I have listened to the grand speeches of world leaders for easily 60 years but it took only the last 20 years to realize they were put together by professionals who knew what the public wanted to hear.
The last 20 years and the television and internet showed me that the speakers did not write the words they were given to read. I became horrified at the hypocrisy of the speakers to actually believe they had any truth behind their words. They often spoke for the check writers behind their actions and the hypocrisy was soon realized to represent actual truth..
The believers immediately went into a mode of telling questioners that two subjects would never be discussed; politics and religion. This stopped further questions and discussions of the purpose of the speech itself.
Personally I blame “faith” as a counter- non-action to even understand the state of our nation at any specific time. We are trained from childhood to have faith in our religion and in our political choices. This lack of involvement has elected some really bad leadership from the top down in our government. It also angered those faithful Americans to such a point of expressing downright hatred for any other point of view. The faithful followed the individual candidate within the party that preached faith as a “right of passage” for all Americans. Once the choice was made they could stop discussions of the politics of the day.
In one of my classes “Renaissance Art” I was asked by another student what I thought of Sarah Palin. I honestly said that if Governor Palin had a speech writer with her at all times, she might succeed as leadership quality. Her problem is her lack of conviction of her statements and alone she uses one-liners to get laughs without remembering these did not agree with her book or her previous statements. She is spontaneously stupid. But with training the voters probably would not notice.
I listened to President Obama this morning when he received his Nobel Peace Prize. His speech was brilliant and his delivery was flawless. But to me he represented the same hypocrisy that all our Presidents show when they speak in public.
Remembering these speeches from FDR all the way down including this one this morning and with my black cat on my lap, I shrugged like an old fat Atlas.
My problem is my complete lack of faith in anything; especially the federal government. I sometimes feel that this White House, Congress and Supreme Court were all designed by Cecil B. DeMille, with great actors portraying the parts cast for prominence and awards. When the lights go down and the cameras go off, the actors will return to their day jobs.
These day jobs have no interest in right versus wrong and there no allegiance to any part of the Constitution. They spend their time trying to keep from making a single decision knowing the majority of their voters will never discuss politics or religion.
America is spiritually dead and until we start some kind of movement for honesty, truth and integrity in our elections we will fade out to black.