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Vision is more than just seeing…

May 6th, 2007 | by Matthew OKeefe |

Politics is not what it should be anymore. We no longer elect the mind of a President and instead we elect a politically correct image of a President as the media sells it. Watching any main stream media news broadcast you will see the perfect image candidates from both parties that sell air time on the networks and it works. It works for them. If the checks clear then it is simply a business decision from a main stream media perspective. Does it or should it work for America?

Would America elect the homeliest son of a bitch you ever saw in your life today? Tall beyond personal belief and skinny as the day is long and according to historians suffered severe depression? Would we elect him based on his wife not being the perfect example of who might be our First Lady or remotely attempting to be a politician’s wife? No, we wouldn’t and the world we all know would be worse off for it. Thank God President Lincoln didn’t have CNN or Fox or CBS or NBC or ABC to answer to in his day. His message to the people would have been lost during the election on issues of Anorexia. Would America have existed today as we know it without President Abraham Lincoln? Would you vote for him today?

Would America elect a man stricken with Polio that could not walk in today’s media driven election process. Turn the tables around and your nation is in the crapper and five out of ten people you know do not have a job. Our economy is in the crapper and this guy has a plan to get us out of it and he knows how to get it done. Toss in your nation and the world at war and ask yourself if you would trust him to lead your nation in that kind of crisis? Would the wheel chair splashed on every television screen in America make you not vote for him? Would America have survived without the political vision for Franklin D. Roosevelt? Would you vote for his mind or his media image of him today?

I can go through this scenario and cover many President’s with great vision and some could argue that history does not fit today and I would have to say that you are wrong. People that are leaders come from all walks of life in America and that is the beauty of our political system. Our political system is being turned into a side show at a carnival and it does not matter what ideas you have to propose more than it does if your check will clear over at the main stream media.

If this is the vision of the American political system then you can start deciding your votes by picking up the grocery store tabloids as to what politician is wearing the right clothes over what politician offers the best theory for America’s future. My friend is loosing his sight but not his vision and these are words to think about from the GTL and Michael Linn Jones…

Having spent some days not without ONE image of any politician has helped my appetite.

Yet is also brings to my mind the fact that while the eyes let us see, they do not help us think. It is almost a cliché to say that we all take our sight for granted. Maybe true and I hope it’s true for everyone. We all should stop now and then and count our blessings, and despite any travail, at least cling to humor. It is not only the spice of life, but its greatest redeeming factor at time.

And humor is in sore need in times like these. I don’t need to watch a TV to hear the parade of promises and bromides by people who KNOW they will have the reins of government to do those things they see fit as best for….their country? Their agenda?

I’ll go with the latter. I believe we live in precarious times; great challenges await us, or our children. Never more than now do I understand “the vision thing” as mentioned in the Bush 41 years. We need more than money. We need a balance, between the enforced security of the nanny state and the chaos of unfettered economic greed. I disagree with Barack Obama; hope is not audacious, but rather a key ingredient of a healthy republic. Its opposite is cynicism, and we have had more than a full dose of that.

In my mind’s eye I see a land of munchkins claiming the height of a Lincoln or a Jefferson. Too many of these “leaders” show less acuity of vision than I do right now. If you have the gift of sight, then for goodness sake use some focus. - Gun Toting Liberal

My personal thanks to my friend Michael Linn Jones over at the Gun Toting Liberal for inspiring this thought process and commentary.

Be well soon my friend.

Papamoka

AKA: Matthew O’Keefe

Cross posted at Papamoka

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  1. 3 Responses to “Vision is more than just seeing…”

  2. By Liberal Jarhead on May 7, 2007 | Reply

    Amen. It would be hard to even talk a Lincoln or an FDR into signing on to be the kind of combination beauty pageant contestant and special-interest prostitute it takes to get elected today.

    The electorate and the political machinery screen out anyone with the moral courage to take principled but unpopular stands, the initiative to try enough to make some inevitable mistakes, or the independence to refuse to sell his or her future political favors, then we wonder why we get gutless, passive, corrupt officeholders (can’t call them leaders.)

  3. By tammara on May 7, 2007 | Reply

    imagine what jeffereson would have to say about these pansy asses.

  4. By BYSHOP on May 7, 2007 | Reply

    It’s cause the idiots are taking over…

    It’s not the right time to be sober
    Now the idiots have taken over
    Spreading like a social cancer
    Is there an answer?

    Mensa Membership exceeding
    Tell me why and how are all these stupid people breeding
    Watson, it’s really elementry
    The industrial revolution has flipped a bitch on evolution
    The benevolent and wise are being thwarted, ostracized
    What a bummer
    The world keeps getting dumber
    Insensitivity is standard, and faith is being fancied over reason

    Darwin’s rolling over in his coffin
    The fittest are surviving much less often
    Now everything seems to be reversing
    and it’s worsening
    Someone flopped a steamer in the gene pool
    Now angry mob mentality is no longer the exception
    It’s the rule
    and I’m starting to feel a lot like Charlton Heston
    Stranded on a primate planet
    Apes and orangutans that ran it to the ground
    Were generals and the armies that obeyed them
    Followers following fables
    Philosiphies that enable them to rule without regard

    There’s no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated
    Political scientists get the same one vote as some Arkansas inbred
    Majority rule don’t work in mental institutions
    Somtimes the smallest softest voice carries the grand biggest solutions

    So what are we left with?
    A nation of God fearing pregnant nationlists
    Who feel it’s their duty to populate the homeland
    Pass on traditions, how to get ahead religions
    and prosperity via simpleton culture

    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    The idiots are taking over
    (They’re takin’ over!)

    NOFX- The war on errorism.

    It’s a telling thing when the lead singer of a punk band has a better grip on reality than that of the gaurdian of our Constitutionally Limited Democratic Republic.

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