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What would George do?

Posted: August 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In the beginning, America was led by great men of vision who served their newly formed country with a hard-fought passion for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They viewed public service as exactly that - service for the public good, not their own gain.

Elections have become a popularity contest and the winner can be the one with a cool logo or slogan but no substance, experience and with much personal arrogance and self-entitlement.

Choices between political candidates are limited to which of two blood-sucking weasels will do the lesser harm to the republic, ergo ourselves.

Don't look to either of the leading political parties to present candidates of vision or service beyond that of preservation of stale ideologies or self-enrichment.

Candidates don't focus on what they plan to do to make this a better country or state; rather, they tell us about how messed up their opponent is. It's like watching a whiny reality or gossip show.

We know more about Lindsay Lohan's addictions and personal schedule than we do about Jerry Brown's plans.

I had high hopes for Brown, as he is at the right age to be a statesman who would be willing to bridge the chasm that exists between parties in the Legislature.

My hopes were dashed by the usual sewage spewed by his union supporters against Meg Whitman and Brown's own inability to tell us what he really plans to do if he is elected.

Whitman is running for personal gratification and quite possibly a role in vetoing an Internet sales tax (whose time has come).

But she does present a plan, though her ads head to the sewer with her reminders of Brown's Jell-O-like past.

This leaves us questioning, "What would George Washington do?"


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