As defined by Dictionary.com:
acephalous \ey-SEF-uh-luhs\ , adjective:
1. Without a leader or ruler.
I think the country and our two leading political parties both suffer from this adjective. I would rather call it a condition, we as a whole suffer from Acephalous. It almost sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. It can almost be said we have copulated with ourselves and gave it to everyone.
I remember when Fox News Channel first went on the air. They were actually “Fair & Balanced.” Then after Bush (#2) was elected, 9/11 happened, and some how they went, for lack of better term, cuckoo. The “normal” news outlets were always “left” leaning, but they went on overdrive at the same time FNC went cuckoo.
Then we get Jon Stewart and Stephen Cobert. Some how the viewers of those two shows seem to think political satire is real news and take everything those two say to heart. Then we are presented with a well spoken, non-white candidate who can cull the votes that neither major party have been able to attract for years. Mainly based on the opinions of two comedians and decades old empty promises. The GOP have a political satirist also, by the name of Paula Priesse. I have even personally share and re-posted things she has shared on Facebook. Although, even her rhetoric is becoming over the top and ridiculous.
I only mention Paula Priesse because I recently watched a video in which a very young latino girl is quoting Benjamin Franklin and it got me thinking. Why did it get me thinking? Because the quotes she repeats are so overwhelmingly true, that we have forgotten them and forgotten what they mean to us as a whole.
I am going to list the three quotes and after each give you my opinion of why we need to pay attention to them and remember them.
1) Well Done is better than well said.
Ben Franklin had it spot on. This means that anyone can talk and talk and talk, but a persons actions and results are more important. As I said before, we had a canidate, now President who was well spoken, but hasn’t been very effectual in repairing our country, rather he has served to divide us even more.
2) He who lives upon hope, will die faster.
We all keep hoping that some magical hand of government, expectantly attached to Obama’s arm, will swoop in and fix this country and all of it’s problems. In the meantime we are dying, as a country, faster than we ever have. And before you start making excuses and blaming his predecessor(s), read number 3.
3)He who is good for making excuses, is seldom good for anything else.
My mother used to drive me crazy by constantly saying “You have more excuses than Carter has liver pills.” It wasn’t until I became a father myself that I fully understood why she said that. Time for blame is done. It was done as soon as Obama was sworn in as President. Yet here we are, nearly six years later, still hearing excuses, blame and name calling from everyone running the country as to who’s fault is what.
Fact, Democratic leaders in congress forced the mortgage and banking industry to give sum-prime loans via threat of cutting off federal loan options. It’s on C-SPAN video archives, look it up.
Fact, George W. Bush gave too many tax breaks to everyone who was already rich. Also, Attempting to take from the rich and redistributing the wealth hasn’t and won’t fix the problems. The rich will always protect the bottom line, especially at the expense of the lowest paid workers in their organization. Raising minimum wage and taxes doesn’t really hurt the rich at all, it further alienates the poor.
Fact, No one in power now or openly spoken of seeking power has the fortitude to correct the wrongs that have afflicted our country for over 20 years.
Now, I don’t claim to know the answers. But I can surely see the problems.