Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Watching the hearings on the current package of scandals made me realize a couple of things.  One, going into politics is definitely dangerous for your health.  And two, I now know we don't get the best and the brightest going into public service. The best and the brightest have some degree of knowledge and an ability  to recall.

One doesn't have to be in politics very long before the mind begins to go.  This is not a partisan affliction.  It happens to everyone.  It  appears to be partisan only because one side is grilling the other at any particular time.

Everyone from department heads to the most lowly of clerks is subject to infection.  Look how many claimed they couldn't remember any detail of anything they were asked, or claimed to flat out not know.

"Chuck, did we send drones to Yemen yesterday" "Gee, I don't remember." "John?" "I don't know. " "Joe?"  "Maybe we did.  I  read something about it in the paper." "Me too.  That's why I asked."

Wow.  Doesn't it make you comfortable that these mental giants are running the country?  No wonder Nancy Pelosi said we'd have to pass Obamacare to know what was in it.  No one could remember!  If they'd forget they passed it we'd all be a lot better off.

Today the administrations surrogates were out in force saying all this scandal stuff is much ado about nothing.  I'd think they'd try a different strategy to pull the wool over our eyes since it was only the end of last week they were telling us they either didn't know or couldn't remember anything!

It's really rather sad.  All these once great minds collectively destroyed by politics.  Or does it just seem that way because once you lie it's more difficult to remember what you said and when you said it. It seems to me this would all go away if they'd just answer the questions put to them truthfully.

Our political mind set has changed though.  So much energy and effort is put forth by both sides to destroy the other, it's hard to keep track.  Plus, it's exhausting.  I only wish it really was forgettable.

One thing that puzzles me though is why Obama's approval ratings remain about the same.  Can you tell me why or have you forgotten? I just don't know.


Margie's Musings said...

It's because he does the best he can with all the flak he gets from us Republicans. Most Americans know that. It's an uphill battle for him and primarily it's because of his race.

However we did the same thing to Clinton and he really did something wrong....even through it should have been between him and Hillary and not the business of the entire country.

Most of us know the flak concerning Hillary is because we are so afraid she might run for president in 2016. We know we have no one who could defeat her.

We really need to clean house and start anew with some people who are not in the pocket of lobbyists.

Mari Meehan said...

Just to clarify my post, Margie, I wasn't singling out the President, I was commenting on all politicians. By the way, I don't buy into the race aspect. Try incompetence. He was inexperienced going in and has had no interest in governing. Any uphill battle has been of his own making - not his race.

Margie's Musings said...

I personally don't believe that. He has found it impossible to work with this Congress. They did at least work with Clinton.

They are determined to boondoggle this president. We'll just have to agree to disagree, Mari.

History will tell.