Tuesday, August 18, 2015


If I found myself in the need of serious surgery, I would choose a professional. Knowing, the outcome of the surgery would affect me the rest of my life, in fact, the outcome might determine if I lived or died, I would be very careful in making my selection. Of course, I spend a great deal of time trying to find the best surgeon I could find, a steady, experienced hand, and a true professional. We are in the process of looking at presidential candidates. The stated theme of the search seems to be to find the person with the least amount of government experience. When we examine whom it is that is promoting this idea, we find it is the campaign organizations of the professional candidates. The experienced professional campaigners know the people do not want to vote for Washington insiders. Further, the driving force is money aimed at making the government look incompetent, ineffective, misguided, etc. The person with the most money to spend on the myriad news outlets convincing people their candidate is not a professional politician. The result is that the most incompetent person to vote for; the person you select to do your surgery, is the worst surgeon you can find. Only in politics does this seem to make sense to people. In conclusion, we are condemning professional politicians with a documentable record of success or failures in favor of not only an amateur but also one who hates government. This phenomenon of hating professional politicians is not new. Not only has this line of thinking been with us at least for as along as I can remember. Everyone seems to know this yet does nothing about it. In the end, a majority vote for an experienced politician because they are the ones who know how to get the votes. Therefore, I am embarrassed to write this as if it is a new revelation. It is trite. What is not trite is that this approach to the selection of officials tends to slant selection of elected officials toward those who want to diminish the power of government but also to those who want individual power for themselves. This anomalous combination of beliefs in individual legislators is now commonplace among elected official in our government. The more we think about it, the more sense it makes in the end. Our founding fathers built democracy on what they perceived as individual greed. In the Federalist Paper, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay personified this under the guise of individual states and not individual people. Each region, each state, each district, each city, each profession, and each wants to get the most they can out of the whole. A professional politician is diametrically opposite; he or she wants to get the most out of the system to benefit all of the people, which is not what the individual wants. Strangely, I can equate this to Republican and Democratic political orientations. I, as a bleeding heart liberal want the best for the people; on the other hand, conservatives want the best for the individual. Altruistic Democrats want good government while greedy Republicans want no government. URL: firetreepub.blogspot.com Comments Invited and not moderated

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