‘Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct’
Thomas Jefferson – regarding politicians.
The politicians are at it again, although they never really stop, do they? It’s stumping time in the USA and this time they are rising to new lows. And I mean ALL of them too, the ins and the outs. You can expect to weather a storm of politico troopers on TV and radio and newspapers this election. The out-front topic that beats all of the others this election cycle is JOBS. You see, jobs are tight, and for them it’s a matter of keeping their jobs, or getting the other guy’s job, or getting their old job back – in no way shape or form are any of their platforms based on OUR jobs! Funny how NONE of them are ever seen working at real-life jobs. Like the dad on Leave It to Beaver, they leave home in the morning, and come home at night, but no one knows where they’ve been all day – especially the outs. Actually that makes them more akin to mosquitoes (and by the way – where do all the mosquitoes go during the daytime?). They all talk about jobs, the general public’s job, but they never directly mention their own job. It strikes me as just a little bit unusual that the entire class of politicos, who spend 100% of every day talking about themselves, feel the need to dance ever so delicately around the subject of their employment status. So every time you hear one of them talking you should get out your ‘Politician-to-English’ dictionary and you’ll find that it translates every phrase into – “hey, I need this job because I’m not qualified to do anything else” followed by a lengthy stream of blah blah blahs (which is every other translation in that dictionary). That’s it, plain and simple. No matter what sounds their lips are making they’re really pleading for a job, and not actually trying to help you get a job. And that’s exactly why we’ll see way too much of them this time – jobs are tougher to get this year.
‘He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.’
Abraham Lincoln – regarding a politician.
So back to my original point – how did they rise to new lows? Each election cycle they all seem argue over one major topic. Some years it is foreign affairs, some years it is education, and this year – wait for it – they are all talking about – you guessed it the “Economy” (remember that means THEIR jobs). Now someone on one side made up a slogan for their team of “no more taxes” which, when translated = “ I need the job”. And the other side quickly counter attacked with the retort “ the wealthy should pay their fair share” translated = “I need the job” (if you’ve been looking these up in your P-to-E dictionary, then you’re starting to get the hang of it.
Sounds like the basis of a healthy debate, right? Wrong. Here’s the downside for us. By deciding to use this topic for their job-hunting purposes, the one side has alienated all of the people that don’t pay taxes. The other side has alienated all the people that feel that they already pay for everything. They’ve created a nice little case of class-warfare, and that is very dangerous for all of us. Unfortunately most of the general public gets worked up into a lather listening to all of this. We forget that they are just using us to get their jobs. And the news media won’t remind us of that either, because their jobs also depend on the opposing sides doing battle. The citizens lose the class-warfare battle every time, no matter which side they’re on. Check it out in the history books. French Revolution, Russian Revolution, etc. etc.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear just one Politico stand up proud, throw away his Politico-to-English dictionary, and tell us “ Hey guys I really need the job – and by the way” (in English now) – “I think that the country would be better off if we could get some new ideas that will make our economy grow FOR EVERYONE.” And then follow that up with “I’m not 100% sure how we’re gonna do it, but I’m going to spend my days finding some smart people that have some new ideas”. Straight English – no translation- honest about his or her abilities. Refreshing – yes. Possible – no way. Until we the people realize how the politicos conduct their job searches. Instead of ballots why don’t we just give them all applications to fill out?