What Will Politicians Be Doing in 20 Years?

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As I push mowed my lawn this weekend, it occurred to me that politicians are setting terrible examples for our children.

It also occurred to me that I need a riding lawnmower.The Look.  Of Idiots.

Or, as the Evil Spawn calls them, a Sit-n-Mow (she may one day major in marketing… which unfortunately means she will be moving back in with us after graduating from college).

Since it takes me forever to mow, I started thinking about all the politicians who have failed us.

And not just with their policy judgment.

I’m talking failing us by having no moral compass.

When I was a kid, the list was two.

Richard Nixon and Gary Hart.

That was it.  Or at least that was all we knew about.

Now, every day brings another moronic situation where a politician has done something so immature it would cause a 7th grade boy to shake his head in disgust.

President Bill Clinton.

Governor Mark Sanford.

Senator John Ensign.

Senator John Edwards.

Representative Anthony Weiner (that’s his name… really…).

Governor Eliot Spitzer (also a real name…).

They all have one thing in common.  Besides being male (which may explain the immaturity and bad judgment), they all lied about what they did.

Isn’t this the 3rd rule you learn in kindergarten?

After “share with your neighbor” and “raise your hand before talking”?

It usually works like this. 

Politician does stupid.  Lies about stupid.  Continues to lie about stupid.

Holds a press conference in regards to stupid.

Tries to talk wife into attending said press conference.

Half-heartedly apologizes for getting caught.  Begs for forgiveness.  Promises not to do stupid again.

Or at least promises not to get caught doing stupid again.

Gives the look of shame (see picture above).

And repeat with next idiot politician (they don’t seem to learn how to avoid stupid from each other).

My question is what will elected officials be doing in 20 years?

Now it’s girls and Twitter.

By then it could be robbing liquor stores and stealing cookies from Girl Scouts.

These people need to be stopped, but there are just so many of them.

I’m starting to feel overwhelmed.

They are everywhere.

It’s the same feeling I get when one 2nd grader asks me to open their juice box and before I know it I’m surrounded by 127 juice boxes (these kids are like cicadas).

I just need a moment to get my thoughts together.

And also remember how to shove that little straw into the tiny juice box hole (this is NOT a euphemism on politician behavior… although it could be).

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7 Responses to “What Will Politicians Be Doing in 20 Years?”

  1. wozza
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 4:27 am

    Correct me if I’m wr…wr…wr….(I may sometimes make a mi…mi…mi) but all of those rogues in your gallery are also AMERIKAN stoopids right? Or is that a coincidence?

    PS – I think you’ve made your own mi…mi…mi in the bottom left picture – Billy Bob Thornton hasn’t run for office has he? OMG! First Arnie (you missed him off, btw, but he’s never gunna do that pose) and now Billy Bob?? Next you’ll be telling me Ronald Ray-guns held major American office!!!

  2. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 5:33 am

    I think they suffer from hubris, which they use to give themselves permission to do stupid things. They are, I think, good examples to use when we teach our children how NOT to behave. Too bad they don’t remember their lessons from kindergarten!

  3. Kim Shelley
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 12:56 pm

    I don’t think the problem is that more polititians are doing more horrible things…they’ve always done these things (even the founding fathers). The problem, and the lesson for students, is that social media makes it easier for everyone to know they’re doing it. One moment of bad judgement is photographed and viewed a million times in less than a day. Our students need to be aware that this can happen to them too.

  4. Mindy M
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 1:30 pm

    There are far too few people (Administrators and Politicians included) who fail to consider the ethical perspective when facing a decision which tempts them to lie. It becomes easier to tell a lie, than be honest. They justify it because they believe at that moment another virtue to be more important (e.g. compassion for someone else) making it right, or at least less wrong. Clearly these politicians have lost their ethical perspective. Our free will for making decisions right or wrong is the one thing we all have in common. If more people spent time reflecting on their decisions, perhaps there would be time to consider the ethics involved.

  5. Aaron
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 4:40 pm

    I think the answer to the question is…
    collecting large pensions out of the pockets of those they lied to!
    It seems strange that there is not a natural consequence for these liars that does not last longer than the time until the next “scandal”.

  6. Todd
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 1:09 pm

    I agree with Mindy, but wouldn’t limit it to any level. People of all jobs, careers, and educational backgrounds make poor decisions and will lie if that is who they are. The higher you are on the visability scale determines the volume of the crash when you get caught. Just because you are under the news radar doesn’t exempt people from making stupid choices and setting a terrible example for kids.

  7. Christina
    on Jul 9th, 2011
    @ 9:44 pm

    Glad I’ve fnially found something I agree with!

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