I am about ready to stop reading the paper. Not because of all the murders, etc., but because of the inefficiencies of our leadership being portrayed in the pages of the periodicals I read. I could spend a lot of time talking about the military and the abuses of dead bodies, but I have not experienced what each soldier goes through on a daily basis in these other countries. I don’t know what I would do if I were in that situation. With death all around me would I devalue human dignity as some of our soldiers have done? Panetta is right, that is not us, but it is easy for us to stand and judge our fighting men and women even though we have not walked in their shoes. Although I feel what was done is wrong, I will not denigrate these soldiers, but will call for them to be tried by the appropriate people.
I could also spend a lot of time discussing our secret service and their proclivities for Columbian prostitutes. I am not naive enough to think that this is the first time this has happened. I do not believe that for a moment. However, the strategic question is around the safety of our President, was that compromised?
As much as I want to discuss those events I am continually pushed to our political leadership, and the many issues that I feel are detrimental to our advancement as a world leader. The Republicans are against everything, including women’s rights, and the Democrats want to spend everything in our wallets. What a mess! It is so bad that the leaders who want to make a difference recognize they can’t and leave behind these positions of service. It is a travesty.
The modern politician is not about getting things done, it is about getting elected. Ted Nugent makes some comments that could be considered inflammatory and our press spins it as terrorism. Romney does not say a word because he is more concerned about the people who follow Nugent and their voting power.
President Obama is attempting to channel FDR, at least according to Daniel Henniger. Henniger explores Obama’s reelection strategy in this morning’s WSJ by comparing campaign speeches of 1936 for FDR and April 3rd for Obama. Henniger’s spin is pretty good, but his point is very interesting. “FDR’s 1936 speech, however tough and accusatory, had Roosevelt’s natural personal buoyancy. Barack Obama has no such gift for popular uplift. Reagan and Bill Clinton had it, and it was an underestimated piece of George W. Bush’s two successful presidential runs.”
According to Henniger Obama is a grim guy who believes that the forces of evil are at work in the United States to destroy the middle class. Henniger finishes his opinion piece by saying that three of the four Republican primary candidates were as grim as Obama, while one ran with “personal optimism.” Hmm, I wonder who he meant. The fact is, Romney’s personal optimism is overshadowed by a grim political platform.
The Republicans need to get a better game. All I hear is what the Republicans are against, however, their platform has been given a particular spin by the media. Anti-women, anti-immigration, anti-middle class, etc. The Democrats are being portrayed as having a tax and spend platform. As is with most things there is truth among the lies. The question then is how do we emerge from this mess?
It is time to recognize the great opportunity that has been given to us and take responsibility for our actions. It is time to start working together for the civic good, not polarize around political ideologies. “To whom much is given much is required.”
And that is my thought for the day!