Talkin' 'bout Politics
I'm concerned when I listen to Johnny & Maryann Goodcitizen argue politics though. Sometimes I wonder if they have any idea what they're talking about. "Bush is a war criminal" is one I've listened to recently as well as is "B. Hussein Obama is a traitor Muslim". Both, of course, are incorrect. Bush and Obama each are fine Americans with deep convictions and held or hold the most powerful office in the universe. Each deserves our respect if not our agreement with what they do in the office of POTUS.
Political debate is healthy and it's as American as apple pie and baseball. But...should you be making an apple pie if you can't find your oven? Do you want a player on your team who doesn't know how many bases there are or the origin of the infield fly rule? Shouldn't a baker or a ball player know the difference between an apple and a hardball before they set about doing what they intend to do?
I believe the same is true of politics. If you don't know how our government works (particularly how the DVA works), how can you expect to make a good crust on that pie?
Take the following test. This is the honor system...nobody will ever know the result but you. Don't post it for God's sake, it isn't that kind of test. This isn't open book. If you don't know the answer without looking it up, you're wrong. No cheating now...
(1) How many Senators are there in America?
(2) How many branches of the federal government are there? Name them.
(3) How many judges sit on The Supreme Court?
(4) What is the line of succession to the presidency? Name the people of 1 through 5.
(5) How many presidential elections have you voted in since you became eligible?
(6) What are the first 3 words of the U.S. Constitution?
(7) What are the 3 administrative sections or business units of the DVA?
(8) How many federal executive departments are there? Who do they report to? Name 5.
There you are. Deep in your heart you now know whether or not you're pretty bright and on top of your game or if you're a failure at the politicking thing.
Those are pretty simple so the grading is strict. If you miss one of them, you pass. If you miss 2 or more, you lose and you have no business talking about the government. This excludes number 5 of course. If you haven't voted in all of them, you're a loser.
If you failed, if you're a loser, please take a moment to clean up after yourself and then get off my Interwebs. Oh, alright...you can still surf and lurk but you need to throw out your keyboard and never again make any comment about anyone's political direction.
You aren't qualified to offer your opinions. Leave that to those who know what they're talking about.