It’s alarming to me how many people clap like seals for all the “firsts” happening in the political realm. The first female Vice President. The first openly gay Transportation Secretary … and so on.
Our culture has become so obsessed with celebrity and its own self-satisfying ‘virtue signaling’ that we’re in BIG trouble.
Americans (in their naive arrogance) have come to vote and behave according to their own ‘tastes’ and sadly, our general population doesn’t even have a clue what “good” leadership looks like. Heck, many don’t even know how our Constitutional Republic is supposed to work.
Those people are far more dangerous to our country than the CCP.
The uninformed and/or the ‘superficial’ voter reminds me of people who like to play football pools but know nothing about the game. They choose teams because of the color of their uniforms or their mascots. Once in a while, they actually win the pool but that’s a rare occurrence. The people running the pool love those people because they add to the ‘pot’ and in throwing their money away ignorantly advantage those who are determined to increase their own odds of a bigger win.
We all know that ‘merit’ carries far less weight these days than superficial “feel good” attributes. Anybody who still remains ‘giddy’ over the first female Vice President is a fool. Sorry, foolish people are called “fools”.
Now that the primaries for President are on the horizon, I hear a lot of chatter. Many political junkies are wondering which candidate will say the ‘right’ words or have the best trending intersectionality.
Running the country is NOT a game people. Take my word for it, the World is far less impressed with us than we are with ourselves these days. (Wake up!) It’s not senior year and we’re not about to be watching candidates who are vying to be prom king and queen. Each candidate needs sober consideration.
As a final thought, I want to ask would the gender, race, sexuality or the charisma of your heart transplant surgeon carry as much consideration as the surgeon’s skill set and record? Would those former superficial things even matter?
I dearly hope our country is worth the same pragmatic merit-based consideration in voting from each citizen as he/she would use for themselves.
Meanwhile, I’ll never understand why something as important as our political leadership became a game.
Wordle # 585- The Sunday Whirl- Lesson on Personal Safety
boat* preserve* speak* resist* oil* fire* drive* fly* shoot* matter* close* right*
Nope! We weren’t going on a boat again. The kids got seasick the last time and learned nothing more than how to vomit over the railing without falling in.
We hadn’t saved enough money to fly anywhere so trapsing the Nature’s Wonders Club of 8-year-olds through our own local natural wonders seemed the best decision. One of the parents offered to drive us to the base of the trail leading to our famous woodland peak which was the tallest in our state.
I would carry a concealed handgun which I’d thoroughly oiled and loaded in private. It was likely I wouldn’t need to shoot it but having it was the wisest thing to do. Some of the parents may have objected but speaking to them about the value of guns in the wild was out of the question. Naive and ignorant of many topics concerning Nature and pro-active safety, discussing my decision would have complicated the matter and brought political resistance into play. Bears and ‘bad guys’ aren’t usually political, but they are, on occasion, more dangerous than those who are.
Now we are at a crime scene! Lights, rescue crews, and State Police surround my huddled, yet safe, group of 6. Professionals worked to preserve the drug evidence and are done with the questioning. We’d had a great time telling ghost stories and roasting marshmallows by the overnight fire, but on our way back in the morning, two men surprised us on the trail. They were most certainly drug smugglers who didn’t want any witnesses. My handgun saved us from certain death by wounding one and detaining the other. The kids had gotten more than a Nature training but a real-life lesson about not allowing strangers to get too close and that carrying a gun can be the right choice. Not one parent has complained about me carrying a gun since.
The GOOD Funnies
Okay…I’m a bit embarrassed today. I posted a comment, made by my husband, as my Facebook status. I had overlooked a sexual innuendo though. Yes, I can be quite naive. I think my profession as a day care provider for children is partly to blame. My mind rarely entertains what many people call “dirty” thoughts.
My husband loves to make me laugh with his clever ability to play with words. This was my status:
During last weekend’s football playoffs, an ad from Subway announced that they were the official sandwich of the NFL. With out a pause, Ed turned to me and asked, “Now who in the world would want an athlete’s foot long?”
Well now, what I had found funny was the idea of a sub flavored by the athlete’s foot fungus. I think my husband was intending the same meaning but will be questioning his intent when he comes home.
By now, unless you are more naive than I, you can imagine the received meaning of my status by a few Facebook friends. Yikes!
Since drawing more attention to my mistake is not my goal, I’m letting the matter go. This all has been a great lesson and has inspired the subject of this post.
Humor takes many forms and I am not above a chuckle at an “adult” joke, on occasion. But for me, there is nothing that compares with a “good”, “clean” funny.
I’ve attached a clip from a Canadian TV program that exemplifies my case. I hope you enjoy it and if there is any sexual meaning in it, please keep me happily uninformed! Being naive makes me happy. 🙂