Monday, November 5, 2012

"why does everyone believe the president is the leader of our country"

Frank J. Fleming:
So where did we get this idiotic idea?

I mean, really, why does everyone believe the president is the leader of our country? What he is, is the head of our government, i.e., he is the leader of the least part of our country. We have two groups in America: the people who work hard and create businesses and jobs and all the things that make our country great, and the screw-ups who get in the way of that. Government is by far the greatest force of the latter. So why do we as citizens think the guy we put in charge of the government and all the bureaucrats — “King Idiot,” basically — is our leader? That’s like saying a pothole is in charge of the road.

What was the concept of the U.S. government when it was created? That it’s our servant — we’re in charge of it. The president serves at our pleasure. So the president trying to lead us is like your butler dictating your agenda for the day. What would you do if your butler tried that? That’s right: You’d lock him in a small room in the wine cellar for a couple days to teach him his place. Yet somehow we not only put up with the president trying to lead us, but we’ve come to expect it.

We have it in our heads that the president of the United States is like the CEO of our country, when in reality his job is more akin to head janitor. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to say that politicians work as hard or are as essential to society as the average janitor. But it’s our job as private citizens to do the main work, and the government is supposed to operate in the background doing minor things that support that work — cleaning up the messes we’re too busy to handle. If the head janitor and his staff do their jobs well, we should barely even notice them.

We need to get this 'employer-employee' thing straightened out. These bastards work for us.

Performance review is tomorrow.

13 comments:

  1. Then hopefully the guy who wants to run the government as a business won't win.

    Boo

    PS and the President is considered the leader of the country because he's the head of state.

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    1. Fleming's essay is tongue-in-cheek.

      It's sad to have to explain things...

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    2. Especially when you don't actually know anything.

      Boo

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  2. Performance review is tomorrow.

    And Obama is very likely to win. I look forward to seeing you froth at the mouth like a lunatic.

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    1. We'll see who will win.

      My bet is Romney, easily.

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    2. You're backing a loser. Romney's trailing in most of the "battleground" states that he needs to win.

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  3. I don’t remember anyone ever questioning whether the President was the leader of our country, even tongue-in-cheek, when we had a white president.

    -KW

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    1. Yea. You guys were quite respectful of Bush. And Reagan.

      And nobody ever disrespected Clinton orCarter.

      You really need to let this 'anyone who criticizes Obama is a racist' thing go...

      It's demeaning... To Obama. Politics is rough stuff,and you keep insisting that his race makes him exempt, which is patronizing.

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    2. It’s right in line with Limbaugh calling him “man child”, the Romney campaign calling him “immature” and “lazy”, Santorum saying Obama is going “to chuck some spears” at the debate, Palin referring to “Obama’s shuck and jive shtick”, and the hundreds of other instances of Republican racism directed at our President. If you guys are trying not to sound racist, you’re failing miserably.

      -KW

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    3. Do you know of any Democrat governors who shook their fingers in Bush or Reagan's faces? Or Democrat Congressmen who shouted out interruptions when Bush or Reagan was addressing Congress?

      Anyone who is a birther is a racist. Anyone who pushes the claim that Obama doesn't understand what it means to be an American is doing it because they are racist. Anyone who actually takes Obama 2016 seriously is a racist. Anyone who claims Obama can't be trusted because he is a Muslim and because he is a member of Jeremiah Wright's church in the same breath is a racist. Anyone who brings a picture of Obama as a stereotypical African witch doctor to a Tea Party rally (or anywhere else, really) is a racist. Anyone who wears a shirt saying it's time to put the White back in the White House is a racist. Anyone who criticizes Obama as an imaginary socialist is probably a racist.

      People who criticize Obama on his actual policies are not necessarily racist, but the right rarely does that.

      Boo

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  4. "If you guys are trying not to sound racist, you’re failing miserably."

    I give you...Bill Maher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkIi8EXoanc

    The joke is funny because black people are so threatening, right? Because everyone knows that black people are violent and dangerous...that's why Bill's joke is funny, right? Don't vote for Romney because if you do the violent, dangerous, criminal black people will get you! OMGROFLOL...and they also have big lips!!! LOLLLLLLLLLLL

    And to Boo, "Anyone who..." wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, correct (witch dr.?), correct(white-house), wrong.

    Using the word "anyone" makes your statements nothing but wild conjecture at best. Especially this idea that if one were to believe Obama is a socialist that in turn would make them a racist. That makes you sound insane and I'll tell you why. There are literally millions of people of all creeds and colors who have laid down their lives, been imprisoned, crawled over walls, ran through minefields, were shot, stabbed, beaten, drowned, and all other sorts of horrors, just to fight against or escape "socialism". It has a stigma for a reason. It's the favored government of tyranny. But if you really want to go that way...expect about a 83% reduction in wages. (see Chinese model)


    Finger waving and drowning in the ignorance,

    Jario



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    1. Meanwhile, sane adults understand that calling a compulsive centrist a socialist and calling a Christian a Muslim are simply the ways those people express their anger at having a black president without actually coming right out and saying that it's because he's black.

      And Maher's joke is funny because he's mocking all the right wing nutbags like Mr. Egnor who were claiming that black people were planning to riot if Obama lost.

      Boo

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    2. A "compulsive centrist"?

      Now I know you're insane! And I certainly wouldn't worry about "right wing nutbags" if I were you. Liberal ideals have and will always prevail at the end of the day. I expect a much wider margin of victory for the Democrats in 2016.

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