13 September 2011

Maybe It’s Time For A ‘C Student’ For President.

I can really relate to this! All of this (and more... except the editorial cartoons... I ALWAYS gotta add the cartoons!) is from godfatherpolitics.com. Even the headline! (Hey... if it don't need fixin, don't fix it.)
The Uber-Liberal Daily Kos website has published Texas governor Rick Perry’s college transcripts. ... Perry was no scholar at Texas A&M University. He was a C student. Liberals see this as a disqualification for a presidential candidate. At least we have the governor’s transcripts. The same can’t be said for the sitting president idiot in charge* whose college and law school transcripts have not been made public. 
A person’s grades are not always determinative of what he or she does in life. There are lots of C students who have gone on to do great things and lots of A students who have been miserable failures. Liberals are notorious for pushing how smart a candidate is. Barack Obama Obimbo* is said to be one of our smartest presidents. If he the idiot* is so smart, then why is he the idiot* spending money we don’t have? Why can’t he the idiot* fix the economy? It’s very easy to do. It wouldn’t take me more than 15 minutes to lay out a strategy, and I didn’t go to Harvard Law School. 
The best educational job I ever had was working in a hardware store. I learned how to cut glass, thread pipe, make concrete slabs, drive a dump truck, run a Bobcat, mix paint, and a thousand and one other things. One day a frustrated woman came into the store holding some mangled plumbing fixtures. Her scholar husband couldn’t hammer a nail, fix a plumbing leak, or do typical handyman repairs. I know a lot of really smart people who know little about economics, and what they think they know are the very things that are destroying our economy. 
This debate over college grades and governmental competency reminded me of David Halberstam’s 1972 book The Best and the Brightest. “The focus of the book is on the foreign policy crafted by the academics and intellectuals who were in John F. Kennedy’s administration, and the consequences of those policies in Vietnam.” The phrase “the best and the brightest” referred to President Kennedy’s “‘whiz kids’ -- leaders of industry and academia brought into the Kennedy administration -- whom Halberstam characterized as arrogantly insisting on ‘brilliant policies that defied common sense’ . . .” These so-called intellectuals got us into Vietnam, got more than 58,000 Americans and 1.5 million Vietnamese killed, and couldn’t get us (out)*. The iconic scene of people desperately trying to escape by helicopter is a fitting image of what the “best and the brightest” got us into. 
Perry got a D in economics. Good for him. It was most likely Keynesian Economics, one of the most boring and convoluted courses ever devised by academia. 
Given what academics from Harvard, Yale, and other Ivy Leaguers have done to our nation, I think a C student should have a shot at the presidency. All he has to do is follow directions. It’s all written out in the Constitution. There are some other basics. Stop sending our best and brightest young people to fight wars that never end. Stop spending money you don’t have. Don’t steal from some people so you can give it to other people so they will vote for you. Don’t try to create money out of nothing. It’s immoral and it doesn’t work. Who’s more right about Social Security, the media “intellectuals” or Gov. Perry who knows that it’s a Ponzi scheme and isn’t afraid to say so?
I am not endorsing Mr. Perry. Having said this, I will not sit back and let the Left set the agenda for what constitutes a good candidate. If you don’t like Perry, then deal with policy issues and not his grades from more than 20 years ago.
*There, I fixed it.  
   
Funny thing about it is, I have a friend that I went to junior high and high school with. After we graduated from high school, he joined the Navy, did his hitch, came back home and started a business -- and became a millionaire. He did it with a high school education.  
   
I have another friend that I went to junior high and high school with. After graduating from high school, he went to work on drilling rigs in the oil fields like I did. Tom (not his real name) was working for a major oil company and they saw some potential in him so they sent him to LSU (what they saw in me was a damn good roughneck and I showed up sober most of the time.) Anyway, he got his degree and was making GOOD money as a drilling superintendent and worked all over the world.  
   
One day, while Tom was back in our West Texas home town for a visit, he was approached by a down and out friend of ours. Jack (not his real name) was a really close friend to Tom but he didn’t get to graduate from high school with us. Jack had a wife and three kids and was out of work. Jack asked Tom for a job. Tom told him he wouldn’t give him a job but that he WOULD loan him several thousand dollars to start a business of his own. Jack reminded Tom that he didn’t even have a high school education, but Tom told him that it didn’t matter... that he knew a lot of people who had made it without that much education and he believed that Jack could, too.  
   
Long story, short -- Jack DID succeed. As a matter of fact, he became a millionaire -- a multi-millionaire (I know that doesn’t sound like much -- not when we’ve been conditioned to speak in TRILLIONS -- but it was a lot of money at that time.) In the process, Tom had made A LOT OF MONEY off the payback that he and Jack had agreed on at the beginning. Tom retired at age 35 from the major oil company, threw in with Jack and Jack MADE TOM a millionaire. Both of ‘em, at age 40, had memberships in country clubs in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Oklahoma so they could play golf wherever they were at the time.  
   
So, let’s repeat that -- “If you don’t like Perry, then deal with policy issues and not his grades from more than 20 years ago.”

3 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm, I don’t seem to remember an issue with Al Gore, reportedly, flunking out of law and divinity school(s). Yes, he did make it through Harvard but, un-like any other college/university that I know of, I’ve never heard of anyone flunking out of Harvard! I will welcome a real person from a real world university, like, for example, Ronald Reagan! Oh, yes and can you imagine B.O. trying to fly a C-130?

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  2. "...can you imagine B.O. trying to fly a C-130?"

    "She" has a hard enough time trying to ride "her" cute little girlie bike... and "she" looks so cute wearing "her" cute little girlie helmet.

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  3. “The acquisition of un-common knowledge inhibits the application of common sense”


    Lloyd Arnold, circa 1978

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