Our elections increasingly reflect a very important and unhealthy trend in the US: We know who or what we don’t like but we hardly stand positively for anything at all. In their political ads, our politicians tell us what’s wrong with the other candidate but resort to generalities when speaking of themselves.
Do we really need to hear that a candidate wants to create more jobs? Since every single one of them makes the same claim, it adds up to nothing. they tend to be amazingly inept when asked how they will fulfill their promises. And that in turn shows up when they are elected and prove that they truly are inept and clueless.
We need for our schools and our journalists to be educating us to ignore all the political ads. The millions and millions of dollars spent on political advertising are wasted. They may help a person get elected but they don’t do so by properly informing and educating the public.
I continue to believe that one of the greatest forces for evil in America is the advertising/marketing industry. The advertisers make it nearly impossible to buy products wisely or to choose leaders wisely.
America is in a weakened condition right now but it has nothing whatsoever to do with those nasty Democrats in the White House or those nasty Republicans in Congress. They are victims as much as are the rest of us. We are victims of our own ignorance and foolishness.
We have ceased to value wisdom or even believe it is possible to become wise. And so we are fools, fools by choice. I want to be angry at our politicians for taking such callous advantage of our foolishness but then I remind myself they too are fools. We d0n’t know what a leaer looks like and they don’t know what a leader does.
I would so like for the church to rise to the occasion and become a living example of wisdom. . .but apart from a miracle I don’t see that happening in the near future. Churches are marked by self-centeredness and intellectual sloth as much as any other part of our culture.