We’ve had so very many examples not to follow in even just my lifetime alone when it comes to how to run a country, yet it still seems that each new bold adventurer who steps up to wear the presidential shoes has not learned the lessons of what NOT to do and what TO do, to make things better instead of worse.
Surely, even if we just go back 50 years or so, leaders in-the-running for those shoes should be able to see what was done that did not work out for the best, what ought to have been done — now that one has plenty of hindsight — and what was done that not only did work out for the best, but could be employed as a standard for the future. Somehow,
it seems that all the mistakes keep getting made even when we should have known better, thanks to our very own history; and all the wisdom that might have gotten us through, thanks again to our very own history or the lessons we could easily have learned from other leaders around the world, got lost in the shuffle of ego, stubbornness, ignorance or lack of proper administrational direction and application. In other words, leaders and administrators seem to be too
big to admit they’re wrong, to ask for help from those who could really help, to follow good advice, and to follow through on following up to see that the right things are getting done at the right time with the right people in the right way. Mistakes and failures abound!
For Pete’s sake, some doctors can’t even see to it that the right test or treatment is given to the right patient at the right time in order to facilitate the patient’s best chance for a recovery, so where’s the big surprise that some leaders go off on the wrong tangents and lead this country down the path to a bigger mess than it was ever in before?
The sad and funny thing is that we, the American citizens who live here and vote for our leaders, expect more of them than they are willing and able to give.
So now a former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, bites the dust for bank fraud and lying to the FBI, allegedly tied to former sexual misconduct as far back as when he was a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Ill., prior to his entering politics. One can only wonder, IF such misconduct is true, what other instances of misconduct might yet surface. Yet as I write these words, I’m not aware of any, nor of any blatant denial on his part, and we all want to believe in Innocent until Proven Guilty so it can equally apply to us when we might ever be in such a position — but it does not look promising for the indicted politician. Added to that tidbit this week is the “firing” (or whatever term will be applied to his being shown the door) of Melvin Carraway, the director (acting administrator since last December) of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
Apparently, under his watch, the TSA failed to detect, 95 percent of the time, what its whole purpose was to detect, In the meantime, those of us watching the news on TV have seen those on the TSA team practically terrorize little children, the elderly and the handicapped in their efforts to find what would never be there to find, while apparently not being well-trained enough to find even one of those would-be weapons or bombs that just slipped on through.
Those are just two of the unhappy and even devastating news items of the week that make us wonder what’s wrong with this country: Politicians who think their past won’t catch up with them — or who take their usual behavior with them into the government, risking just such a scandal, but hoping for the best because politics can be such a lucrative endeavor for those who make it through; and heads of important departments — such as the TSA — who apparently don’t take their position seriously enough, or don’t give the right checklist to the right people and check to see that it is being followed to the “T” to insure that they are living up to their sacred duty and responsibility to achieve the goal for which their department was created — the safety of our country.
I don’t know about others, but when I come across a situation that needs to be fixed, and I see a way to fix it, I feel inclined to offer my 2 cents worth. The unsurprising outcome of that is that seldom does anyone want the advice of “an outsider” or a “nobody,” regardless of the fact that outsiders and nobodies often have the better vision for the fix.
Which reminds me of the story about the truck driver who was stuck in the overpass because he drove right in, believing he could make it, even though there was a sign that clearly stated the allowance, which was a tad less than the height of his truck. Since he was holding up traffic and causing quite an annoyance to everyone behind him, he was
getting advice left and right from people telling him what he should do. A little boy kept trying to say something, but nobody would pay any attention to him because he was just a little boy. Finally he blurted out so he could be heard, “Why don’t you just let some air out of the tires?!”
Some day when big shots or “important” people listen to the little shots or “nobodies,” they may get some valuable and helpful advice. So here’s one free piece of advice right now to all politicians or would-be politicians: If you’ve got any major skeletons in your closet, don’t go into politics or don’t try for reelection. Someone will find your skeleton and hang it out there for all to see. You’ll be disgraced, your family will be disgraced, and you’ll bring yet more disgrace to the very core of this United States of America.
As my mother always used to say, never do anything that you wouldn’t want plastered all over the front page of the newspaper — and in this case, I will add, daily OR weekly!