You’ve likely noticed: All the power seekers sell the same formula: an earthly utopia that will result from electing them. This will always be funded by somebody else, not you. And the power seeker will see to that. And finally, never mind that whatever formula is being sols has been tried and failed dismally throughout history; this time is different! The actual difference always ends up as having them selling the snake oil rather than their failed predecessors but the marks (us) always stand there nodding slack-jawed agreement with a message that always ends as something for nothing.
In history, this may come from the Left or the Right; just now, the Left is doing most of the selling. And we are continuing to vote for hope and change over experience. Birds sing, fish swim and voters vote in predictable ways. It’s easier than thinking.
Many have noted this and been ignored or punished for their pains; Jesus Christ is probably the best known example. We have without fail, gone on regardless. We elected Barack Obama along those lines and are now looking about for his replacement since he has failed to deliver. Hillary is being thrown at us or more honestly, is throwing herself but we already know her; she lacks mystery needed for belief. She is too perceptibly, merely human. The extreme Left is waving Elizabeth Warren just now, hoping to replace Hillary with her or at least, dismiss Mrs. Clinton. La Warren is a very smart nutcase far to Hillary’s left. She has led previous charges against the Left’s windmills with little to show for it but she carries the acceptable flag along with two ‘X’ chromosomes.
Cross the aisle and you find a refurbishing Romney who is acceptable to the GOP leadership because he wants the same things that the Democrats want but with of course, the Republicans in charge of the gravy. Pecking at that are a few, such as Senator Rubio and Senator Paul who have recently come to appreciate Leftish social values while offering better management (take their word for it). And finally their is Senator Cruzz, an unrepentant conservative populist, to hear him speak. None of them, not one, including Senator Cruz, speaks to us as though we are adults, offering the hard choices that reality is presenting. Nor will they; they are after all, politicians. You don’t move the snake oil by admitting what’s actually in it.
The leadership of the Jews got everyone thrown out by the Romans; the Roman leadership essentially abandoned the place to the Germans and the heirs of it all are now busily turning Europe and North America into Detroit writ large in the endless pursuit of — something for nothing.
We know but we refuse to accept what we have been both told and shown endlessly: We cannot elect security and peace. They have to be made and maintained with effort and sacrifice. But promise those and see how fast you are elected! A Democrat, President Kennedy, said: “Ask not what your country can do for you” but he said it after he had been elected. None are saying it now, when that is what needs to be said.
The numbers of knowledgeable folk predicting that the second leg of our ongoing depression will show itself during 2014 are growing. That event may flush out some more serious Presidential candidates. Or even, if we are unlucky, a man (or lady) on a white horse. We can only hope. But we had best not be lured into repeating the storied and all too human triumph of hope over experience …