A case of Deja moo
by Rick Watson
Mar 18, 2012 | 1370 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Deja vu — Most people are familiar with this French term which is the illusion of having experienced something that’s actually being experienced for the first time.

A term you may not be familiar with is deja moo — it’s the feeling that you’ve heard this bull malarky before. Now that it’s election season, I’m experiencing a great deal of deja moo.

Politics is one of the least interesting topics on the planet to me. I’d rather hear about my great uncle’s colonoscopy than to listen to a politician talk about: “family values”, “moral compass,” “left wing,” “right wing,” _________ fill in the blank.

Politicians tend to focus on what divides us instead of what it will take to bring us together.

Frankly, I’m afraid as a country, we’re rapidly approaching the point of no return. If we can field a slate of politicians who can focus on real issues that affect ALL Americans, instead of the top 10 percent who fund the agenda, we might just have a chance.

One popular technique utilized during elections is using “wedge issues.” These are issues that get people fired up, and headed out to the polls, but in reality, solve nothing.

Every time I’m around a politician who spends more time talking about how big a Christian he is, than he does explaining his political views, I want to scream.

I have a feeling that if Jesus were here today, he’d place a restraining order against most of them. I think God pays more attention to what they do than what they say. My prayer is that voting Americans will start doing that too.

In my view, we need new ideas. If Steve Jobs of Apple were still alive, I’d nominate him for president. He was a genius. When looking at ordinary things, he could make associations which enabled him to solve complex problems.

I have a feeling Steve could’ve put together a group of smart, creative people to help solve some of the difficult problems that we face today.

I just finished listening to Jobs’ authorized biography, and he had a lot of flaws, but he didn’t hide them. He felt passionately about education and training Americans for the jobs of the future.

Before Jobs passed away in 2011, he met with President Obama, and outlined a plan to train engineers. Jobs told the president that Apple could bring 30 thousand jobs home from China and the Pacific Rim if America had qualified engineers.

It’s a mystery why we aren’t doing everything in our power to put Americans back to work.

A survey company called me recently asking what five issues were most important to me during this election year. This is what I told them:

Education

Jobs

Healthcare

The environment

And of course, world peace.

I have a good friend, and we are polar opposites when it comes to politics. She says I’m a dreamer, and perhaps she’s right, but if someone doesn’t dream about it, how can it ever come true? It’s better than deja moo.