Well, the primaries have concluded and now we look forward to the general election in November. Throughout the past couple of years we have heard a couple of words thrown around from all sides of the political realm. They are "cronyism" and "rigged."
Cronyism -- Cronyism is the practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues, especially in politics and between politicians and supportive organizations. For instance, officials may appoint "cronies" to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications.
Rigged -- The word rigged, in the political sense, is used to describe situations where unfair advantages are given to one or another of competing sides, i.e. "the election was rigged." It basically describes the side of a conflict or contest that holds an unfair advantage. It may also reflect a foregone conclusion, i.e. "I don't know why we even bother to vote. This election is rigged anyway."
In fact, cronyism and rigging are not just exclusively political terms. They are evident in many aspects of life. From family relationships to business dealings, there always seems to be enough of both to go around.
So, I wonder, is this just a way of life we've all come to accept, or is it something we feel is inevitable no matter what we do or say? Maybe we've gotten so cynical that we figure it's just a way of life, especially in the political arena.
I hear people say they might even sit out the presidential election this year because it is "rigged" and there's no use in trying to change it. I imagine that if the next president of these United States has already been selected -- instead of being elected -- then the selection was made by folks much higher up than party officials on either side; by those same folks who hold the puppet strings and call the shots on everything from worldwide oil prices to the cost of a bushel of wheat and which leader will be put in place in this or that nation. But that's a whole different subject.
If, in fact, our elections are rigged and cronyism is rampant within all areas of our lives, then we have -- as some suggest -- failed to be a true republic; we're simply a shadow of what our forefathers envisioned.
That cronyism and rigging have become so widespread they touch our daily lives is even more of a problem. Sadly, we all have to deal with those things the best we know how.
So, as the campaigns heat up and we get deeper into the name calling and mud slinging, it will be interesting to see how much these terms remain a major component of the conversation.
And I, for one, can't wait. For some reason I can't help asking myself ... "Now what?"