[This is another version of the item previously posted on 12 June 2010]
I Wonder What America Might Look Like, if we elected our officials and then stood back and let them work. And then when election time came around, we listened to what they had to say for themselves, and we looked at what we could see of what they had actually done, and we voted accordingly.
Instead, We Stand Around Everywhere, constantly getting in their business, constantly speaking out our opinions as if all of our opinions (based on our limited perspectives on each issue) could possibly be as sound as the professionally informed positions of those whom we have elected precisely for this purpose.
If Every Single Moment of an Official’s Life represents a photo op and an assessment moment, is it any wonder that our politicians spend more of their time posing for the cameras, and preparing their defense statements, instead of actually doing the jobs that we have elected them to do?
No Wonder Our America and its government can get so little done. Call it the persistent moment of:
“Smile! Say, ‘Cheese!’”
How Terribly, Badly, Awfully can the Bush administration and the Obama administration and next administrations all do in tackling the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Gulf oil spew, the unemployment figures, the financial re-regulation, climate-control issues, etc.?
Compared to Our Under-informed Opinions from the sidelines, I mean.
With So Many Different Opinions of Our Own, how can we all possibly be so right, and all of our politicians be so wrong?
Maybe It’s Time We Took a Few Steps Back, sat down, shut up and watched the show. Instead of a few days of a news event before we start all the shouting, how about if we actually gave our government a chance to work?
How about Encouraging Government to provide some solutions, instead of always yelling at government for all the problems?
If I Were a Writer of Fiction, I might call this a novel concept.