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More Than Meets The Eye August 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People.

It’s time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.  Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Who would you vote for?

Candidate A:

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist.  He’s had two mistresses.  He chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B:

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C:

He’s a decorated war hero, a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks only an occasional beer, and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Do you have enough information to make a decision?  Is there anything else you want to know?

Outward appearances can be deceiving.  There’s more to people, especially consummate politicians, than meets the eye.

So, are you ready to meet the Candidates?

Here they are . . .

Wikipedia ~ FDR (in Public Domain)

Candidate A:

Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ A 1999 survey by C-SPAN found that by a wide margin academic historians consider Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Roosevelt the three greatest presidents, consistent with other surveys.

Roosevelt is the sixth most admired person from the 20th century by US citizens, according to Gallup.

[Source: Wikipedia]

Next up . . .

Candidate B:

Wikipedia ~ Winston Churchill (in Public Domain)

Winston Churchill ~ A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist.

To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an honorary citizen of the United States.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”

[Source: Wikipedia]

Last (and least) . . .

Candidate C:

Wikipedia ~ Adolf Hitler (in Public Domain)

Adolf Hitler ~ Hitler, the Nazi Party and the results of Nazism are typically regarded as gravely immoral.

Historians, philosophers, and politicians have often applied the word evil in both a secular and a religious sense.

Historical and cultural portrayals of Hitler in the west are overwhelmingly condemnatory.

The display of swastikas or other Nazi symbols is prohibited in Germany and Austria. Holocaust denial is also prohibited in both countries.

[Source: Wikipedia]

Moral of the story: You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Related post:  Heaven (Or A Reasonable Facsimile)

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Inspiration:  e-mail from unknown author provided background “facts” for each of the 3 candidates.  The facts are “true” to the best of my knowledge. 


1. Richard W Scott - August 30, 2010

Heh. Not that I didn’t see this one coming. Still like it. ))

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

Glad you enjoyed. ; )

It’s fascinating to see what lies in the hearts of men (and women).

Apparently, “booze hounds” have greater moral authority than “teetotalers.”

Hmm . . . that doesn’t surprise me. Drinkers develop greater tolerance for diverse viewpoints while imbibing at the bar. : )

2. JE Lillie - August 30, 2010

Your point is well made. As long as our citizenry relies on sound bites for purposes of political decisions we will NEVER make informed or accurate choices for our leadership. Let’s not leave it in the realm of the political though. How many decisions are made daily on the basis of advertising? We have become the culture of the thirty second mind change.

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

I agree.

I’ve written quite a few posts on advertising and marketing lures. The most recent:


3. cindy - August 30, 2010

Love it, go with the whiskey drinkers every time 🙂

nrhatch - August 30, 2010

Or as Lynyrd Skynyrd would say:

Whisky . . . Rock and Roll!

4. Judson - August 31, 2010

Mean spirited, but still hilarious Churchill quote:

Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk!”

Churchill: “Yes Madam, I am drunk … and you are ugly.

However, in the morning, I shall be sober.”

nrhatch - August 31, 2010

I love Churchill quotes! Thanks, Judson.

5. Judson - August 31, 2010

BTW … I don’t believe Hitler actually had a wife until he married Eva Braun very shortly before they both committed suicide in his Berlin bunker, so giving Hitler credit for “not cheating on his wife” may be a little generous, LOL

— Judson

nrhatch - August 31, 2010

That’s what my husband said as well.

I accepted the “facts” from the original e-mail as true because they seemed consistent with information I’d heard over the years about these 3 men.

And the overriding import is that people have both “good” and “bad” qualities which don’t necessarily give us all the info we need to make reasoned decisions about them.

6. spilledinkguy - September 28, 2011

This was a very, very interesting post…
I love little historical ‘tidbits’… especially when the kind that make your jaw drop a bit (which certainly happens here)!

nrhatch - September 28, 2011

If only this post was a 100% fit with your amazing artwork ~ I guess 66.7% is not bad. 😀


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