It only encourages them?

God-Bless-AmericaNeo is not the only one among us who, contemplating the political scene, wonders whether there’s a point blogging about it. The rhetoric on all sides has become as toxic as the feelings which seem to prompt it. We seem to have forgotten that of all the things which make life worthwhile, and of all the things which add to the sum of human happiness, politics is among the least; it is meant to be a means to an end – not an end in itself. When you have professional politicians, you must expect them to disagree – to them it is their life. But there is no use our protesting ‘attack ads’ when we cheer those from ‘our side’ whilst condemning those from the ‘other side’. If you forget you are all Americans, you risk forgetting what matters most.

For a Brit, watching American political ads is an odd experience. UK law does not allow you to make stuff up for the purpose of smearing your opponents and then to broadcast it 24/7. It may be a restriction on free speech, but it is also a bulwark against cheap speech. Lest we forget, words are the coin in which politicians pay their tribute to ‘we the people’; we could do so much more by way of ensuring that those words were worth the paper they often, nowadays, were never written on in the same place. Decent people should be ashamed of politicians who need to talk about the size of their male organs in public; they should be ashamed of those who brazenly lie and call it ‘misspeaking’ – but if ‘we the people’ applaud like fans at a ball game, then the politicos will carry on doing it. They are not stupid, nor are they advised by stupid people – they do these things because the pollsters tell them it is worth spending millions of dollars lying; then we wonder why, once in office, we find we cannot trust them? We have shown we can be bought cheap, so we shall be sold cheap, too.

It has always been the case that in making a speech, politicians think that they have solved a problem when, at best, they have drawn attention to it. We have had much soaring rhetoric – and too little by way of delivery. But then we are an impatient and fickle people. Of course politicians will not admit to failure, because they know they will be attacked; so they get their retaliation in first. They over-promise because, it they don’t, the other guy will – and we’ll buy what the other guy is selling – even if it is a nine dollar bill in reality. If we act like magpies in the presence of shiny things when politicians promise them to us, they will continue to do so – and the more they do it, the more devalued the word becomes. If ‘my word is my bond’, then there are a lot of junk bonds out there peddled by junk politicians to junk voters.

Sure, we are angry. Sure, when politicians are so ready to claim they can solve all our ills, we are equally ready to blame them for their failure. We condemn the growth of a ‘victim culture’ – and play the victim ourselves. It isn’t, we say, our fault that we have politicians who devalue the currency of words and treat us like idiots – well, since ‘we the people’ are the electorate, it is hard to see who else could be to blame. These spin doctors respond to what their focus groups tell them will work; clearly no focus group says honesty will work. Yet, and I say this as a non-partisan, surely at least part of the reason that ‘the Donald’ and ‘the Bern’ have pulled in votes is that there is one authentic and honest thing in what they say – that is the authentic note of anger felt by an America which feels betrayed, which feels it is getting lost and left behind. Well, if y’all really are mad as hell and won’t take it any more – prove it – stop voting for these people, it clearly only encourages them. What would they do then? Who knows, but it might be interesting to see.

We have, said a very great President, nothing to fear but fear itself. We can all blame the other lot for the state of the nation’s politics – it sure is easier than blaming the people who vote for them. If we will not be true to our values and the things that matter, or if we don’t think that ‘we the people’ have enough in common in terms of values, then that union which was established on these shores to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, will dissolve – and it might be that we lose so much more than we can see.

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About JessicaHof
Anglican Christian, evangelist, survivor, grateful

25 Responses to It only encourages them?

  1. NEO says:

    Indeed, dearest friend. 🙂 xx As always, you speak the truth, Politics has become toxic and is literally making me ill. I note that it is keeping you from us as well, which shows your wisdom.

    And so, we’re going to change around here, no more day to day politics. We’ll discuss where we’re going, in fact, I see you have some ideas, as do I. And they will sometimes no doubt, have bearing on politics, but as a focus, I’ve had it.

