Friday, August 27, 2004

Remember When...

Remember when you were in school and you were learning of all our past Presidents? Men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln? I don’t know about you, but I always had a sense that these men were upstanding citizens who wanted to provide leadership to a young country without furthering a personal agenda or resorting to slanderous character bashing.

Fast forward to the past several elections. Think about your impressions of men like Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, John Kerry, and George W. Bush. Do any of these men fall into the same category as our forefathers? Not in my mind.

I can’t imagine that the famous Lincoln - Douglas debates remotely resembled what we have today. Did Abraham Lincoln call John Douglas a liar and a traitor? Did John Douglas make fun of Lincoln because he was a country boy and didn’t pronounce words exactly right? Who knows? Maybe the history books didn’t paint an accurate picture. (Aside – If he were still around, I’ll bet that Lincoln probably couldn’t say “nuclear”)

My point here is that this election has already gotten ugly, and WILL continue to get uglier as we get closer to November. I don’t believe either candidate or their campaigns are acting presidential in their tactics. How refreshing it would be to have some dignity and decorum!

As Uncle Buck always says, we get what we deserve!

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