Politicians Aren’t Smart Enough to Run Your Life

 

Opening the 117th Congress today, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended the opening prayer with the traditional “Amen” and then, so as to be inclusive added the nonsensical word “Awomen” as if “Amen” is somehow a gendered term. While my etymology is rusty, “Amen” comes from Hebrew, and passed through Greek and Latin before English usage and it means “so be it” or “as it is.” It has nothing to do with male or female, and “awomen” is a made-up word meant to placate the unthinking woke among us.

It is one such example, and there are countless more, of how utterly foolish and incompetent politicians are. The year 2020, henceforth “The Year That Shall Not Be Named”, was rife with examples of why we need to stop believing politicians are in any way suited to tell us how to run our lives. Here are just a few, both from this infant year and The Year That Shall Not Be Named”:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo details his vaccine executive order

We’re now in the 10th month of “15 days to flatten the curve” and there’s no end in sight to the draconian, ineffective lockdowns or the mask mandates that magically worked in the fall when they wouldn’t work in the spring of last year.

There has been a shift to deify politicians from people on both sides of the aisle. They are not gods, they are not superheroes, they are not the best and brightest this nation has to offer.  They will not save you; they will make your life demonstrably more difficult and, if given the chance, impoverished. They will lie to your face and, if caught, make phony apologies about their “poor judgment” before doing the same thing over and over again. They’ll continue to dine at the French Laundry with their well-heeled friends while you wait anxiously for a $600 check that has to cover ten-plus months of lockdown-induced debt and back rent.

It’s time to stop pretending the men and women in Washington D.C. know how to run our lives better than we do. And it’s time to take that power back from them.

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  1. tigerlily Member
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    Speaking of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), it gets worse. He’s a United Methodist pastor according to Wikipedia. And, here’s a video of his foolish prayer ending.

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  2. Dave of Barsham Member
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    (edit: this was in response to the prayer)

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  3. kedavis Member
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    Why did Congress open on Sunday?  Don’t they take every possible paid day off?

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    They may not be smart enough to run our lives, but they are stupid enough to RUIN them, which is what they have been doing.

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  5. JoelB Member
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Speaking of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), it gets worse. He’s a United Methodist pastor according to Wikipedia. And, here’s a video of his foolish prayer ending.

    Peter Marshall would have been  dismayed.

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  6. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Why did Congress open on Sunday? Don’t they take every possible paid day off?

    Jan 3rd by rule.

    Amendment XX (1933)
    Section 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
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  7. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge
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    Amy Curtis: It’s time to stop pretending the men and women in Washington D.C. know how to run our lives better than we do. And it’s time to take that power back from them.

    Ronald Reagan recycled it as: “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

    It is the thinking they know more that is dangerous.  That plus they are in power.

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  8. MarciN Member
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    JoelB (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Speaking of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), it gets worse. He’s a United Methodist pastor according to Wikipedia. And, here’s a video of his foolish prayer ending.

    Peter Marshall would have been dismayed.

    A Man Called Peter is one of my all-time-favorite movies. Marshall’s sermons would be pertinent today. 

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  9. Stina Member
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    There’s a lot of fun being had in the comments… err… comwoments.

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  10. Shauna Hunt Coolidge
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    JoelB (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Speaking of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), it gets worse. He’s a United Methodist pastor according to Wikipedia. And, here’s a video of his foolish prayer ending.

    Peter Marshall would have been dismayed.

    A Man Called Peter is one of my all-time-favorite movies. Marshall’s sermons would be pertinent today.

    One of the best books ever written!

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  11. Miffed White Male Member
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     Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended the opening prayer with the traditional “Amen” and then, so as to be inclusive added the nonsensical word “Awomen” as if “Amen” is somehow a gendered term.

     

    It’s very early, but this has to be (at least I dearly hope it is) one of the dumbest things I’ll read all year.

     

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  12. Vance Richards Member
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    Just a quick comment and comwoment: I feel it is important to mention and womention that this type of thinking could make speaking English a bit more complicated than it already is.

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  13. Stad Coolidge
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    I’m not surprised at a woke prayer ending.  How was the prayer itself?  Just as stupid?

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  14. OldPhil Coolidge
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    Stina (View Comment):

    There’s a lot of fun being had in the comments… err… comwoments.

    We obviously need a Constitutional awomendment to correct the horrible language discrimination that’s been happening for far too long.

     

    Edit: I just realize I made a huge mansplaining mistake. The correct word should be “awomendwoment.”

    Forgive me.

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  15. Miffed White Male Member
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    There’s a lot of fun being had in the comments… err… comwoments.

    We obviously need a Constitutional awomendment to correct the horrible language discrimination that’s been happening for far too long.

    There was a local politician in Madison WI back in the late 80s/early 90s.  She was a lesbian feminist whos last name was Nelson.  She changed it to Neldaughter.

