Why we are in the shape were in….

If I Were President … (and thank gawd they aren’t)

The above are some of a “range” of Americans (12 in number) not employed in politics or the media who were asked what they’d do if they were president.

Naturally, only one or two verged into the oncoming lane of common sense or conservatism. Here are the high low lights of a sampling:  

  • Jennifer Eagan, author–I would focus entirely on achieving what I think most Americans want: a stable and productive economy; an environmentally viable planet; a humane, efficient government capable of educating its young and protecting its vulnerable members. Americans are less selfish than some of our politicians believe (projection may be a factor here!) and will respond with reason and resilience to passionate clarity.

Wow… terrific Jens, one  question. While you focused entirely on the planet’s environmentally problems, a stable economy, humane government and passionate clarity (it’s all for the children) what about the Muslim terrorists massing for an attack on your totally green White House?

  • Mike J. Sandel, Havard professor —Not long ago, the ballpark was a place where C.E.O.’s and mailroom clerks sat side by side, and everyone got wet when it rained. Today, most stadiums have corporate skyboxes, which closet the privileged in air-conditioned suites. I would invest in an infrastructure for civic renewal — not just roads and bridges, but schools, transit, playgrounds, parks, community centers, health clinics, libraries and national service. This would put people to work. And it would draw us out of our skyboxes and into the common spaces of democratic citizenship.     

Hey the guy’s a baseball fan…. he can go to a game for 40–50 bucks because a group of very wealthy people decided to gamble on getting a return on their hundreds of millions invested.  But he has no understanding of how capitalism works wand where the money comes from which allows him to work a few hours a month for 250K a year.

  • Patricia Ryan Madsonself-help author — I would invite Congress to join me in an improvisation retreat. We would spend the time practicing saying “yes” to each other and really listening to one another’s offers. We would create stories of well-being. We would encourage thinking “inside the box.” We would look for innovative ways to use the resources at hand to solve our problems. We would make some mistakes, and we would laugh a lot.

Hey… I’m laughing a lot right now.

  • Sister Mary David Walgenbach — Holy Wisdom Monastery of Middleton, Wis. I would invest half of our defense budget in children, young people and in energy conservation.I would expand the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps and give two years of free college for two years of service. I’d ask corporations to fund two years of college or a trade school for young women and men from homes stricken with poverty. I would fund energy-saving improvements — insulation of houses, solar panels and replacement of inefficient furnaces for households making less than $30,000 a year and develop a sliding scale for those earning more than $30,000 a year. I would help small businesses retrofit their buildings.  I would require members of Congress to participate in a weeklong workshop on dialogue, negotiation and compromise before the next session. All sessions would begin with 10 minutes of silence.

Bless you Sister… you just described what the charities and the Catholic Churches should be doing, not the federal government

  • Andrew Weil, MD, author of “Why Our Health Matters” — I’d tell the nation that I was powerless to control the war machine, Wall Street, big oil and the other interests that run the country, and I would urge Americans to form a new political party not beholden to them.

The NYT gives him the space to contribute, all he’s got are the few 1960s radical phrases he can still remember? Twenty-five years of education and he has learned nothing.

A very successful “wellness” hack and scam artist, the morbidly obese Weil is a ’60s retread hippy, drug user and advocate, who has made a fortune in “alternative medicine.”

He has made tens of millions basing all his treatments and “cures” on the well-known “placebo effect”— that a certain percentage of people will respond positively to nothing if they are told it helps.

This also explains democrats.

  • Sharon Olds, poet/author — I’d grant the very rich the boon of helping them help others, as a form of gratitude for their good fortune. I’d also connect every creative writing program with a hospital, a school, a library, a prison, a neighborhood center — workshops in the supermarkets! (“Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!”)

I think her comment stands for itself.

We have a choice here… one, that they actually believe in such vapid, empty, hope-n-change drivel, or they simply did not understand the question.

Regardless, we must not forget… 68 million of them voted on exactly such critical thinking last time.

About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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6 Responses to Why we are in the shape were in….

  1. You know what doctors call alternative medicine that works? “Medicine.”

  2. I knew you’d be the frst to comment.

    Hey since it’s one of your myriad hobbies and avocations, when you have some time, write up one of your Amazing Randi screeds/favorite scams that people fall for and I’ll post it here.

  3. It is key to realize before bashing these individuals’ comments is that they do not “labor in politics or the media.” They are philosophers, poets, and dreamers. They seem to believe (generally) in hope and change. Now, our country was founded on dreams, but it is certainly not what governs us – the laws do that. It is understandable if dreams do not exactly match perfectly with reality – they are, after all, dreams. Perhaps, gathering the ideals mentioned in all of these comments and summing them up together would create a better representation of what individuals from a particular population might expect/want from president. Our nation has certainly changed from our founding days. Our ideals must change too. This information, I assume, might be helpful in understanding the fluctuation president’s rating. Simply because these people do not represent your specific ideals does not give reason to completely discredit their opinions or concerns.

    The first sentence of this article asks: “What if we entered a pundit-free zone?” Injecting opinions into this article will not solve any problem (It seemed the purpose of entering a critic-free zone was to avoid such things. Yet, the article consists of opinions. Who knows why this contradiction happened…. LOL). We need solutions based on facts. The New York Times can be rather liberal at times. As you mentioned, the author did not interview an wide array individuals. But given the source, it is not surprising to find a limited amount of conservative opinions.

    Thank you showcasing the article. I too found it to be rather interesting.

    • Sarah,
      Thanks for a thoughtful response; sorry it’s taken me awhile to get to it.

      Re: “Simply because these people do not represent your specific ideals does not give reason to completely discredit their opinions or concerns.”
      Must disagree with this part…. the question posed was not what they hope or imagine within the context of their own loony philosophy… but– “ifyou were president what would you do?”

      That requires and honest aswer within the context asked… it was not an invitation to flashback on the Sixties…. stop all wars, end hunger, save the baby Harp Seals, blah, blah, blah.

      However such answers more than meet in the qualifications to become a democrat party candidate.

      I’ll check out your blog..

  4. Bob Mack says:

    Reading the responses of the NYT12 makes ya wonder 1) who pays these idiots and 2) does cannabis cause permanent brain damage?

  5. Irene Matthews says:

    We need to return to the job description for the presidency that’s found in The Constitution. It’s no wonder people come up with these crazy suggestions when the federal government has invaded every aspect of our society. No one person could possibly: run foreign policy, run defense, run education, run healthcare, run retirements, run the environment, run energy policies, run just about anything else you can think of. Ridiculous!

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