Wednesday, September 24, 2008

... and what are you blogging about?

Eleanor Roosevelt was very wise. One of Roosevelt's most famous and oft repeated quotes is especially true today.

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."

There are several great and serious issues we face today. The economy is literally moments away from collapse. Iran is perhaps six months away from having a nuclear bomb and significant means to deliver that bomb to Israel and perhaps Europe. Our health care system is on the verge of implosion.

Joe Biden's misstatements or Sarah Palin's spat with a neighbor years ago are not serious issues. This is just gossip. Gossip worthy of Entertainment Tonight, hardly worth discussing in a Presidential Election.

We are preoccupied with gotcha questions. Katie Couric "got" to Joe Biden yesterday
. He looked silly and out of touch. But, after failing to press Biden on the serious questions or dealing with the life and death issues we face today, the press complained they couldn't get access to Sarah Palin. What a surprise.

Elections have often deteriorated this way. That doesn't make it any less tragic.

As we post blogs each day, please try to remember the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt.


Vigilante said...
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Vigilante said...

You must not have remembered Eleanor's wisdom when you jumped over the cliff with Mike Gravel on Monday?

I find this to be a very hypocritical post on your part McWizard. You are the biggest GOTCHA blogger I read regularly: every other day it's gossip all about who said what about whom and what you think of it.

Bob Keller said...

My guess vigilante is that you're missing the point. The point of the Gravel post is EXACTLY the same as my point here. I'm damned sick and tired of "folks" demonizing their opponents rather than dealing with the issues.

But the vast majority of my last few posts deal directly with the issues: Health Care, the Housing and Lending Crisis, and the failure of Congress to pass any kind of Energy Bill (again).

Yes, I strongly condemned Nancy Pelosi for her failure to pass a meaningful energy bill when she easily could have done so. But I have never, ever critized her for any nonsense, non-issue like hair stlye or traffic tickets. I've never pointed out her misstatements and then claimed she was unfit to serve. I ciritcized her specifically on her job performance.

Sorry you cannot see the difference.