    So, you and I will figure this out, with help from our friends here, and we will have a healthier, and likely a much more fun place to be, as we journey to those sunlit uplands, that Churchill spoke so movingly of, so often.

    Thank you!

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    • JessicaHof says:

      Sounds good to me, dearest friend – let’s give it a go – and see what our readers think 🙂 xx

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      • NEO says:

        I agree, it almost has to be better! And I think it likely to be much better, it was before! 🙂

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    • the unit says:

      Well good. Looking forward to what you both write about where we’re going. I’m berned out reading about where we’re being taken and how we’re being taken to get there.

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      • NEO says:

        So are we, Unit, so are we. And I, personally, would do almost anything to keep Jessica here as well. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I already have a “going to” place. It will be a commitment and personal responsibility undertaking. Well a continued one. As I’ve mentioned daughter just got her RN degree and state license. We did it through her studying and hard work and we did it without grants, gimmes, and student loans. But there are no jobs without the RNBS. So we’ll plod on..
          Will check if there is any assistance in the form of academic scholarships for proven good applicants, no you owe me stuff.

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Good plan, I think.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, scholarships are earned, like any compensation. I’m proud of you both. 🙂

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      • JessicaHof says:

        I’m going to write about John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara – and why not 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yay! My favorite guy, and my second favorite Ginger! 🙂 xx

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        • NEO says:

          And to welcome you back, a quote in the sidebar from Salisbury, but no steak, at the moment! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I could do a lot of research but think I’ll just ask. Did John Wayne ever do a western without guns? Reason I ask…some of my favorite western heroes in the forties and fifties went from blazing six guns to wearing none in later movies, one even throwing them away in the desert.
          That was a time in the fifties, rumor had it the sheriff in our town was going to collect our squirrel guns. Never happened. I’m thinking my old heroes were collaborating in a leftist message.

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Nope, not that I know of – stand to be corrected as ever!

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  2. Speaking for myself, I kind of like the American idea of Freedom of Speech, and even with the negatives! It just makes it more important for people to do their homework! The real loss in the West is moral and spiritual, and we see this especially with even so-called education and “scholars”. Btw, give me history and the historical method, but within the Judeo-Christian history and reality!

    But I too am glad to see Jessica in these parts! 🙂

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    • JessicaHof says:

      Thanks Fr Robert – aiming to stay about a bit too 🙂 xx

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      • Good darl’in! Love your pic btw! (My wife too has been a redhead for several years now)

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Glad you like it – Neo thinks I look a bit starved, so I’d best eat more 🙂 xx

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        • Maybe a bit, but I like lean myself! 😉 Btw, my wife is a natural blonde and lean too, but I do like redheads! And she says red-hair is it now for her! (But, I do also like blond’s! I better say that huh… lol)

          God Bless and take care!

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        • JessicaHof says:

          The good Lord gifted me with red hair – apparently via my German grandmother – pity I have some of the temper associated with it too 🙂

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        • Yes, the good Lord has gifted you with several gifts, and beauty (inside & out) & brains is apparent!

          Humm, “temper”, well my Irish family was proficient here also, though we did seek to temper it. And I think we had a German or two sneak into the family tree somewhere? 😉

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Thank you 🙂 I’m half Welsh and half German – not a drop of English blood!

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        • the unit says:

          Gosh, I hope y’all don’t disown me being a Cooper(Dad) and a Varnell(Mom), most immediate. My mom always told me her grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch. All her ancestral research records were soaked in Hurricane Katrina and lost. Everything all stuck together and inseparable.

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        • The Welsh are quite amazing, as their history! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_language

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  3. And btw, let me just put my two-cents in here as to Trump and the protests… But the Americans simply MUST honour their democratic process, or the American Republican Party is toast! And I am surely no Trump fan, either. (And I do remember the 1968 Chicago convention, though I was in Nam for much of that year)

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