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You know what bugs me? People who make fun of politicians. For that matter, people who get down on lawyers, too, but let me say my piece about politicians. Particularly high-ranking politicians. George W. Bush? How about running against that wildcat, Ann Richards, and coalescing the disparate elements of Texas politics? He is dumb, say the dumbbells of the radio and thereabouts. Hey, you know what, I do not know one single person who graduated from Yale, has an MBA from Harvard, and learned how to fly jet aircraft, who is dumb!

Society is filled with naysayers and nitpickers, from Don Imus on up (or down) who could no more handle the demands of politics than they could split an atom. Politicians are more educated, more honest, more hard-working and care more about this country than 99 percent of the apathetic populace, who know only to turn these guys into cartoon characters instead of taking the time to learn the issues. The system corrupts them, yes, but the people who complain about it do nothing to change it. If they switched places with these guys they would be far more corrupt. Most politicians started off as idealists. Just a reminder, but George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill were politicians. All of them received their fair share of criticism in their time.

As for lawyers, I say go to law school, pass the bar and practice law if you want to get down on these guys (and gals). Criticism of lawyers is more valid than that of pols, but most of the people who do the criticizing are the ne'e'r'do'wells who are too stupid to understand the legal system. Overall, I think stupid people are the ones who should be criticized. Find them and expose them I say! 


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Dumb or Smart?

I agree with you that George Bush and any other politician who makes it very far up the ladder (even locally) has to be smart.  Like all of us, they may do dumb things, but they do not need to be laughed at and mocked.  (I used to get so disgusted when people laughted at Gerald Ford because he stumbled or Dan Quail because he mispelled a word.  I just figured those critics needed to laugh at someone to make themselves feel better.) If we expect citizens to take the abuse that they know going into politics will bring, we need to respect them and appreciate their hard work even though we need to think critically about the issues and speak up if we know  they are wrong. The issues should be more important than a misspelled word.  (That does not mean I would vote for these people but my reasons would have to be stronger than a misspelled word or a foot stumbling.)  I had never heard of Sarah Palin until she was nominated for vice president, and I listened with an open mind when she spoke at the Republican Convention. However, before the speech was over,  I knew I could never vote for her because she was mocking in her attitude towards inner-city community workers.  We need to support one another and be careful about heaping crititcism on people instead of upon ideas.

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I agree with you that the  ad hominem "cheap shots" quite prevalent in our political discourse these days usually come from minds too lazy for or incapable of analyzing ideas.  I recall an applicable old saying about great minds focusing on ideas, average minds on things, and small minds on people (gossip). 

My main complaint about politicians in a representative democracy is  their eagerness to please and pander to their constituents' popular desires and prejudices, confirming what Yeats wrote:  "The ceremony of innocence is drowned/The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity." We thus become "ripe fruit" for demagogues. [Current events alarm bell:  In the wake of the economic chaos in Greece, neo-nazis captured something like 14% of the vote in the last election.]