All around us, it seems that political careers of major movers and shakers are cratering. Boom! Flatter than a pancake.
They are in both old parties – with various political philosophies.
But I think we can learn a lot from their trials and tribulations. Even if we don’t gloat over their falls.
Most recently, we welcome Senator Ted Cruz to the stage. Or maybe we are just hoisting him up like a piñata. He did it to himself. Fun as it might be to escape a nasty winter storm and power outage by going to a nice warm tropical resort – even if was previously scheduled? Stupid, stupid, stupid. For a politician, a public figure, and someone with the enemies Mr. Cruz has. (Doesn’t mean his political enemies and the twitter-goons aren’t over-reacting. But what do we expect?)
Then we have those two “anchor” State governors, darlings of the “left” and social justice warriors everywhere.
Oh, but that is so yesterday! Now governor-emperors Cuomo and Newsom are suddenly targets for their failures in handling the Lockdown. After months and months of fawning over them for keeping society from collapsing in the Pandemic? All of a sudden, much of the media and those who formerly supported their totalitarian actions are turning around and biting them.
In California, signatures on a recall petition are flooding in. Don’t hold your breath, of course. Newsom is a canny politician and knows where the bodies are buried and what to do to rally his foot-shoulders. Even if he loses, you can be sure it won’t be a conservative that replaces him. But the question is, how many people will be dragged down with him?
In New York, either recall or impeachment is probably unlikely. But Cuomo may find himself isolated and without much hope of doing more. Clearly he hoped to, but the loss of confidence in him and his leadership weakens both him and his party.
There are others, But I’ll touch on just one.
The Republican Party in South Dakota is in turmoil, pro and con the current Attorney General, Jason Ravensborg. The AG now faces multiple misdemeanor charges related to an unfortunate traffic fatality a few months ago. At night, he hit a man walking along the side of the road, and claimed he didn’t realize whom he hit. The man died, and wasn’t found for hours. After months of investigation, and screams of pain and outrage, charges have finally been filed. So now, GOP voices now join Democrat voices who have demanded his resignation the entire time. Other GOP legislators are now calling for his impeachment. It is a trauma for the State: a few years back, a serving (GOP) congressman and former governor and AG also killed a man in a traffic accident. That ended his career, and even if not convicted or impeached, Ravensborg’s career is probably toast.
I am sure that there are hundreds of other examples.
But the point I want to make is this. PEOPLE ARE HUMAN. THEY DO STUPID THINGS. THEY MAKE MISTAKES. WE ARE NOT PERFECT.
And imperfect people make lousy dictators, emperors, kings, and yes, governors and presidents. Very lousy. Because they don’t stop making mistakes and doing stupid things just because an election anointed them. Or because they got appointed to something.
Which is why they – and NONE OF US – can be entrusted with the power which we are foolish enough to give to them. ANY power. But especially not the power we give totalitarian, authoritarian governors and senators and presidents in this year of our Lord 2021. We should know better, but we keep doing it.
Isn’t it time we DID learn some lessons from these so-called elites?
I’m a self-governor. And I don’t do that all so well. Neither does anyone else. And when it comes to governing someone else? Please, don’t be stupid.