Political posturing becomes tiresome
Published: Sunday, September 26th, 2004
From the beginning of the party conventions to Election Day, we are literally battered by politics -- to the point that we might begin to feel more than a little brainwashed if not totally brain dead. If our presidential elections weren’t so serious, they would be laughable because both parties are either braying or trumpeting at all times. Now and then, I try to do some serious listening in order to see if I can understand what is being said, but I tend to give up in short order because I really don’t like to hear most rules of logic violated in almost every sentence. While searching for a nugget of truth, I become confused by the speakers’ manipulating statistics, spouting glittering generalities, begging the question, and mouthing words other than their own. Just because they don’t seem to be independent thinkers does not mean that they are speaking to dependent thinkers. Talking down to us is not their wisest move, and expecting us to believe they can even begin to live up their impossible promises stretches our imaginations to the breaking point. We frown on young people when they are ill-mannered or act as if they are just entering their “terrible two’s”, but we should really frown more severely when adults display the same traits and want us to think they are well-mannered and mature. Sniping and temper tantrums don’t really give us a lot of confidence in any of the boisterous speakers and tend to make us wonder what has happened to our government. Just imagine what would happen today if President Lincoln were to write his “Gettysburg Address.” Instead of the very few, beautifully organized words, he would feel forced to write at least an hour-long speech. Scratch that! He would have someone else write that speech, and we would wonder what the subject really was. Today’s candidates seem to believe in verbosity instead of simplicity and must figure that if they use enough words, we won’t question the content because we will be too exhausted to think clearly. Just think what would happen if we could limit each candidate to a three-hundred word speech. The speech writers would go berserk, and the candidates would feel that they were being mistreated because they couldn’t harangue us with a lot of meaningless statements and promises. Having to use a very few words would certainly get rid of all the chaff and might give us a couple of grains of truth to consider in order to mark our ballots for someone instead of against someone else. Even the wearing apparel gets a case of indigestion under way. They don’t need to think that we feel they are one of us by wearing the attire of the particular group before which they are appearing. They look awkward in some of those outlandish costumes, frequently causing this woman from Ima to miss the first half of their speeches while recovering from the thoughts of their attempts to be considered as steel workers, farmers, or any group of gainfully employed people. Soon, we will be faced with what is now called the debates and will really have our imaginations working overtime. Yes, I will be one of the millions watching and even listening in order to try to hear something believable., but I’ll also be glad when all the noise is at an end, and someone might be able to go about the business of getting our country back together so we can once again work as the United states of America and do most of that work on our own soil.
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