Thursday, February 02, 2012

A Real Job

Now that I've established my new domain, "The Other 1 Percent," I've come to realize the enormity of the idea of having a "regular American" in the White House. First, I realized, most presidential candidates don't have a real job and basically have been career politicians, or schmoozers on some level for years and years, or born with a silver spoon, or all of the above. Romney is not regular America, by any stretch of the imagination, but most of the time he's pretty transparent about that fact. Even when he's trying to relate to "the people" he's obviously, oblivious to the reality of what he's attempting to address. And in that, I have to give him a bit of credit. He's an American by fact of birth, and even with all his wealth, he cannot buy the "real American experience." He and his wife do, however; look quite Presidential. It's easy to picture them standing on a White House balcony or a wedding cake. Now, on to Newt. I truly don't have anything nice to say about him, at all. I don't have any respect for him. I'll try not to say too much about the Gigrich's appearance, but suffice it to say, there's nothing Presidential or first lady about their appearance individually or as a couple. Rick Santorum had his moment, and he may rally, but I'm thinking he should simply enjoy the fact that he rose from relative obscurity to this point in the contest. As for Ron Paul, he is the exception on many levels. First, he did have a real job, he's a physician. Second, he's just too old for this task. And last but far from least, he's really supposed to be a libertarian that just can't get elected on that ticket, so he runs republican. That seems entirely to politically disingenuous to me, and politicians, as a rule seem pretty disingenuous anyway. Now on to Mr. Obama. He's of course most noted as the first black president, and even though he was born before the civil rights movement his life experience has nothing to do with growing up black in America. His ancestors were not slaves. He's as in touch with what it is to be black in America as Romney is with the middle class. I was no G W fan, but President Obama has certainly made G W seem personable and touchable, but I digress. Back to the fact that those of us with real jobs that are not in "the 1%" are really too busy earning a living, paying bills, and trying to be good neighbors, or committee members, or coaches, or scout leaders, to be able to campaign in the national spotlight, much less afford such privilege as the aristocratic 1%. I'm not at all pleased with our choices in candidates, and I'd like to see a real American lead us. As far as I'm concerned, while the "American Dream" is being discussed by politicians, if an average American cannot become president, the true meaning of the American Dream has already died. We need a president that can do more than shake hands, kiss babies, take photo ops, and beg campaign donations, and blame Congress once he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We need a leader that truly knows what it is to live and work on main street America or a leader that has actually worked the soil of rural America. For any leader to truly address the unemployment problem in this country, which is what I keep reading to be the main issue, we need a President who has had a "real job!"
One who is slack in his work Is brother to him who is a master of destruction. a Proverb of Holy Scripture
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