The Problem with Politics

It would seem that there are thousands of people out there who have absolutely nothing better to do with their time than scouring news coverage for new ammunition against their political opponents.

The most recent example of this is the fallout over President Bush’s comments at the 60th annual dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association. Narrating a slide show that poked fun at members of his administration, including himself, Bush came to three slides that showed himself looking under furniture in the Oval Office. For the first, his spoken caption was, “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere.” For the second, he said,”No, no weapons over there,” and for the third, he joked, “Maybe under here?”

The crowd, a group of journalists who are used to having the President poke fun in this way (as has been done through many administrations), laughed uproariously at the situation. No one, at least at the time, in the “liberal media” everyone is so fond of blasting found anything inappropriate in Bush’s remarks.

The next day, John Kerry wasn’t as amused. “If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he’s even more out of touch than we thought.” Continuing with his blasting of the president, “Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke.” Kerry also quoted Iraq war veteran Brad Owens, who said: “War is the single most serious event that a president or government can carry its people into. This cheapens the sacrifice that American soldiers and their families are dealing with every single day.”

Like clockwork, it was a matter of a few hours before the story started spreading like wildfire across the Blog world…where liberals denounced the President’s humor.

Let’s be serious for a moment, shall we?

Let us suppose that Kerry was at a political rally showing the same picture and made the same comment. What do you suppose the reaction would be? Would all of the Bush bashers who have jumped on this little story not have roared with laughter and applause?

Let us suppose that the situation were completely reversed: a Democratic president was in the Oval Office now and made the exact same joke. Would those same Kerry supporters not have shrugged off the comments as being taken out of the context of an evening designed to parody the current president? And would conservatives not have bent over backwards to spread the word about their political opponent’s “inappropriate behavior?”

Don’t you get tired of all the political mudslinging? Don’t you get tired of all of the spin? When you read such commentaries, aren’t you aware of the fact that you’re reading propaganda, not fact? Do you get annoyed with the fact that you’re not serving voters or the democratic process as much as acting as a slave to the pundit machinery? When you question those who are so full of criticism about their opponent, but those same people won’t answer your questions, doesn’t it concern you?

Don’t you get tired of it all? I know I do.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.