Originally Posted by Ricky B
Politics is who should be elected (or not) and therefore who gets to decide public policy.
Yet you just inextricably linked the two. You cannot have the one without the other because the creator is necessary for the creation of the laws by which we are governed. Without the creator of the law you cannot have the law.
Law is force; and those who create the law are the force by which they are enforced. Government, of and by itself, is force.
Laws are created by several factors:
Need is the laws created to uphold order among the populace. The laws against murder, theft, etc are among these.
Desire is the law that comes to being because someone felt they were wronged and immediately cried "There oughta be a law!" Barking dogs, urinating cats, unmowed lawns, etc fall under this category.
Control is the law which is set in place for no other reason than the control of the populace. Park your unregistered car on your own property where it can be seen from the street and we will come and take it away.
Greed is the law which requires the tithing to the government for various and sundry reasons. Red light cameras are a good example. They are placed for revenue enhancement and not for safety as they are touted.
Emotion covers most laws in place and which the words "Its for the children" or some other such pap is fed to the populace. The CA assault weapon law was set in place in the emotional aftermath of a certain Mr. Purdy. Emotion will rule the day; and the rest of us will rue the day. Port Moresby and Dunblane are foreign examples.
In every case, the populace sits and waits and in today's world the attitude is "What can I do? They are going to do as they please anyway regardless of my opinion to the contrary."
Raising the clarion call after the laws are enacted is just begging for cliches like horses and barn doors, etc.