Thursday, February 22, 2007

Running Again ?

Saying for the day- You deserve what you elect to office.

I’m bored again so I am back to thinking about running for President. I am forming a first class think tank to help me examine the problem’s of the nation. Now I know that being bored is not the best reason for running but
1. I am not rich with so much money that I figure I can buy the office.
2. I don’t have five houses and would like to add the white house to my collection.
3. My father was never President.
4. I haven’t been governor and see the Presidency as the next logical step up.
5. I don’t belong to a group with all the answers and a need to impose them on everybody else.
6. I have no lust for power.
In other words I don’t have any of the usual reasons for running.
Today I want to look at another road block to my candidacy. I have never served in the military.
Military service or lack of it seems very important to the Press .Candidates should have been in the military ( National Guard doesn’t count) , It would be helpful if they were in a plane that was shot down and they crawled through the jungle to safety or if their boat sank and they swam miles through shark infested waters.
I am afraid that if they looked at me they would not only find one who never served but one who comes from a long line of non servers. My grandfather John fled Finland on his brother’s passport to escape the Russian draft. My father was deferred in WW 2 because he was a pharmacist ( a great way to dodge the draft). I didn’t serve in Viet Nam.I was in Seminary when it started and deferred. The odd thing is that I was such a Hawk in those days I considered becoming a chaplain but then along came Peter. In any case there is plenty there for the Press to play with.
It seems we Americans like our Presidents to have been in the military and I wasn’t.
A very definite obstacle to climb over.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons used to fly, and life goes on as usual– Pastor Marvel called a special meeting of the church council after last night’s Ash Wednesday service at Last Lutheran. Then he submitted his resignation and informed them that he had accepted a call to Laughing Lutheran in Kickme Florida. He told them he felt that God was calling him. He thanked the council for their support and prayers during his ministry. Bob Olson who is Council President said that he though Pastor Marvel was crying while he told them. It was a very emotional moment. Life at Last Lutheran will never be the same again.
One of those grocery store tabloids was in Pigeon Falls yesterday to take pictures of an talk to Tommy UK. One can see the headline now “Miracle Boy Hits Deer and Lives” . They will increase his speed and the size of the deer and might even roll him down a hill. Tommy loved the whole thing. He was going to buy several of the papers when they came out but the person doing the interviewing said they would send him a stack for free. So Tommy UK has his moment in the sun. Well actually his moment in the snow.
Tom Maki, President of the “Proud Finns” group reminded everyone that this coming Saturday was the toughest Finn contest. It will be help out at Ofa Rannkin’s camp. All the contestants will Sauna together, then roll in the snow, jump in the pond, and then sit in the deck chairs provided. The last one to go back in the Sauna wins the title. Last year’s winner Ussi Pelkonen won’t be competing beaus he is still recovering from the effects of his pneumonia. For those who survive a Finnish feast will be served consisting of Lihapullat with boiled potatoes, Kaalikääryleet, and with Mämmi for dessert. Of course there will be plenty of Pulla to go with the meal.

Today's Link-Things in Life- Summer is coming. This could help. Please leave Dr. John in the comment.
I had a rough night last night and slept poorly. I did some blogging. I watched my soaps which seem to be getting dumber and dumber. I did a little more blogging. When Pennie came home she and Betty went grocery shopping. One can not live on Jam and bologna alone. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Catch said...

It doesnt bother me a bit that you were not in the military. I am still voting for you. I have a Vote for John Linna on my blog. Next I am going to start collecting money for your campaign...and if you decide not to run...well..Ill just keep the

6:35 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

My husband was in Vietnam. We were in the San Francisco bay area during the "spitting" incidents. Cant say I think too much of protesters.

So are any of those Finnish specialties like lutefisk?

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

I'll vote for you. Its about time for some common sense and humour in the oval office.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I wouldn't want to be president either, except I heard they have free airplanes at thier disposal at all times. That's a pretty good perk.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Alastair said...

I'd vote for you, only I'm in the wrong country (or the right country, depending on your point of view - hooray for England and all that - sorry, lost it for a moment there....)

My father was American, but died before I was born, so that doesn't really count, I guess....

3:18 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Being we're in a time of war, military experience was a plus during the last election.

My Dad wanted to join the army, but my Grandparents were both killed in a car accident right after Dad married my Mom. Leaving him with 8 siblings and soon me on the way.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Dr John

I won't be able to vote for you if you run for President, but if I could I would.

If you ever decide to move to Canada and run for Prime Minister you would get my vote.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous stacy said...

I wouldn't say it makes or breaks the deal, but I can see the point of a president, who is the Commander in Chief, having some military experience.

6:06 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

You still have my vote. Perhaps you can finds ways to keep everyone from going to war.

3:16 AM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

If only I were citizen in your country, I would be one vote already.

3:45 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

You've got my vote, and when I win the Lotto, I'll help finance your run! (Either that, or buy a really big yacht.)

Kickme, Florida. Is that close to Kissimmee, Florida?

That sounds so cool: Kickme, Kissimmee, Kickme, Kissimee . . .

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would get my vote, you seem to have the common sense it would take to run that office. Speaking of is going to a long 2 years until the 08 elections, for them to be campaigning already! They are saying that it will take $100 million to get into the White House this time around! I think that is insane, if you think about it. All that money spent and they would probably get close to the same results with much less money spent and less campaigning time. The conservatives are going to vote their way and the liberals their will just be a matter of who has the most people voting that one day in November of 08!

I say Linna for president!

10:12 PM  

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