A Plumbline in the Wind

The world is going to the dogs, but I refuse to learn to bark

A Plumbline in the Wind Near Lauder, Scotland: Sheep on a hillside

Confound their politics

10 January 2008 · No Comments

Every time we, the sovereign people of the United States of America, enter in upon the project of electing a President, I am more and more appalled at the absurdity of the process. The choosing of party nominees used to be the business of political bosses. True, that got us Warren Harding and Franklin Pierce, but it also got us Abraham Lincoln and the Roosevelts. Now we have primaries, which seem to favor demagogues and mountebanks. Sanity and rational thought seem to get buried. I shudder to think that we may be given a choice in November between Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, two men whose principal appeal to public opinion–as far as I can tell–is naïveté. I think Americans really want to elect the Bellman:

He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.

Our national problem is that we are so unused to either taking care of ourselves or trusting in Almighty God that we expect the government to preserve us from all misfortune, and are willing to trade any degree of liberty to achieve the result. All we need is the promise–however vague–and the assurance that we will not have to give anything or make any effort to achieve it, and we rush to the protective arms of tyranny.

There is one candidate I do like, and for whom I will vote if given the chance, but in order to remain on speaking terms with my family and friends, I will not reveal his name.

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