What Are We Going to Do About it?

By: Patti Bankson

Living in a home means you’re responsible for keeping it maintained. If a toilet stops up or stops working, you have a couple of sensible options: call a plumber, or if you’re handy, figure out why it’s not working, or what part isn’t working; then you get it fixed. Of course, there is another option… tear the whole house down first, then investigate and fix it. That’s pretty stupid, isn’t it? Not to mention slow and expensive. In other words, the cure would obviously be worse than the disease.

Living in the White House means you’re responsible for keeping the country maintained and fixing whatever’s stopped up or not working… like health care. Now, we may not all be Harvard grads, nor smarty-pants lawyers (apologies to all you lawyers who aren’t S.P.s), but Congress should be ashamed of the fact that we’re smarter than they are. (Nothing new, there!) I’m not talking about I.Q. I’m talking about what’s required to live life on a daily basis… common sense. The common sense that tells us it’s stupid to demolish a whole house when all you need to fix the toilet is a new float, or even, just a plunger.

That demolition mentality and lack of common sense, among other things, are the reasons for my love/hate relationship with politics and politicians. I love that they give me so much to think and write about. On the other hand, I hate that they’re so smarmy… so lacking in character and selfless servanthood… so sure they’re the most, and only, important thing in the galaxy… so willing to sell out their constituents for power and financial gain. And yet… I still want to believe that some people step into the political arena with the right hearts and motives; with a clear understanding that it’s not about them, it’s about us and the U.S.

Unfortunately, our culture’s obsession with the glitz and glamour of celebrity… the superficiality of beauty that’s only skin-deep… well-delivered speeches and clever sound bites… has turned elections into beauty pageants and popularity contests. Too many voters don’t care whether candidates lie, cheat, or whatever; the only thing that matters is what they look like, how cool they are… what they’re wearing… how smoothly they tell us what we want to hear.

Maybe that’s why the health care protests and protesters’ passion caught Congress by surprise. It’s the 2009 version of Shock and Awe. It’s the proverbial slap upside the head. Maybe that’s why they don’t get it, no matter how many people show up at Tea Parties or Town Hall meetings. Maybe it’s because we’ve been telling them in so many words and so many ways for so many years… No, make that decades… that whatever they do, as long as they look good doing it, have the moves and get the laughs when appearing on some late night talk show, no matter how many times they put themselves smack dab in the middle of an ugly scandal, that no matter how much they lie to us, betray us, and steal from us… We’ll keep putting our X next to their names. And, don’t talk to me about 2nd chances and forgiveness. It’s not a question of more chances and forgiveness… it’s a question of Expectations. Somewhere along the line we quit expecting Integrity, Honesty and Accountability. We seriously lowered our expectations and our standards. Not surprisingly, so far they’ve done a great job of living down to our low expectations.

Now… what are we going to do about it?

About The Author Patti Bankson:
Send comments to pbankson@cfl.rr.com © 2011 Patti Bankson The Way I See It / The Apopka Chief / www.thelandofthefree.net

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