Barack Obama should not be President for a second term…
What I mean to say is, more often than not, a President’s second term is just awful, even if the first term was great. By the time eight years are over, most of the country is sick to death of him.
Even the great Presidents, we grow to hate, no matter how much we loved them on election day.
I’ve been reading the biography of one of our great Presidents, Teddy freaking Roosevelt. Here he is, depicted in one of his life’s great accomplishments: defending America from Bigfoot with a machine gun in the middle of a raging forest fire. Also, little known fact: his face on Mount Rushmore is life-size. He was actually a golem.
And my conclusion from reading about a man like this is how much our culture has changed in the last century. We’d probably never elect Teddy, or anyone like him, President today. We’d hate his guts.
Here’s four reasons why we’d hate one of our greatest Presidents if he were alive today…
Today’s Show is Brought to You By the Letters “R” and “D”
Those are the two most important letters in the alphabet in America.
Most people don’t have actual principles that they act on. We act on emotions or brand loyalty. We boil politics down to two letters. You don’t even have to be literate to mark an “R” or “D” on a ballot.
If you doubt me, I ask you where have all the war protesters gone? They were out in full force for six years when there was an “R” in the White House. Haven’t seen them since, though the war in Afghanistan rages on while Libya spins out of control and the rest of the Mid-East burns. Surely, the protesters didn’t get jobs, with 9.1% unemployment. Conclusion: most “anti-war” people don’t actually give two craps about war. They were protesting the letter “R.”
A guy like T.R. wasn’t loyal to a letter. He did what was right for the country. If you stood in his way, prepare your chops for some serious busting. But we don’t want leaders like that. We’d rather elect wieners to office than leaders who have the balls to do the right thing.
Speaking of which…
Femininity is the New Masculinity
Teddy’s idea of masculinity would not go over well in the land of American eunuchs. His idea of a good time was jumping off his horse into a pack of wolves to knife a cougar to death. I kid you not. Kind of makes the idea of field dressing a moose sound feminine.
Let Me Tell You What I Think
Ol’ Teddy wasn’t short on opinions, and there was no question about what they were.
That’s why he wouldn’t make it past a Presidential primary today. Politicians today have to carefully parse every word they say, until no one knows what they’re saying. We’ve trained them to do that. Americans are such sensitive, thin-skinned, crybaby wimps, we think that someone merely having an opinion is wrong and “divisive.”
We think everyone’s opinion is a personal offense to our opinions. We think everyone’s religion is an attack on ours. We think everyone’s race is racist against us. We think everyone’s sexuality is an affront to our own. If something doesn’t affirm what we already believe and stroke our egos, it must be stopped.
America the Flippin’ Sweet
Even more than Teddy believed in his own total sweetness, he believed in the total sweetness of America. He believed America was a good place that had a divine destiny to reach and a role in the world to fulfill, and that belief inspired people. What was his evidence of divine purpose? Americans themselves, the toughest, gutsiest, grittiest SOBs the world had ever seen.
Not so much anymore. If people believe in “divine” anything, it’s that America is being divinely punished. We believe America is on it’s last legs. We believe the church is endangered too. Our evidence is ourselves. We look at ourselves and we don’t believe we can accomplish anything great anymore, and we don’t want leaders who would tell us we can.
Of course Americans have a divine destiny. So do Australians, Europeans, Asians, even Canadians have some destiny. We exist on this planet for a purpose. We just have to find it again.
What do you think? Do we have any leaders today, or just political game-players? Is there still hope for our culture, the way there was in decades past, or was that all misguided imperial thinking? I’ve left out lots more reasons why a guy like T.R. would be burned at the stake today, so chime in and tell us why.