Friday, October 17, 2008

Yesterday's Yammering 10/17/08

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed,
the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.

Yeats
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Someone once said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest. We in the US have a flawed system to be sure. But what is wrong with this presidential campaign? I don't remember a campaign in which I've heard so much reactionary nonsense. We should be electing a human being, not a machine. If you ask a candidate what he want's, the answer is he wants to be president. That's not good enough for me. I want to know why.

I'm tired of hearing where he was born, where he grew up, where he's been, who he's known, what he's done, how he voted in favor of this bill and how he voted against another. All of that stuff is playing in shadows and looking into the mud puddles of history. People change, minds change and they have a divine right to do so.

I want to know the man. I want to know what his vision is. I want to know what drives him, what enables him to get up in the morning and get going even though he knows he's going to face acrimonious criticism, verbal abuse, the media poking into every muscle of his private life and vigorous and often unethical opposition.

I want to know what he thinks his personal destiny is. I want to know what he wants for himself, his family, his country and the world and why he thinks being president is going to help him achieve those goals.

I wait and wish for the light to shine on some beautiful and clearly articulated ideals that are purer than democracy, bigger than government and better than this ugly and uncomfortable fight for the job. It is folly to vote for one man merely because you are afraid of what may happen if the other one is elected., and yet that is what we have come to: the exercise of fear.


I want the presidency of my country to be legitimized and made respectable once again. Is it impossible to witness such things as grace, heroism, statesmanship and benevolent energy in our government. They have been lacking for a long, long time.

DB - Vagabond Journeys

6 comments:

Beth said...

I learned what I needed to know when I read a couple of books by that guy with the funny name. That guy seems to want for every citizen what he has been able to achieve in his life so far: a better life for him and for his family.

Beth

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

DB, do not dispair. If you look into the details, and look at their behaviors, you will be able to make a good decision.

a corgi said...

do what I did this morning DB; since I believe in God, and the God I believe in looks at the heart rather than the outward appearance, I asked the Lord to show us the heart of the two candidates

betty

Big Mark 243 said...

Funny, but I guess it is me. I don't think that we have had two better canidates to vote for in my adult lifetime, not since Ford v. Carter.

The odds and ends, to me matter alot, and to think that you can vote for someone that you can't identify with or hope that you can expect certain things of, depend on all the things you are tired off. Past is prolouge in many, many ways.

Like you, I would like for the president to be smart as a whip, savvy with his policy and able to guide the country. And all of these things contribute to a person being that man.

Joyce said...

I pray for the best man to lead our country and sob for the future of this country and this world. Not for me, for my children and grandchildren.
Joyce

fisherkristina said...

Excellent entry, my friend. As always. I am still here in Hershey, waiting for John to get better. He just took tests today. He has an appointment at the cancer clinic at hershey medical center (hershey hospital) on monday. Hopefully we will hear that he will get to come home then. Then we will snag a bus, probably Tuesday morning. Hope to be blogging more soon. :)