Sure, throughout American history, politicians have almost always needed stacks of cash, connections to business tycoons, a soap box and testicles. We’ve recently relaxed that last requirement.
But that’s about the only requirement that’s been relaxed. Sure, American politics have always been dirty. But watching this year’s campaign heat up with the continual swirl of accusations of moral impurity and past transgressions has made me realize something.
We have set a really high standard. We expect a hell of a lot of our public leaders. We all think that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s not…
Expect to Get Borked
Can you believe that FDR was able to occupy the White House for over a decade, and was able to keep his polio illness a secret from the public? The press actually agreed to not publish pictures of him being lifted out of his wheelchair, or other compromising situations. Unbelievable!
If you plan to go into politics today, don’t plan on being treated so nicely. Whether you’re a paraplegic or you have a skeleton in the closet, expect your trash to be picked through, your dirty laundry aired, and every sin exposed. Expect to get “borked.” If you may have sexually harassed a couple of women, or you had an affair before becoming a Catholic, your political career may end at town comptroller.
Messiah or Satan
I don’t know when we got this idea that a politician’s past sins are unforgivable. It certainly didn’t apply to the Kennedys. But the American voting public is kind of stupid and naive these days. We want all or nothing. We want purity in thought, word and deed.
We want…a Messiah.
That’s it. We want a Messiah, some angelic politician as pure and gentle and wise and clean shaven as the Lord Jesus Christ who can save us all from our misery. The godless liberals won’t admit it. The “Christian” right will try to disguise it as voting for Jesus.
But we’re not voting for Jesus and his politics. The left and the right have given up on Jesus and his teachings. So we need a new Messiah. We expect a politician to redeem America. We want perfection.
And if a politician isn’t the Messiah, then of course, he must be Satan.
There are only two possibilities. Either you are as clean and pure as a dove descending from heaven with the very words of God. Or you are a demonic poltergeist from the bowels of hell, sent to destroy America.
Barack Obama: Messiah or Satan?
George W. Bush: Messiah or Satan?
See what I mean? Most people you ask will think those guys are one or the other.
The Most Trusted Person in Town
It used to be that a pastor was the most trusted man in town. People believed what pastors said. They believed that pastors had good intentions and were more ethical than they were. People believed that pastors and priests had special connections to God.
And then the clergy collectively blew it.
Pastors aren’t the most trusted guys in town. People know that they’re imperfect, just like anyone else. Sometimes they’re really imperfect. A lot of people have come to expect the worst from pastors. People think they’re all charlatans or money-grubbers or pedophiles. And the God they represent must not be any better.
Politicians have taken the place of the pastor. Government is now the altar where citizens worship and bring their tithes. Separation of church and state? They are one and the same. And no matter how hard we look, we’re not going to find anyone who’s completely perfect. If you’re looking for a group of men who’ve never done anything dumb in the name of sex, then you’re an idiot. If you’re looking for a group of women who have forever resisted the allure of money, then I’m surprised that you can even read this. If you still think any politician can solve every problem, then you are the reason the founding fathers created the electoral college.
What say you? Are we looking too hard for a Messiah? Should have have super high standards, or are we just being naive?