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A President’s Day Riposte (and Repost) February 20, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, 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 ~ Adolph 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.

And, now, for the Riposte:

Winston Churchill was famous for his skill with a riposte.  When his friend Lady Astor said that, if he were her husband, she’d poison his tea, Churchill responded, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it!”

Related posts: Bye, Bye Babeu (Life in the Boomer Lane) * 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.