Posts Tagged ‘ politics ’

SENIORS: PREPARE TO BE FOOLED

Aug 29th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It has already started and it won’t be long before the virtual tsunami of political advertising, one liners, manipulated interviews, bill boards and campaign signs will proliferate everywhere. The landscape will be littered, the commercials will multiply, the rage will begin, the promises will inundate, the public will be manipulated.

In an article the other day, I said I was giving up on politics. This is not a reversal. It is more of a continuing rationale as to why. Maybe you will agree or disagree. But, my belief is we have an awful lot of work to do to convince both the body politic, that’s us, and the politicians, that’s them, what the genuine needs, conditions, demands and givens are out here in the real world.

We may also disagree on some of those. But,



A SENIOR’S DISCONTENT: GIVING UP ON POLITICS

Aug 12th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Having avidly kept up with politics for several decades, beginning when I was in about the seventh grade, it comes as a surprise that I am ready to surrender my infatuation and interest in the subject. It comes with grave disappointment over the lack of persons who qualify as “statesmen and women,” over the refusal of persons to look beyond their small minded propositions to the larger whole of the body politic. It comes when there is no indication that listening and leading are two qualities of consummately good politicians. It comes when principles are sacrificed without a thought to consequences. It comes when ideals are no longer espoused, and ideas aren’t even given a chance.

Maybe this is what happens in a democracy the age of America’s. Maybe the slow decay began a long time ago. Maybe the educational qualities required to keep a great republic from falling into the abyss were surrendered long before