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Why Politicians are Failing Us


Here’s what Mike Huckabee, one of the 83 people running for the Republican nomination for President, has to say about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Now, why does that statement fail us?  Because it demonstrates the rank hypocrisy of both the right and left.  Could you imagine what would happen if a Democrat had said that about a Republican.  The right wing blogosphere and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would have their panties in a bunch — well, more so than they already do.  And because it was a Republican saying it about a Democrat, the left wing will be outraged as well.  And politicians will harumph and point fingers and then they’ll just continue doing what they always do.  Showing an utter lack of respect for each other, demonstrating hypocrisy left and right, and seeking to appeal to the lowest common denominator.  And that’s why politicians are failing us.  Rather than lifting us up with the power of their ideas, they are allowing the worst fears and ideas that circulate power their statements and their campaigns.

I’m really just kind of sick of the whole thing.  On both sides.

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11 responses to “Why Politicians are Failing Us

  1. Ike Jakson July 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Kingmidget

    Your closing par describes my position in South Africa. Many of us are saying here that we should stop paying salaries to politicians and see how many we have left; we can run the country effectively without a single one. That’s our position.

    IkeJ

  2. sknicholls July 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    “I’m really just kind of sick of the whole thing.” My sentiments. I don’t really blame presidents as much as I blame congress and corporate greed. There was a time when our Democracy worked and other countries looked up to us. That time has long since passed.

    • Ike Jakson July 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      sknicholls

      I find it sad to hear you say this because I love America and we have exactly the same situation out on our shores. Greed has become the greatest destroyer and we shall all have to try and curb it or we will all be gone.

      IkeJ

      • sknicholls July 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        I’d rather be where I am than any other country in the world, but I am not as proud as I was in my twenties. Thirty more years of trying to make a living and raise a family, watching how hard they struggle, has hardened me. (And they’re not even trying to keep up with their neighbors). Knowing how corporate America works and seeing the shanty house slums between the Mansion elite neighborhoods of Miami will give one pause. Yes, they were brilliant, in many cases, and earned it…but too often the brilliance was being overlord. We have kings here. We just don’t call them kings.

      • Ike Jakson July 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

        sknicholls

        I don’t mean to take over here, please. It’s just that your descriptions of Corporate America fit Corporate South Africa like a glove. And BTW, I travelled America extensively for twenty years from 1981 to 2000 in an RV on the blue routes, so I know it quite well and how it has changed, just like here.

        IkeJ

  3. Kevin Brennan July 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I’m not sure I see the hypocrisy of the left in this statement. I mean, the left can’t control what the right says, and reacting to each and every thing they say with moral indignation is no viable strategy, so I just don’t grasp how this is supposed to be dealt with. Except with complete dismissal.

    • kingmidget July 27, 2015 at 6:54 am

      Politicians of all stripes seem to want to stay stupid things and they get outraged when the other side does it but defend themselves when they do it. So, yes, in this statement there’s nothing hypocritical coming from the left, it’s just the never-ending downward spiral of both sides — fingerpointing and name-calling and sinking to lowest common denominator. I do think the right is worse than the left, but they both do it.

      • Ike Jakson July 27, 2015 at 7:48 am

        Kingmidget

        You are so right when you say “but they both do it.” Politicians are the same all over the World.

        They are not worth getting upset about and I cannot fathom why any voter will jump in to defend any of them.

        IkeJ

  4. Trent Lewin July 27, 2015 at 12:31 am

    That is a sick, stupid comment from that guy… way to evoke fear of the highest order. What a serious wanker.

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