On Being " RIGHT"
Saying for the day- Sometimes right is wrong.
Since I am now an on again off again candidate for President I have been thinking of what makes it possible for a person to be elected to that high Office.
One would think that we want to elect a man or a woman who would be willing to think through a problem after considering the best possible information and then decide on the best possible decision for the good of the nation. The great Presidents have done that.
But if you think that is the kind of President Americans want you would be wrong. People want a President who thinks right and does what is “right”. Where once we were a pragmatic people now we are an issue oriented people.
So we look for a candidate who is as right as we are. If we believe in abortion then the candidate must. If we don’t believe in abortion then the candidate must be against it. If we believe in gay marriage then the candidate must. If we don’t he shouldn’t. If we think Jesus has a plan for the nation then the candidate should share that plan. WE know what is right and we won’t elect a candidate who is not as right as we are.
This is why I can’t be elected President. On all the big issues I see too much gray and too little black and white. I read the newest material and change my opinion. I have no idea what Jesus wants for the nation except to care for the poor and that desire of Jesus is not popular.
A candidate has to state his right position and then never change it. To change position is to flip flop. If you flip flop the press eats you up. The very characteristic we need in a President that of flexibility is against the rules. You must never change. If you wanted your mother to abort your baby sister because you didn’t want a sibling then you must be in favor of abortion now. The press will play and replay your old statements against your new ones. I would be the flip flop king.
So we will keep getting “right” Presidents and they will be locked into mediocre Presidencies .
The elections will continue to be close because the nation is divided in its “rightness”
. Someday, perhaps, we will elect a candidate because she or he is honest, open to change, caring, and capable of independent thought. But I wouldn’t count on it.
@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and Nancy has a computer.– Nancy looked for “Laughing Lutheran” on the internet last night. She found their website. There she discovered that this Sunday they would be voting on Pastor Marvel to be their head Pastor. Now she was stuck with that information. What should she do. Should she tell people. Shouldn’t she wait and let Pastor Marvel tell them. But he won’t tell them unless he gets voted in. Otherwise it won’t make any difference. He won’t know until after the service on Sunday how the vote went so he couldn’t tell them until the following Sunday. That means she would have to sit on this news for over a week. By then somebody else will have found the website. If she was a reporter she could claim the people’s right to know overrides Pastor Marvel’s needs. But she is not a reporter she is a caring coffee shop owner who likes to gossip. For the moment she has decided to not say anything but a week is a long time for Nancy to hold a secret. Perhaps she will tell Tommy, the writer ( from now on referred to as Tommy TW). When he stops in for his daily coffee and saffron bun.
Pastor Marvel sits this morning in his study at the church. He has been praying that if the vote is positive that God will help him decide if he should take the call. None of this was his desire. He was happy being the Pastor at Last Lutheran ( even if some colleagues made fun of the name). Then the call had come from The Bishop in Florida who had talked to his Bishop. It seems that an old friend of Pastor Marvel belonged to Laughing Lutheran and had convinced people they should consider Pastor Marvel. The Bishop who cares very much about what people want ( at least in churches that give as much to benevolence as Laughing Lutheran) had made the proper contacts. Pastor Marvel felt that this was a chance for an all expense paid Florida vacation ( The congregation even got them passes to Disney World). His wife had always wanted a Florida vacation so he agreed to consider it. When he met the leaders of the congregation, preached his sermon, and ate with the people he discovered that this was a wonderful Christ centered group. He liked the two other pastors. The Bishop was okay as Bishops go. He saw where his talents would fit nicely here. Then he began to think ,maybe , this was a call from God. Pastor Marvel was an old fashioned Pastor who believed that God called you to a parish. He had turned down numerous invitations from his Bishop over the years because he didn’t feel called to those churches. Some of them were very big churches with very large salaries but that didn’t move him. But this was different .So he sits in his study almost praying that he will lose the vote. Then he won’t have to decide. God will have decided for him.
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Iy was another dull day. you would think that a potential Presidential candidate would have exciting days. But you would think wrong. I blogged. I watched soap operas. I blogged. Betty went to the Post office. I watched Judge Judy. I blogged. Wow what a day. Well I need a breathing treatment.