Sunday, January 7, 2007


Not everyone will agree with what I say, nor the way in which I say it. However, those who know me know that I always act with professionalism and courtesy.

I have things I want to say, and I want to begin a conversation about them through the medium of this blog. And I want to do that actively rather than passively - which is the way I do most of the things in my life!

However, I am new to this discipline of blogging. I am not an idiot, but I do not know all the ways of the blogosphere. So help me.

Write to me privately or openly, and share with me the best way to continue this conversation in a fashion that is widely inclusive, but which does not breach web etiquette and offend other bloggers.

I know I may already have upset one or two of you with the manner in which I announced my arrival. And for that I apologize. With your help, I will get better.

For those of you for whom that is not enough...sorry, I ain't going away!


Robert D Feinman said...

I suppose it is impossible to change the rules of the game at this point, but it might be worth a try. The game is for a candidate to present himself as a "regular guy". So we get stupid photo-ops of wielding a shovel or serving turkey to soldiers (or the homeless). We know Edwards isn't going to build houses, nor is Bush going to work in a kitchen, so how about we skip the false PR?

Would you feel better about going to a brain surgeon if you saw him in a soup kitchen the day before your operation?

I say being an elected official is a profession like any other and what we what to hear is what the person's qualifications and/or ideas for the position are. Does this play in the era of sound bites and appeals to raw emotion? No, but perhaps a serious minded person could change the dynamic by making their opponents look superficial. Lincoln and Wilson wore top hats and commanded respect even when people didn't agree with their policies.

Let's get rid of the pretty boy movie stars and elect people with real qualifications. Blogs are a good place to deflate the PR bubbles that surround candidates. Let's give it a try.

'watch on the ninth' said...


Thank you for taking the time to contribute.

You know, the funny thing is we are mostly to blame.

We say we want 'real' people with 'real' qualifications to stand, and yet we are drawn to the pretty people.

We don't spend half as much time as we should reading the New York Times, when we know that The People is going to be a lot more fun.

We live in a time of ADD and 500 channels to surf on the television. We want instant gratification of our desires, not a lengthy lecture.

So the Candidates aren't all to blame.

I truly hope that beneath the surface, John is the champion of the poor he holds himself out to be.

In a strange way, I think I'm doing him a favor. I'm helping to show the floss for what it is, so that he can reveal the 'real' person underneath - if he's there!

We'll see. Stay tuned!

Robert D Feinman said...

The TV saturated world we live in doesn't allow for much in the way of discussion of ideas. Notice that the press always concentrates on the superficial aspects of the candidates such as demeanor or gaffs. Expecting people to extract real meaning in such an atmosphere is unrealistic.

I don't have a solution, but I'd just like to point out how second rate most of our elected officials have been since the end of WWII. Once we had TV things changed.

'watch on the ninth' said...

We have had the same problem in England. But a lot of it has to do with the process of picking politicians.

We say we want 'real' people to represent us; people with flair and ideas and gumption.

Yet we also know in our hearts that with great character often goes great flaws - and we are the first to jump on those same politicians when they show the slightest wayward nature.

I know for a fact that many, many individuals of wonderful talent, who would have had much to offer society, refused to enter politics because they were not prepared to have their lives minutely examined.

The answer: if you want something other than a gray, boring figurehead, or a cardboard-cutout pretty boy, then be prepared to allow some latitude in character - be prepared to accept 'real' people representing us.

("Baritone") Barack Obama - a case in point...and I'll be having a little fun with him later on, too. So don't feel too put upon, John.

Maybe, after a little poking from me, we'll get to see the 'real" John Edwards, also.

And in that regard, stay tuned for the next post of mine about an open invitation to John for Friday, January 12...