Largely unseen, ignored, denied, there is a shadow, a ghost, lurking behind the pomp of politics and governance.

In the dark, dark days of the Bush Regime most of what I wrote, ranted and brooded about could be summed up in a few words:

“Wake up! He’s destroying America!”

I was routinely applauded and supported by liberals and progressives and attacked and dismissed by conservatives. I was alternately a voice of reason or an alarmist. I was a patriot or a traitor. I was a speaker of truth or a deluded lunatic.

In these dark, dark days of the Obama Regime most of what I write, rant and brood about can be summed up in a few words:

“Wake up! He’s destroying America!”

I am routinely applauded and supported by conservatives and attacked and dismissed by liberals and progressives. I am alternately a voice of reason or an alarmist. I am either a patriot or a traitor. I am a speaker of truth or a deluded lunatic.

It is a testament to the powers that be to reflect upon how easily and how quickly public opinion can be manipulated, and how uniformly the actions and policies of government are hidden behind a cloud of bipartisan, party line rhetoric.

Same actions and policies and sorts of legislation- embraced or rejected depending upon the out come of a corrupt political process.

And yet- these machinations are unrecognized by intelligent, truly intelligent, people from both sides of the illusory bi-partisan political apparatus. Consistently the manipulations are abundantly clear, as they apply to “the other guy.”

A recurring approach I’ve started using is to separate politics from governance.

The heart of our form of government is based on the concept that we, the people, are governed by consent. Power to rule is granted, and we are ruled by assent , not by edict. Because we have a Democratic Republic we use the vote to determine who will govern us. We choose our elected leaders and accept that they are duty bound to manifest our collective will and promote and protect our common good. We believe this to be true because it is the bedrock upon which we have laid the foundation of our collective lives.

That is politics. It is the method by which we form our government.

Governance is the end result of politics. It is the product, not the process. Governance is the sum total of the legislation, actions, policies and rules constructed by our elected representatives. These constructs are then implemented and enforced by government. The people have no vote as to legislation, actions, policies and rules.

We get to choose government, not governance. The people, by consent, create government, the government, without consent creates governance.

As a result we labor under the misconception that by choosing government we are in control of governance.

This is, for me, ridiculously easy to understand. One thing is not the other. I find, though, that intelligent people, truly intelligent people, seem to be unable to understand this point of view.

So, to get back to how I started: Politics gave us the government of the Bush regime, which in turn gave us the governance of the Bush Regime. Politics then gave us the Obama Regime, which in turn gave us the governance of the Obama Regime.

The governance of both have turned out to be essentially the same thing, while the public understanding of the politics of both would paint them as polar opposites. As both sides trade ideals and justifications for embracing or rejecting the same policies, neither side sees that their actions are the result of massive manipulation.

Governance is the ghost of our existence, rarely seen, never quite understood, but always hiding in the shadows of our manipulated perceptions.