“I look forward to my client’s day in court, as it is getting harder and harder to pretend he is innocent.”
One frequently observes or—worse—is confronted with disagreeable people.
What is new is that so many so-called “leaders” of nations—small and large, democracy or dictatorship—are the most repugnant characters one would ever want to avoid. And, blatant lying to voters, allies, and the world has become the accepted norm.
The following is a quote from a Washington Post article about tourism in Germany prior to World War 2:
Throughout the interwar years many people believed the Nazis’ reassuring mendacities because they wanted to. Germany was on the move again. Industry was booming. Hitler’s totalitarianism, strongly supported by his insanely enthusiastic base, made democracy seem lax and messy. When some diplomats and nearly all the foreign journalists sounded the alarm about the dictator’s demagoguery, lies and racism, it was simply assumed that “the journalists and diplomats had got it wrong.” Frank Buchman, founder of the conservative religious group called Moral Re-Armament, actually hinted that Hitler might be an agent of the divine. As he said in 1936, “Through such a man God could control a nation overnight and solve every last bewildering problem.”
This sounds eerily familiar to a country lead by a character making too many headlines and misunderstood by followers. Let’s hope that history does not repeat itself in terms of global destruction.
Unfortunately, like vegetation along the Mediterranean or the hills of California, plenty of combustable material is lying around in many countries and regions. And, one jerk likes to play with matches…
“The swarm of bees you ordered is ready. Would you like us to send them to Google
or the hot-dog vender who made you wait in line behind a woman in 1986?”
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
With treatment of John McCain in death, the true character has been clearly demonstrated of a man chosen by a small percentage of eligible US voters. And, it was an error of judgment in choosing an idiot for a running mate in 2008 that led to the current disastrous state of affairs. There is no doubt as to who is the bigger man.
Too many people say that the “office” of the President must be respected. Well, I am sure that the office is nice when it is empty.
From the Guardian:
“The Republicans are no longer a modern political party but a faction. James Madison, a primary author of the US constitution, defined faction in The Federalist Papers as, “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community”.
The Republican majority in Congress and those in control of most state governments govern only on behalf of themselves, not the whole community.”
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.