Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Questions to Ponder

When did it become cool to have "normal" leaders?

When did leadership become a normal trait?

Why is "average" suddenly such a great thing?

Did you want to be average as a child?

How about "just like everybody else?"

Who counts as everybody?

Who does the counting?

When did intelligence become a liability for people seeking power?

How did I miss the fact that Harvard education was something to sneer at?

If you own seven houses and your wife is worth $100 million, how can you be running as the average guy?

When did it become average to have a father and grandfather who were admirals in the Navy?

Did I miss the memo that declared that secession from the United States was a good thing?

How can you love America, but marry somebody that doesn't even want to be a part of America?

Does any of this make sense to y'all?

Why does Obama have a "hard-working American" problem, but John McCain doesn't have a "black problem?"

Do black people even work?

Do we even think?

If you can barely manage to keep track of your booze drinking, fornicating daughter and can't convince your husband not to hang around with secessionists, doesn't that raise questions about your management ability?

Why does a town of 10,000 residents need a $15 million sports complex?

Why did a fiscal conservative push to give her state's citizens more free money from the government?

If it took you six years and five schools to get a degree in journalism, are you really qualified to lead this country?

How come an ex-journalist can't answer simple questions from reporters?

Did you know John McCain finished fourth in his class in Annapolis? fourth from the bottom that is...

How can Republicans run on change, when we've had Republicans running the country for six of the past eight years?

Who do they plan to change into?

Democrats?

So many questions, so few good answers.

12 comments:

blackgirlinmaine said...

Good questions. Sadly Americans no longer seem to like to think on a critical level, we like to be entertained, we like people who are like us. However when it comes to leading this country, I want someone who is a tad brighter than me and that is not a slam on my own intelligence at all.

It is odd that a former journalist can't answer any questions..thinks that make you go um...

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Things that make you go hmmmm... I like your remix!*lol*

-OG

Truthiz said...

Now there you go again Big Man, asking "Intelligent" questions (sigh)!

C'mon, say it with me:

America is a "DUMBED-DOWN" nation now.

Truthiz said...

I read this little goodie at Booker Rising and wanted to share:

Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was the master of the “big lie” tactic in which a lie, no matter how outrageous, is repeated often enough that it will eventually be accepted as truth.

Goebbels explained:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”--

Simply put, the Rethuglican party_in particular, the neoCons and [K]hristian reich-wing factions_long ago (at least 5 decades) adopted the propaganda tactics of the Nazis. And they've been "Playing" Americans (especially white Americans) very successfuly every since.

Now_of course Big Man, most Americans are too UNintelligent to recognize_or even care_that they're being "PLAYED".

Nevertheless, in times like these, I am reminded of my grandmother's words (and BOY do I miss her!):

"NO Lie can live forever baby."

Big Man said...

A lie might not be able to live forever, but it doesn't have to. It only has to live until November. If the truth is exposed after that, it will be too late for us all.


I used to love "Things that make you go 'Hmmmmmm.'" Aresenio had some good moments.

blackgirlinmaine said...

Hmmmmmm, not um... See that's what happens when I only get 1 cup of coffee before I start surfing.

Anonymous said...

How the Bush team managed to convince half the electorate that George was just a regular ole' Texas cowboy is still astonishing to me.

How Kerry lost in 2004 is still a mystery to me. And Gore in 2000, but less so. The Dems are incompetent boobs, they don't play dirty like the Repubs. They're just stupid. The Republicans are experts at winning elections they have no business winning. It was only thanks to one Ross Perot that we even had a Dem since Carter.

McCain ain't no gun slingin' cowboy. That's what Palin brings, she's the gun slingin' cowgirl designed to appeal to the same demographic that _still_ thinks Bush is doing a good job and all the "small town" folks. Nuts.

But fear not. Come the debates, Obama will crush McCain, it'll be ovahhhh even before election day.

Right now it's just a popularity contest. The debates showcase actual policy.

Not that I have much faith in the average voter, after all they passed on Gore and Kerry and now may do so on Obama. Eek!

Deacon Blue said...

Ok, Big Man...print all these questions on pamphlets. They need to be passed out on street corners coast to coast. I know a lot of people will throw them away, but a few of them might think it's a menu for a take-out/delivery joint and actually start reading it.

Christina Springer said...

I'm with Deacon Blue. Print these up, pass them out. It's a good list.

Big Man said...

Hey Christina! Thanks for coming through.

Gye Greene said...

"Did you know John McCain finished fourth in his class in Annapolis? fourth from the bottom that is..."

Dude!!! He **is** running for G.W.'s third term!!!


--GG

A.F. said...

Hey Big Man. Thank you for compiling all these questions. How *can* this be happening???

Truthiz, I so appreciated those quotations from Goebbels and know it's so true that the Republicans are following his instructions exactly.

My favorite during the past 8 years was from Goering: "...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Raving Black Lunatic