Repetition signals control.  The problem is, repetition is ubiquitous.  Look around you.  Where do you see objects that can be counted as more than one?  Put an “s” on its name and you have recognized a control system.  Walls, windows, doors?  They signal a control system we call a building.  We humans can’t control the weather, but we can control its impact on us by creating shelters.  

We are surrounded by systems of control that we take for granted until they stop working.  We can’t control the rotation of the earth that causes the sun to disappear below the horizon every evening, and reappear the next morning, but we do expect to replace sunlight with an electric bulb at the flip of a switch. If that automatic action fails to produce results, we stop, pay attention, and start problem-solving.  We may simply need to replace a burned-out bulb. If that doesn’t work, there could be a more serious disruption somewhere along the complicated route that leads from the bulb to the power source.  In that case, we need other humans who know how to fix whatever is wrong.  

Our need for other humans is indisputable.  Two or more humans signals repetition, and repetition signals a control system.  The more humans involved, the more numerous and complicated are the systems that we create.  Like the electric light bulb, these systems are often devised to supplement or ameliorate natural systems that have existed long before life evolved into human form.  Like the bulb, we take them for granted until they stop working.

On February 3, 2020 something stopped working during the Iowa Caucuses. Was it just a burnt out “bulb” that could be easily replaced, or was there a larger problem in the many systems of control that are involved in the way Americans choose those who represent us in government, and for that matter, the systems within the government itself?  

Next we will look at POLITICAL PARTIES in the United States of America.  If you will notice, there is an “s” on the end of the word PARTY.  REPETITION is involved. Therefore, we are alerted to the fact that political parties are part of a control system.   Who or what controls them? Who or what do they control?

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