It Is ME

Look Away from Them

By:  It Is ME  •  excellent  •  last year  •  9 comments

Look Away from Them
We elect scoundrels and fools — who but a scoundrel or fool could want the wretched office? — and then we wring our hands at the spectacle of it all.

Like a pesky neighbor forever borrowing our tools, the American presidency won’t stop demanding our attention. We can’t ignore it — someone please count the number of times the words “Donald Trump” have appeared in the New York Times since 2015 — but neither can we quite bring ourselves to take it seriously.
That Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke might conceivably be a candidate for the position tells one everything one needs to know about its place in the public consciousness.
Indeed, a closer look at the roster of potential Democratic standard-bearers brings one face to face with the absurdity of our political moment. For every Joe Biden on the list, there is at least one candidate in the mold of South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose presumptive entry into the race is so obviously a bid to increase his future MSNBC appearance rate that “Star in Pete Buttigieg Tonight” might as well be listed among his website’s policy goals. If he had a website that mentioned policy goals.
Presumably, some human being not named Tulsi Gabbard believes that Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) is just what this country needs. Does anyone think that a plurality of Democratic primary voters will come to the same conclusion, or that the majority of Americans will ever know her name? From the safe vantage of 2019, I’m happy to admit that there was something to be celebrated in the idea that Hillary Clinton was the Most Qualified Presidential Candidate Ever, even if she wasn’t. Whether Gabbard could successfully book her own flight from Honolulu to the Capital is, given the state of our leadership class, an open question.
Have I mentioned that Julian Castro, John Delaney, and Richard Ojeda somehow continue to exist?

What if the answer — difficult though it may be — is to ignore the whole silly lot of them and go about the dynamic and laudable business of building our families and communities, one dogged day’s work at a time? There are, of course, sundry residents of this land (federal workers come to mind) for whom the identity of the chief executive is a matter of some urgency. But for the great majority of Americans going about their daily tasks — doing their best to make a living and a life — my old professor’s question remains remarkably pertinent.

Do you actually think about who the president is?

Must you?


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1  author  It Is ME    last year

"I can’t think of a better way to spend one’s time."

"vast numbers of Americans are busy constructing lives that no president can touch. It is often a struggle. Everyone starts from a different place. But it is possible."

2  JohnRussell    last year

There is nothing wrong with ignoring the presidency, or Congress, if that is what someone chooses to do.

It is neither right or wrong, nor is the other right or wrong.

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2.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @2    last year

Politics is now nothing better than "Kiddy Playground" antics anymore.

The "ADULTS" have left the asylum ! 

"Look at me, I'm at the Dentist" !

"Look at me, Capitalism is man against man. Socialism is the other way around" !

"Look at me.....FREE Stuff" !

"Look at me, I'm drinking a beer" !

And Trump is considered an only problem......pffffffft !

3  CB     last year

Do you actually think about who the president is?

I do often. I remember writing my thoughts many, many, months ago: Any president that is a pathological liar as President Donald J. Trump is clearly, giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other! It is the way of a lying spirit. How about those tax cuts now?

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3.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  CB @3    last year
How about those tax cuts now?

Working for "ME" for a "Change". (smiley face)

3.1.1  CB   replied to  It Is ME @3.1    last year

How shall we eat? A whole segment of resentful people are building right around the 'trunk' of the President. He, giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other! This can not bode well for him as a strategy! A president who punches wildly at everybody: Not (financially) sound!

Watch out he is targeting 'wallets' now! Will he come for yours, that is the question!

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3.1.2  author  It Is ME  replied to  CB @3.1.1    last year

"How shall we eat?"

Just like everyone has always day at a time ! Whose President hasn't changed that concept ……. EVER !

The Democrats have been leading those same resentful people on for decades and decades !

A "President" that punches wildly at all the set-in-place Politicians, is okay in my book !

3.1.3  CB   replied to  It Is ME @3.1.2    last year

Until a "set-in-place" politician ducks and that swing goes wide in your direction! Watch out!  Trump giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other! (Smile.)

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3.1.4  author  It Is ME  replied to  CB @3.1.3    last year

Set-in-place Politicians just taketh away ….. period !