     

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  16. Vance Richards Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    JoelB (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Speaking of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), it gets worse. He’s a United Methodist pastor according to Wikipedia. And, here’s a video of his foolish prayer ending.

    Peter Marshall would have been dismayed.

    A Man Called Peter is one of my all-time-favorite movies. Marshall’s sermons would be pertinent today.

    Definitely relevant for today . . .

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  17. kedavis Member
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    “Women” still has “men” in it.  Obviously they need their own word!

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  18. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    I realize that the OP may just be about venting some frustration.  That’s fine.

    I’m going to evaluate it seriously, though, because it seems to be making a case for conservative anarchism, if such a thing could exist.

    The argument seems to be full of non-sequiturs:

    • Some politicians say or do stupid things
    • Therefore, all politicians are “utterly foolish and incompetent”
    • Therefore, we should have no laws

    Well, maybe the OP doesn’t mean that last part.  But what else does it mean to say that politicians don’t “know how to run our lives better than we do” and that we should “take that power back from them”?

    I certainly agree that some politicians say or do stupid things, sometimes.  This is probably true for all politicians.  They are people, and we all seem to say or do stupid things occasionally.

    This does not even prove that a particular politician, who may have said or done a stupid thing, is “utterly foolish and incompetent.”  Some of them probably are.  Many of them, I would think, are somewhat foolish and incompetent, but not utterly so.  Some of them are probably quite smart and competent, but imperfect.

    What is the alternative?  No laws?  Well, that’s basically the whole “defund the police” thing, isn’t it?

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  19. Miffed White Male Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    The argument seems to be full of non-sequiturs:

    • Some politicians say or do stupid things
    • Therefore, all politicians are “utterly foolish and incompetent”
    • Therefore, we should have no laws

    Ah yes, the ever popular “If you don’t want taxes raised, you obviously want the country to look like Somalia” argument.

    “Politicians are stupid” <> “We should have no laws”.

     

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  20. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio&hellip; (View Comment):

    The argument seems to be full of non-sequiturs:

    • Some politicians say or do stupid things
    • Therefore, all politicians are “utterly foolish and incompetent”
    • Therefore, we should have no laws

    Ah yes, the ever popular “If you don’t want taxes raised, you obviously want the country to look like Somalia” argument.

    “Politicians are stupid” <> “We should have no laws”.

     

    In many places there are already effectively no laws. 

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  21. kedavis Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio&hellip; (View Comment):

    The argument seems to be full of non-sequiturs:

    • Some politicians say or do stupid things
    • Therefore, all politicians are “utterly foolish and incompetent”
    • Therefore, we should have no laws

    Ah yes, the ever popular “If you don’t want taxes raised, you obviously want the country to look like Somalia” argument.

    “Politicians are stupid” <> “We should have no laws”.

     

    In many places there are already effectively no laws.

    Or even opposite-laws:  defenders are prosecuted, attackers aren’t.

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  22. Henry Racette Contributor
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    I’d like to point out that Rep. Cleaver’s name, Emanuel, is altogether as in need of sexual diversity enhancement as is the word “Amen.” So I suggest we begin calling him Rep. Emanorwomanuel Cleaver — though I’ll admit that “pandering idiot” is shorter.

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  23. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Rep, or Rev Emanuel Cleaver as a United Methodist minister should know there is nothing united about the Methodist Church. * = not a part of the World Methodist Council

    African Methodist Episcopal Church
    African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
    Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Wesleyan Methodist Church)*
    Association of Independent Methodists*
    Bethel Methodist Church*
    Bible Methodist Connection of Churches*
    Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
    Church of the Nazarene
    Congregational Methodist Church*
    Evangelical Methodist Church of America*
    Evangelical Methodist Church*
    Evangelical Wesleyan Church*
    First Congregational Methodist Church*
    Free Methodist Church, The – North America
    Free Methodist Church in Canada
    Fundamental Methodist Conference*
    Methodist Church of Mexico
    Methodist Protestant Church*
    National Association of Wesleyan Evangelicals*
    Primitive Methodist Church*
    Southern Congregational Methodist Church*
    Southern Methodist Church*
    United Church of Canada
    United Methodist Church, United States
    Wesleyan Church

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  24. MiMac Thatcher
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    He was channeling his inner Norm Crosby 

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  25. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
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    As someone who ends up interacting with far too many 20 and 30 somethings in a large metropolitan area, the thinking is far more simplistic:

    Democrats are good. Democrats are smart. Democrats want to help people.

    Republicans are bad. Republicans are stupid. Republicans want to hurt people.

    Therefore, if I’m a Democrat, I’m all of those things too.

    Politicians may not be our best and brightest, but trust me when I say, Democrats think they’re our best and brightest.

    I’ll just note Gretchen Whitmer has a religious candle with Stacey Abrams on her feed today.

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