Over the last few weeks I have received numerous requests for my
evaluations, opinions and reactions to the Florida Fiasco. I actually
have not written anything, because every time I sit down to do so, I
become nauseated. Besides, there are so many words being thrown around
so loudly that I feel like speaking in such an environment is about as
useless as trying to carry on serious conversation while attending a
football game between the University of Florida and Florida State
University. (Bumper sticker: "Florida: We Don't Just Cheat at
To begin with, the debacle has brought out, in stark relief, the
differences between those who are interested in justice and those who
are interested in fairness: the rule of law v. the rule of
nice. Consequently, it appears to me that the nation is further
down the road toward anarchy and the rule of the mob than some had
thought. I mean, who gives two cents for law and justice? We demand nice
(read: "our way") and, if we do not get it, we will take to the streets.
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I have also been thinking long and hard on Bush's contention (during
primaries) that the courts needed to be filled with judges who interpret
law, not make it up. Has his concern proven accurate or what?
However, given where most of these potential judges were formally
educated (state schools) how many judges are available that will refuse
to be legislators?
And has it amazed anyone else out there at how irrelevant logic has
become? The Will to Power is so all-encompassing that facts, truth and
logic are tools to use or discard as they support the chief end of
winning. Listening to people -- lawyers, journalists,
the-man-on-the-street interviews, fools like Jesse Jackson -- you can't
help but wonder if they are Machiavellians who are knowingly saying that
"A" is "B," or are they actually that ignorant and irrational? (Bumper
sticker: "Palm Beach County: We Put the "Duh" in Flori-duh.")
I also think that the real Al Gore has now been fully introduced to
the world -- and he is as depraved as Clinton is. On a visceral level I
fear he is worse than Clinton is. I mean, at least President Billy Bob
had somewhat of a pragmatic streak in his political psyche. Al the Whore
is willing to sell out the nation, the courts and his own party to get
his way. Then again, Clinton did the same during his impeachment, so I
guess they are identical twins in this regard. And yet ... and yet,
somehow Gore strikes me as more dangerous, more brutal and having far
less humanity than Clinton. Just my opinion, but that's what I get paid
the big bucks for.
I know this is a generalization, but the news media has been exposed
as not only being biased for Gore and the Democratic Party (we already
knew this) but now as being corrupt. This is so obvious that one doesn't
even need to come up with examples to prove the argument! Almost
everyone you say this to simply nods his head in agreement. I will say
that I have been impressed with how Fox News gives both sides of the
conflict equal time. Evidently I am not the only one who has noticed
this, because their ratings are up something like 300 percent. I do
think (hope springs eternal) that the long-term effect of this can be
good in regard to the news media. Let me put it this way: O'Reilly is
beating Larry King. Where would you want to advertise and to whom would
you pay the most for your advertising minute? And, if you were the
competition, how would you respond to this? One compliment I can pay the
liberal media is that they have pretty much refused to give any on-air
time to that fool, Jesse Jackson.
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Something else that has amazed me this last month is how many poor,
ineffective communicators there are -- on both sides of the
divide. I have opened a business that offers to teach people public
speaking skills. Watch the news tonight and you will see the following:
incongruency between the spoken word and the demeanor of the speaker,
failure to attain rapport while blabbering on and on, lack of skill in
reframing the argument in one's favor, presumption that one's listeners
are using identical definitions for the words being spoken, ignorance as
to the subject being discussed, no understanding as to how to speak to a
camera, yada, yada and yada. You think I am kidding about the business?
It is called
Minding Success and specializes in training people to master the art of persuasion and public speaking skills.
I am headed to Florida to pass out business cards.
Monte E. Wilson III is a professional writer and speaker.