Who Are We Electing?

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
by Mickey Featherstone on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:38pm

     When we are growing up, one thing that we are taught is not to judge based on the superfiscial. Words like: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, “Never judge a man’s actions until you know his motives”, “Beauty is only skin-deep” & “The truth will set you free”, come to mind. If we look hard, we can recognize the fact that this lesson is only applied to certain parts of out life. Like most lessons in life, it is a timeless lesson in discernment & judgement. All too easily, we ignore how it is & is not applied to our daily decision-making process. We just need to be reminded, because we are a busy society… focused on work, family, politics, science, religion, play & education… quite often ignoring basic lessons & repeating the same mistakes.

 

In these modern times, this lesson is easy to ignore… considering the barage of media, sales & advertising we absorb on a daily basis. It’s easy to overlook the underlying quality of cars, houses, clothing, gyms, restaurants, pets, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, vacations, etc. Obviously, there are some basic underlying human-chemistry elements that influence our choices, in these arenas. This doesn’t change the fact that, with high regularity, we choose the larger, flashier, or more physically attractive people or posessions. Only our inability to obtain these items or relationships (money, status, attractiveness), keeps us from them.

 

Situations and decisions that are made, disregarding the surface, are usually harder to find. However, people generally don’t choose a teacher for their kids, based on looks. Quite often, they are chosen on resume and reputation. A pastor, preacher, priest or rabbi is another example. I’m sure that this is a bit more split, but more likely to be a choice regarding the message or ability to convey that message in a way that we can understand.

 

Anyone that has purchased a flashy car and had to repair it, can tell you about reliability issues or the cost of those reairs and upkeep. In sports there are countless examples about an athlete that looked like ‘a pro’, but didn’t pan out. Those of you that follow football, might remember a Quaterback named Rob Johnson. He was great in college and ‘looked’ like a can’t miss pro. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills from Jacksonville… never fulfilling any promise. He did look lika pro, had a great throwing motion and initially acted the part. Meanwhile, everyone knows the name of Tom Brady. He’s won three Super Bowls and is considered one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time. Brady barely played in college and was almost not drafted. He didn’t look like a pro Quarterback.

 

Now I ask you: who are we electing? Is it the candidate that looks ‘Presidential’? Is it the one that speaks like a President? Or will we choose a man of and for the people? Will it be the one that upholds the Constitution (a document that upholds our freedom)? Our the one that shows a history of violating it? The reality is that recent Presidents are often given the ‘Presidential looks test’… often failing the ‘Constitutionality test’.

 

That’s why I am supporting Ron Paul (in case you haven’t read anything I’ve written). I’ve heard the arguments against him. They usually start with: “I like him, but… “. “He’s not electable”, “right message, but the wrong messenger”, ” he doesn’t look like a President” or “he says some wacky things”. I believe we have gone so far from life, liberty & the pursuit of HAPPINESS; we don’t even remember what it was. We’ve lost the ability to listen to common sense, life lessons and recognize when someone’s eloquently lying to us. We need to pay attention to these people, answering basic questions… do they actually answer the question? Do they always change their mind or give the answer that is most popular today? If we can really pay attention to the information inside the book, instead of the cover; we might find that the ‘goofy old guy’ is really more like Captain America, on the inside.

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