Posts tagged ‘Politicians’
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in, and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly for they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer for a Veteran died today.
He won’t be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing, ‘Tho a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing, and proclaim that the were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life.
The politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives,
While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran, his home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran, who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin,
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veteran’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”
Richard Anthony March 23, 2014
Every single politician who has ever held public office has lied at one time or another, but now lying, it seems, is a given. Laws against false campaign advertising raise other issues. “What sort of mechanism do you set up?” asked Brooks Jackson, director of Factcheck.org, a website that monitors the accuracy of politicians’ claims. “I don’t know how you pass a law making it a crime to utter a falsehood in a political debate without giving some government official the power to decide what’s false and what’s not.”
To the rest of us peons, when we tell a lie, there are usually severe consequences. For instance, if we tell a lie to our spouse, we can expect a problem with our relationship, or even the end of it. If we lie under oath in a court of law, we can expect to be charged, fined, or also imprisoned.
But what about politicians who look right in our eyes and lie to us? Why in God’s name do we not punish them? Why are they allowed to get away with it?
For instance – “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, if you like your current insurance plan you can keep it”; that whopper came from the lips of our current president, not once, not twice, but several times. We have irrefutable evidence to that fact. What about Harry Reid? He lies almost every time he opens his mouth. And yet, NOTHING is done to punish him. Have we as a society and a people fallen so far that this is acceptable? If my son were to lie to me, there would be consequences and some form of punishment, as I’m sure most parents would agree with me when I make that statement.
We are taught from an early age not to lie. Political candidates are not held to the same standard, and the reason is simple: their statements and advertisements are considered “political speech,” which falls under the protection of the First Amendment. The noble idea undergirding what otherwise seems like a political loophole is the belief that voters have a right to uncensored information on which to base their decisions. Too often, however, the result is a system in which the most distorted information comes from the campaigns themselves.
But it’s not just that candidates are allowed to launch unfounded attacks against their opponents or make false claims about their own records. Broadcasters are actually obligated to run their ads, even those known to be false. Under the Federal Communications Act, a station can have a blanket policy of refusing all ads from all candidates, but they cannot single out and decline to air a particular commercial whose content they know to be a lie.
So is a “lie” protected under the 1st Amendment or not?
But what about a politician who violates their oath of office? Surely THAT is a crime….or IS it? Apparently, if you are the current president, it isn’t. And to be fair, I’m also talking about every single politician who is currently in office right now, Democrat AND Republican. So what can we do? Arrest every member of congress and charge them with violation of oath of office? That would be rather difficult.