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Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's Back to the Wheel with Practicing our Principles Thing

Dear America,

alrighty then, now that we've had a day to enjoy a little bi-partisan love fest -- can we all get back to business?

Oh but if only the business of the presidency was resigned to areas just for show, huh?  it's winner winner chicken dinner, for this president.

Looking back, I have to admit, HE sure does the photo-op well, doesn't he?

It's always about the backdrop -- doctors for Obamacare; businessmen... to create jobs, through the creation of a panel, to talk about how to create jobs, through the jobs council;   our brave boys and girls in the military... and sometimes, he's just brazen enough to call it what it is right up front -- see here;  but yesterday?  What was that?

The media got so much mileage off it -- reporting it as if the skies have truly fallen, the earth shock, and the elephant and donkey joined in sweet harmony, as if awe and agreement met in the middle and it was good.  It was one day, people; and what a day to wake up to...the Day After total devastation was brought to millions, upon millions, of Americans.

It's like, everybody was saying 'look, it happens!'   'wonders never cease'  'just look at how nicely they are playing together'    'aw aren't they so cute...getting along like that... and being so civil, really... acting like adults.... it almost looks like they are doing what they are being paid to do... like the big boys they are supposed to be.'

Is it that absurd -- to have two men, of two totally opposite sides, appear in public with their expected mutual respect for one another showing?    What a sad state of affairs we are in, that showing a wee bit of civility be such a rare thing, that it completely throws us for a loop when we see it.

This demonstration between Gov. Christie and President Obama doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know about these two political giants; for they are simply playing the game; and they do it well.

What should be of greater concern to everyone, is how the media responded to it in the making of piles and piles of liberal political hay.

What should be of greater concern to everyone, is how the public was so easily swayed by all of it's photo-opportunity glory.

What should be of greater concern to everyone, is NOT found in the shortsightedness of making it all about the boys playing so nicely together -- but more about what the perception of this one act of bipartisanship tells us about ourselves.

True bi-partisanship requires all of us to work together with people considered to be our polar opposites.  It's not enough to simply ask congress to work together - - to show civility - - to find a compromise - - to be respectful of each other -- in the process to save America; it's not enough.  WE MUST ALL act that way everyday, even within our own little worlds.

Perhaps the general sense that we are getting a whole lot ruder in this country has something to do with it?  See Rasmussen, here.   76% think we are less civil, and more rude -- huh, no wonder we looked so surprised to see Obama/Christie arm and arm...

Here's something else to consider:  that is if public opinion polls mean anything anymore -- 47% believe Romney is the guy to fix the gridlock in DC, just go here -- only 37% give the nod to Obama on this one.  [Which is funny, given that we have just witnessed four years of the Obama-effect in Washington -- how can he even get a rise to that number?]

Now, there is plenty of proof that what Obama wants to achieve in Washington has nothing to do with working together with the opposite side of the aisle; he has a plan, he has the use of executive order, he has control over every bureaucracy -- he doesn't need congress to implement his ideas of fundamental transformation.  And a second term will only seal the deal and make whatever is left on his bucket list as good as done.

If the president didn't need congress to cooperate the first time around -- it leaves all hope behind to see it happen in the second.

But let's bring it back to us, shall we?

What is Washington, if not a microcosm of us?

What feeds a Washington in the first place?

What provides the pool of the uncooperative, stubborn ideologue not willing to bend on behalf of the greater purpose under heaven, which quickly unravels right before our eyes, and looks a whole lot like 'not working well with others' by the first ring of the bell?

If this is Washington, then they are us.

The ruse is Washington; it is like one gigantic photo-op, you never know what is real and what's photo-shopped.  To change it -- to fix it -- we send higher principled people; we repeal and replace anything and everything that runs counter-productive to the principles and values set forth in our Declaration of Independence and put forward into action by our Constitution.

"A people who value it's privileges 
above it's principles soon loses both."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

And it's entirely why our founders set America up the way they did.  And not surprisingly, the further we get from practicing our principles, the further we falter,  individually and collectively.

Plucked from The 5000 Year Leap,  let's apply a little prophecy from John Fiske, an American historian:

"If the day should ever arrive (which God forbid!) when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by prefects sent from Washington, and when the self-government of the states shall have been so far lost as that of the departments of France, or even so closely limited as that of the counties of England -- on that day the political career of the American people will have been robbed of its most interesting and valuable features, and the usefulness of this nation will be lamentably impaired." Quote from The Critical Period of History, 1783-1789, The Historical Writings of John Fiske, vol. 12
Responsible self-government of the state and responsible self-government of the individual IS the only bi-partisanship we should ever be concerned with -- for everything else follows. 

If this notion seems foreign to you -- take a running start and read The 5000 Year Leap...   

 In my world, this should be required reading for anyone who wants to vote.

But for today, yesterday, and probably tomorrow -- the media is simply overjoyed with the president looking "more presidential" in the wake  of a horrific, hell hath no fury like Sandy, as if the end of the world was so near we could touch it...They are suddenly so impressed with a president behaving like a president;  they are just so enamored with what looks like two polar opposites coming together and totally acting like a whole.  

Hey, for kicks and giggles, why don't we see if it rolls, too.

Make it a Good Day, G

and then there is this:    Bloomberg today --  just after the storm but just before sounding like a complete idiot:   endorsing Obama.  why?  he didn't say the economy, or jobs, or bipartisan cooperation in Washington, he gives it to him for his leadership on climate change.  

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