Sincerity is the key to success - Once you can fake it, you've got it made
We regularly bemoan the disarray in American foreign and domestic policy. jim so aptly said, "We are GOOF BALLS".
Recently, one Presidential contender made the following comment about the shooting tragedy in Aurora, CO:
"Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice."
One has to wonder how much interest a public figure has really put into a statement of sympathy when they misstate the number of fatalities they are commiserating over. Is the incident not really important enough to do better than just "close"? After all, even we folks in Europe knew the toll wasn't 15 at the time Mitt the Twit made his public statement.
And then there's the Palestinian gaffe, where Mr Romney sucked up to the Israelis by saying that Israel's GDP-per-capita income is $21,000 while Palestine's is a paltry $10,000. Forget the possible racist slur towards the Palestinians, the actual figures are more like $31,000 and $1,500 respectively. Here's a major figure, on the road to boost his foreign policy image, and he makes a statement, trying to sound authoritative, and is so inaccurate in the figures he tosses around that it defies, at least for me, comprehension.
What it leads me to wonder is if the people vying for the Presidency have such little respect for the electorate that they see no need to be reasonably accurate in their remarks. Here's a guy who is in the "courting stage", and his "best behavior" is effectively cavalier towards simple facts - from tragic loss of life to economics.
But, after all is said and done, a major segment of the American population really have no respect for accuracy. If it feels good, then call it the inerrant truth.
WASF because we are, indeed, GOOF BALLS.