The Other Four-Letter Word
The other four-letter word? Spin!
You know what Spin is. You relate facts in such a manner to make yourself look good.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll readily admit that Spin is the technique that keeps me wondering just exactly what is going on in this state of confusion surrounding us today.
Give some guy or gal ten, twenty, or more years in an elected office, and they automatically put a spin on everything that rolls off their lips. Those snake-oil-smooth guys could make the sinking of the Titanic appear the fault of the current sunspots bombarding us or the result of George Bush driving a tractor on his Crawford, Texas ranch.
Take a look at what happened a couple weeks back when the Labor Department made its July report.
A caveat here. You and I both know the economy isn’t leaping forward.(a common spin) “Slogging ahead like a slug with a broken leg” would be a better description.
But, take a look at the spin the government puts on job creation.
“Unemployment holds steady at 9.6 percent!”
What they do not say is that an additional 5.9 percent have given up looking for jobs. Isn’t that group still part of the unemployed? Washington obviously doesn’t want us to think so.
The reality? 16.5 percent unemployment and holding steady.
Why give only partial figures? Naturally, to look good.
This same report states a loss of 131,000 jobs and the creations of 73,000 during July. In his speech, the president only mentioned the 73,000. He ignores the 131,000 jobs lost. Major spin.
As I see Labor’s report, there was a total job loss in July of 58,000 jobs. Why can’t they explain it like that?
This is the kind of biased spin put on information spouted by politicians kissing up to their constituents for re-election.
And that is the reason so many fail to tell the entire truth. Re-election!
But what if that reason were removed? What if they knew their time in Washington was “but fleeting?”
Thomas Jefferson urged a limit on tenure to be included in the Constitution, “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office.” The article also stated “no person shall be capable of being a delegate(to the continental congress) for more than three years in any term of six years.”
Richard Henry Lee said that the absence of legal limits to tenure along with other features of the Constitution as “most highly and dangerously oligarchic,” a structure in which power rests with a small segment of society. . .royalty, wealth, family ties, or, heaven forbid, career politicians.
George Mason stated “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republic,” our type of government, “as a periodic rotation.”
Unfortunately, in the final ratification, the measure was not included in the Constitution. I don’t know who kept it out, but I have a feeling that if you did a genealogy tree on those long termers up in the Magic City, you’d probably find some of their ancestors played an instrumental part in deleting the recommendation.
Don’t think so?
Take a look at what’s happening now up in that over-the-rainbow World of Oz they call Washington DC. A couple long term politicians are under the gun, accused of ethics violations.
They are not by themselves. You don’t have enough fingers and toes to count all the politicians guilty of such a violation, and invariably, they had one thing in common, multiple terms.
Will term limits ever come about?
I doubt it.
Too many up there covet the largesse passed out by the oligarchic class that wields the power today.
But it is a darn good idea.