The Demise of the Two Party System
While in high school I didn’t do too well with girls as was insecure in this area. Le Roy, who wasn’t especially handsome, had the girls falling all over him, so I asked him, “What’s your secret in attracting girls?”answered in one sentence, “I sweet talks them.”
Le Roy’s secret came in handy for me 63 years ago when I was smitten with a lovely farmer’s daughter and sweet talked her into marrying me and have been sweet talking her ever since.
Sweet talk works well in these instances, but doesn’t always work that well dealing with politicians and the economy. Since Obama’s election the two party system has finally reached the potential of destroying any semblance left of a fair democracy. Similar to colonial days the government again lies in the hands of a small percentage of the population. We had a short respite of equality, but has been slowly usurped by the ruling class.
Observing the Federal and State politicians govern I don’t know whether to laugh or weep. The two battling parties bring to mind the 1878-1891 legendary feud between the Hatfield-Mc Coy families. No Winners.
President Obama not only inherited an unsolvable economic mess, fostered by an inadequate congress, but two unwinnable wars. He mistakenly had the allusion that using Le Roy’s philosophy of sweet talk he could create a joint effort to benefit the country. I hope he has learned he was whistling in the dark.
While he still had the power received from his election he should have used his gifted oratory skills and engaged the hostile forces working for his failure. An administrator must realize he only have a short window of time to make changes. Compromise and gentleness are to be used after sweet talking the public. Fear is a two way street and antagonistic opponents must be disquieted before they become too arrogant.
He now has another chance of exposing those with all the answers by allowing them to put their money where their mouths are. Mark Twain said that “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn in any other way.” The public doesn’t usually react much unless it affects them personally. Allow the patriots with tea bags dangling from their hats hold the cat by the tail by publishing their cuts in taxes and programs in detail so those affected by the cuts and tax cuts have a learning experience. They may be right, but it better not affect my taxes or programs. We must learn to live with the natural consequences of our actions.
I covered this subject in my blog “Give a Man Enough Rope and He Will Hang Himself,” but have a feeling the President doesn’t read my Blog, so am trying again. I am aware the President intellect and education is exceedingly superior to mine, but I have children older than him and learned more practical things about life by talking to older people. I’m presently at a standstill as there aren’t many people older than me to talk to.