A Bit Of Perspective


Pic of the day: Thomas Nast “The Third Term Panic” from Harpers weekly in 1874

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Romney.  Mitt Romney.  Say it.  Just say the name.  Sounds like a CEO.  Sounds like a businessman.  Like someone who wants to control a large companies finances. If you like the sound of it that’s fine by me.

Santorum.  Rick Santorum.  It doesn’t roll easily off the tongue, does it?  Sounds like a deacon at a church.  Like someone who wants to save you from yourself.  If you like the sound of it that’s fine by me, too.

Now, play the words these men have said recently back to yourselves.

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1) “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

2) President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob!  ~ Rick Santorum

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3) “He(President Obama) gave a speech the other day at his State of the Union address. He didn’t even mention the deficit or the debt, even as the world is reeling, watching what’s happening in Europe, recognizing that, unless we change course, we will face that as well and, yet, he has nothing to say about it.”

4) I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.~ Mitt Romney

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If this is how each of these gentlemen genuinely feels, that is on their heads. But a bit of perspective is called for here, in light of the above mentioned words, because frankly I don’t like the sound of them.

1) The separation of church and state is there to protect the people from one religion or another gaining some level of dominion in government, and making the lives of people who practice other religions hell on earth.  It is not to shut people out, but it is there to shelter us from the beliefs of those in power, so that those beliefs don’t become a noose around the necks of non-believers in whatever sect happens to have some level of power in the halls of government.

The concept of allowing any church to become embroiled in matters of state is antithetical to the objective of continued freedom as envisioned by our founding fathers, or indeed any American who enjoys freedom.

2)  Is it really a bad thing that our President wants us to be smarter, more discerning in our knowledge of the world? People with better educations make more money, have less of a problem finding jobs, and as a consequence lead better lives.  Rick Santorum dislikes this why, exactly?.  Because some college professors are liberals?  Professors are teachers, there to teach us things so that we can be more productive and knowledgeable citizens.

Do you dislike productivity and knowledge, Mr. Santorum?

3) The President mentioned the deficit and the debt a great many times in that speech.  It is not my fault that you didn’t pay attention Mitt.  ADD is not something I look for in Presidential candidates.  I think you might wanna pay closer attention next time the President talks.

…Unless of course you like looking like an idiot.

4) He made this statement a month or three ago, and is in fact part of a larger statement that actually, coming from him, made sense.  Now the whole “I’m not concerned about the very poor” bit sounds dumb, even if he meant it to sound differently, it means something different to those who are the very poor than what he may have meant.

The poor need more than a hand out, they need a hand up, and that may be the one thing they don’t get, and won’t get from a Republican President. Republicans talk too much of entitlement reform to be trusted to help those who really do need those entitlements  And through it all the poor stay uneducated, because they don’t have the time or resources to get better education they need to get the better jobs they need to build the better lives they want.  Thus they are left to rot in the lowest rungs of society, imprisoned their, with no chance of escape.

So if you are voting tomorrow, think on these words before you do, let them dance around your head before you vote.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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