Y'all better raise those hands!
Everybody likes compliments. They're the reason we spend a few extra minutes in front of the mirror in the morning, or wear clothes that are perfectly tailored instead of dirty sackcloth. Our egos need to be stroked by our friends, our family and our mates, or we become very unhappy.
Unfortunately, we are now looking for that same thing from politicians.
"The American worker is the most innovative and most productive in the world..."
John McCain said something like that recently. Granted, he was trying to weasel out of his "fundamentals of the economy" gaffe, but he still made that statement with a straight face and without drawing any questioning from the media.
I don't about in y'all's house, but in the Lunatic Casa most of our lovely items say "made in China." And from what I've gathered from "the Google", Japanese residents tend to have far more advanced gadgets then we do in here in the home of the red, white and blue.
So I'm wondering, if we're clearly losing to those two nations as far as goods produced and innovations made, how did McCain get away with making that cockamamie statement? And I don't want to pile on the old guy because Barack Obama has been known to spew a whole bunch of platitudes about the glory of the American worker. Both candidates take any opportunity they can find to praise workers, particularly those who vote.
It's silly. Yes, many folks in America work hard. So do folks everywhere. Yes, we have a better lifestyle than many other countries. We're also up to our necks in debt. Sure, we're living high on the hog, but we're also ducking the bill collectors and only answering our phone at certain times of the day.
It's nice that Obama and McCain want to laud the accomplishments of American workers, but just once I'd like to hear some real talk from somebody seeking political office. Working hard is not enough. Just working hard does not guarantee you the American Dream. You have to work smarter, you have to work longer, you have to work faster. But, nobody is telling the American people that because they are too busy telling us how wonderful our new muscles look.
And we have a beer gut!
I'm not writing this because I'm the ultimate worker bee. I'm not. Yet, I'm honest with myself about what I do and what I don't do. I believe that too many people are not honest. They truly believe that Americans are the greatest employees in the world, and as long as politicians keep validating that opinion, there will no incentive for workers to improve.
I want a politician who lays the facts bare. Who doesn't pull punches about anyone or anything. A politician that tells black people we need to step it up in our homes and communities. A politician that tells white people that it doesn't matter when their ancestors came to America, they benefited from slavery and discrimination. I want a president that says that our nation is filled with borrowing bastards and that's a recipe for disaster.
I don't need my ego stroked, I'm straight.