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It's the Economy . . .

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There Can be no High Civility Without a Deep Morality 

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

Politics is not a gentleman's game and if you want to play, you've got to have thick skin. However, when you call a sitting president "stupid" you've crossed the line. Such was the case in 1992 when a campaign strategist by the name of James Carville coined the phrase "The economy, stupid." That remark quickly evolved into the rallying cry of "It's the economy, stupid." It became the 1992 campaign mantra for then presidential candidate Bill Clinton when he ran against President George H. W. Bush. 

Republican
Although the economy was the major issue in 1992, as it is today, it was beyond disrespectful and downright despicable for a presidential candidate to refer to the President of the United States as “stupid." 

It was also extremely disrespectful when certain media outlets and news reporters referred to George W. Bush as stupid. 

Déjà vu 

A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans today are just as concerned about the economy as they were in 1992. At that time 48% of Americans were worried about not being able to pay their medical bills, compare that to 43% who feel the same way today. In 1992, 36% of Americans worried that their spouse or significant other would lose their job within the next 12 months, and today, 34% worry about the same issue. 

One thing Americans are more concerned about today than they were in 1992 is maintaining a standard of living. In 1992 48% of Americans were worried that they would not be able to maintain their standard of living, today 51% have that same concern. 

It's Still the Economy, Mr. President 

Democrat
In June of 1992, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8% and thus presidential candidate Clinton used those numbers to bolster his flippant chant of "It's the economy, stupid." As of Friday, June 1, 2012, the unemployment rate was at 8.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, would anyone use Clinton’s mantra today? I hope not! 

The numbers don't lie, the US economy is a major issue in this election, but will the battle between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney turn into a "free-for-all" and an "anything goes race?" (Some believe it already has.)  

 

 

Is Civility Dead 

Politics is a "dirty game" but just how dirty depends on the participants. Many politicians on both sides of the aisle have forgotten the meaning of the word civility. Name-calling, false allegations, and plain old "mudslinging" are par for the course. Unfortunately, for some folks (and media outlets), that's just how they like their politics! 

Political disagreements will always be passionately debated but do these debates have to include vile and disrespectful speech? Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "There can be no high civility without a deep morality." It's the economy, that's all.  

For additional information on other topics take a look at the following:

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Chris Christie: "I Won't Compromise My Principles for Politics"

 

 

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book
The Wizard of Oz ~ A Political Statement?

 

 

Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman
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Comments

Jun 22, 2012 2:48pm
davwrite
Politics worldwide is a "dirty" game. If politicians spent more time focussing on the issues rather than launching mindless attacks on each other, we might just make some progress. Nice article.
Jun 22, 2012 4:06pm
Introspective
I agree wholeheartedly, Mr. D! Thank you so much for the comment.
Jun 22, 2012 7:45pm
puckhead
It amazes me how politicians, media outlets, and everyday people treat each other over politics. We would get a lot more done if people stopped worrying about themselves and their "political" career and instead worried about the country.
Jun 23, 2012 11:05am
Introspective
Thank you puckhead, I agree!
Jun 24, 2012 3:22am
adragast
Interesting use of images.
Jun 24, 2012 6:36pm
Introspective
Thanks.
Jul 14, 2012 2:11pm
atthed
Thanks.

The one political institution that is really civil but partially unelected and viewed by many as a relic of the past is the British House of Lords.

It's members are generally very effective as a second chamber and a check and balance and very polite to one another,

The Government is trying to do away with the polite Lords at the moment, but that is another story...
Jul 17, 2012 10:39am
Introspective
Very interesting! Thanks so much for the comment atthed!!
Jul 18, 2012 5:12am
anointedtoday
I agree politics can be a dirty game. Some have even said politicians are liars.
Jul 18, 2012 8:51am
Introspective
If we all got a tax refund of one dollar every time a politician lied, we'd all be rich! Thanks so much for the comment, I appreciate it!!
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