"That which does no earthly good cannot be heavenly minded." R. Rivera

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Politician's New Year's Resolution, 2012

Elections are right around the corner. Let the hilarity begin.

A Politician's New Year's Resolution, 2012
By Ruben Rivera
Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good blog©
31 December 2011

I resolve not to be the lackey of deep
pocket interests, but to serve the common
people who still believe their vote actually
matters. Though I do owe favors to the
special interests without whom I would
not be here. But as soon as I take care of
them, it's all about the people, so help me,
or may my right hand sprout mushrooms.

 I resolve not to sell out my values to
every trade wind of political expediency
or the corrupting lure of conflict of
interest enrichment opportunities.
But I am also a realist. After all, the
world is thus and thus must we live
in the world. That aside, I shall preserve
my values inviolate, or may my taste
buds switch places with my bile ducts.

 As a politician who's been an outsider
in Washington for years, I resolve to
take the politics out of politics and
work with my colleagues across the
isle for the good of the country --
after all, the things that unite us are
greater than the things that divide us --
assuming I can find someone from the
other party with a brain-stem. These
I resolve to fulfill, or may my tongue
forever be forced to speak the truth. 

On the even lighter side, see here.
Pictures: free clip art 


Antiques And Teacups said...

Wouldn't it be brilliant if all the candidates read & subscribed to that!!!! Sigh...and then she woke up!

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hence it is evident that the state is a creation of nature, and that man is by nature a political animal. And he who by nature and not by mere accident is without a state, is either above humanity, or below it; he is the ‘Tribeless, lawless, hearthless one,’ whom Homera denounces—the outcast who is a lover of war; he may be compared to a bird which flies alone.

Now the reason why man is more of a political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is evident. Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and man is the only animal whom she has endowed with the gift of speech. And whereas mere sound is but an indication of pleasure or pain, and is therefore found in other animals (for their nature attains to the perception of pleasure and pain and the intimation of them to one another, and no further), the power of speech is intended to set forth the expedient and inexpedient, and likewise the just and the unjust. And it is a characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes a family and a state.

Ruben Rivera said...

It is not for nothing that the ancient Greeks, in this case Aristotle, have been credited with shaping much of what came after them. But I wonder if Aristotle looked at the dominant cultural values today, would he come to the conclusion that man is by nature consumer animal?

Anonymous said...

They figured he was a lazy, time-wasting slacker. They were right.
Her life was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail.
Times like these call for a Big Lebowski.
It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated … and they'd really rather be bowling.
Lebowski: not a man, a way of life.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I had to come back and comment on the quote:

"It's been my experience that people who THINK they know you, unfortunately treat you that way."

Ruben, I LOVE this...and it rightfully belongs on one of my wine tags (hint, hint!!). This is SO TRUE!!!!!
It just makes me become more impatient as I wait for that fabulous coffee table book to emerge on the best seller list!!! :)
You, my friend, are SO TALENTED!!!
Wishing you a wonderful week_

Palomasea said...

Sorry to visit so late, dear Ruben!

Loved this piece...
Perhaps we need a new law of the land...the Lebowski Law??? heee..

Take care and hugs to you and the Mrs.!
- Irina

Jeri Landers said...

"find someone from the other party with a brain-stem"??? Ouch, Ruben!