Six months ago when it seemed that the presidential race rhetoric couldn’t get any more out of balance I posted a two-parter called: “The Beauty of Balance.” I couldn’t have imagined that it was only the beginning of our country’s out-of-whackness. When the rhetoric of presidential candidates (and the pundits thereof) morphed into childish name-calling – secular and supposed Christian alike – I followed those witty compositions with an even wittier three-part series called “The Libel of Labels.”
I had hoped that we would have shaken ourselves back to a saner place by now, but shockingly, none of these Pulitzer-worthy pieces stemmed the advancing tide of national vitriol and venom! After all, I do have more than a few close friends who owe me money and a couple family members who know how cranky I can be at holiday gatherings if they can’t produce proof that they’ve been following what I type till my fingers bleed. Passive-aggressive guilt-heaping is the tactic I use when indebtedness and crankiness doesn’t work.
But, as you can see, instead of saner it’s only grown weirder here in the Unstable State of America. Anyway, I thought if I could berate or guilt a few more people into reading my former masterpieces on such issues, it might well bring calm, sensibility, if not respectability to our national conversation about what kind of country we want to be in front of the rest of the world who already suspected we were nuts!
For the record, in those former posts I actually named presidential candidates (and only the ones with the least presidentialness to their demeanor and those most lacking in character) so sparingly that I would’ve made my sweet-spirited mother proud. I’ve since let one name in particular slipbut in the most diplomatic way possible by using only his initials: DT.
Incidentally, those initials are the same ones as the severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, confusion, and hallucinations called “Delirium Tremens.” Just saying.
There seems to be some sort of fawning trance over this particular candidate that I can’t help myself but to remind us that time’s running out to detox from these DTs. One man said he was voting for this man with his middle finger. I get the metaphor, and can even understand his frustration, but it’s time to vote with something other than with your finger. Your God-given reason, sense of decency, or a Christ-infused conscience if you have one, come to mind.
If this individual were to actually be elected to the highest office in the land I predict that, when it’s too late to take it back, his hysterical devotees will be flipping him off with a four-year long “Up yours!” (FYI my sweet mother wouldn’t approve, so I would have to forgo my personal finger flipping, at least in public and on the Internet. All bets are off in private among my close and least sanctified friends who promise not to tell Mom.)
OK, so don’t take my teensy word for it. Besides the Pope and other spiritual biggies that I could mention, even the famous stay-away-from-politics pastor and author, Max Lucado couldn’t help himself from voicing his opinion on the candidate in question. And who doesn’t love and respect the always cuddly Max Lucado?
Time for full disclosure. I don’t always, if seldom, vote for Christians for public office. Some of the best and a few of the worst people I’ve ever known are believers in the same God I follow. I’m not looking for a President/Pastor or expect obligatory Bible verses in State of the Union addresses. There’s no way I’ll ever agree with every policy of any one person elected to office. To my mind, it really is the “lesser of evils” that gets my vote. But there is a certain candidate who flunks every test to qualify as the lesser of anything except character. (BTW, be “a character” and having character are not the same.)
I get that you’re so frustrated with the politicians of America that you can’t stand it anymore. You just have to flip someone off, but please don’t do it by drinking the Kool-Aid and voting for someone out of spite! If you need to get it out of your system and it would help you to come back down to earth to vote with a settled mind instead of with your finger, feel free to flip me off. (This offer is only good for the 24-hour period following this posting, so hurry it up!)