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The Election and A Spoonful of Sugar

spoonful-of-sugar-1329415-1600x1200The following quotes are taken from a once-famous and powerful politician.  As you read them, consider this:  If this person were running for the office of President of the United States and uttered these words either in written or spoken form, would you vote for them?  Would you find these words compelling? Would these words convince you of this person’s viewpoint? Would you be willing to have this person represent your interests in the highest office in the world?

  • Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
  • As a Christian, I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.
  • I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty.
  • Life doesn’t forgive weakness.
  • All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
  • This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!
  • I do not see why man should not be as cruel as nature.
  • To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.
  • If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower.
  • The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.
  • Our enemies are little worms.
  • One needs great tenacity and a tremendous will to begin such an enterprise at all. And I should like to say this to you: If I had this faith, I had it only because I knew the people and because I had no doubts as to the quality of the … people.
  • What does a title mean to me? I do not need a title. My name, which I achieved with my own strength, is my title. I only wish that posterity would sometimes confirm the fact that I have striven to achieve my program decently and honestly.

I find nothing inherently wrong with any of these statements. In fact, I actually agree with many of them. There’s only one problem. They were spoken or written by what the world now considers a madman; a man so bent on obtaining power by any means necessary that he had no problem coldly murdering millions of people for nothing more than their ethnicity. He did it passionately, with fervor in a calculated, methodical way. Millions of people died trying to wrestle that man’s control away; yet, his words here are reasonable.

As we approach the final six months leading up to the presidential election, I beg my fellow citizens to think carefully about the words they hear. Heed the line from Mary Poppins’ song: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. You may agree with some of what someone says and still find their overall electability abhorrent. It’s allowed. Just because somebody says something you agree with, doesn’t mean you should elect them. They may just be pandering to get your vote, saying things they know you want to hear. Consider the whole person before you cast your vote. I know I will.

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