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And if elected I promise...
J. D. Pendry
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.- George Orwell
I love elections, especially the presidential variety. Can you remember an election year having more sound bites with so little substance? I never followed politicians too closely in the past and usually selected the lesser of evils on Election Day. As I age, I've started to be more concerned about what the candidates have to offer our country or more accurately, I'm concerned about what every red-blooded American is: What in the hell is in it for me? Moreover, how will they treat the big green family with which I spent most of my life? We need to know who they are and what they know.
Both candidates served, that's commendable. One volunteered for the Army and for duty in Vietnam when the family connections could have easily got him a safe assignment to a reserve unit. The other was in the Air National Guard, but he was ready and willing if called we're told. And, just to clear it up, at least one of them inhaled. Both are from political families, both have cargo pockets full of money, both attended the best schools, both have raised tons of special interest money for their campaigns, neither knows what it's like to be one missed payday away from homeless, both promise to make life better for me. Neither has stood in the food stamp line. One insists we have the best trained, best equipped, most powerful military force in the world. The other thinks the military is hollow and headed down the road to disaster. Both have a tax cut plan. Each is trying hard to convince me that they know what I need and intend to see that I get it - I'm just afraid of where they may insert it when they give it to me. They are saying, to quote a well-known boy toy of White House interns in an emotional lower-lip biting moment, "I feel your pain."
OK candy-dates listen up (I've wanted to say that ever since I went to Drill Sergeant School). Here are some debate questions for you. Take your time. You have until November to answer.
I'll leave you with those for now, but while contemplating your answers consider the words of President Lincoln, "In politics, every man must skin his own skunk." See y'all at the polls.
© 2000 J. D. Pendry