearing are lost you can no longer keep track of what is happening on the other side.

What do you do now?

    Act III: The Wall Completed

You now turn to that same politician to keep you informed as to what is happening on the outside of the wall. You have become the politicians dream constituent. They are now your source for income inside the wall and for information outside of the wall.

If you should ask the pol. “how did this wall get here” they will reply that neither you nor they are to blame; “it is somebody else’s fault.” If you ask them how you get out or how you can knock it down, they will tell you “there is nothing you can do, just stay there; we’ll take care of it.”

Why would politicians do this? It is their survival tool; their means for staying employed.

How does your problem keep them employed?

They do not want to solve your problem, they want to prolong it. Prolong it, and feed it. It is feeding your dependency on them that keeps them busy, not ridding you of your problem. The never ending cycle which keeps you dependent on them is the cycle that gives them a reason to exist, a reason for their job to exist.

Tom Maerling

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