55 of 100 Clinton, Trump…Olympics??
Given the presidential elections we’ve endured over the years, I welcome the Olympics. First of all, my wife and I honeymooned in Rio. The shots of that beautiful city bring back some awesome memories. Leading up to the Olympics, the talk was about pollution and Zika, but no matter how hard you spin it, Rio is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Now let’s talk athletes. They compete with some very clear rules. You jump in the pool. Swim some lapse. Who got the best time? You play volleyball against the folks on the other side of the net. Who ever gets the most points wins. Even diving and gymnastics which are judged by people (who may be biased), you see the top performers get recognized. The athletes work hard to prepare for the Games. They dedicate themselves to getting results. The Olympics are where they go to showcase what they can do and barring an accident or unlucky circumstances, the best ones win. You can’t fake it here.
Compare this to these elections. I’m not here to promote Trump or Clinton. I’ll leave that to another post somewhere. What I’m highlighting is that selecting our leaders is about positioning, controlling hearsay, spinning the truth and gaining favor via the available mediums of communication. It amazes me to see something happens and the noise that follows. There is no “I work and do something to prepare” and “I get these expected results.” What’s scarier is how truth can be so easily spun, manipulated, and explained away. You see something happen and then you see it come out the other side as something completely different.
I’m going to be watching the Olympics these next few weeks as my hiatus from the craziness of these elections. My family and I really enjoy it. We are going to watch hardworking people get rewarded for all the effort they have put in. Then we’ll come out the other end and deal with these election where the rules are made up as they go and votes are gained in ways I wish were more “honorable”
Maybe I’m naive. Pray for this country.