Part Time Ranting: Education, Work, Society, and Politics

Bobby Jindal the Part Time Governor of Louisiana

Why do both extremes in American politics care more about what someone says versus what they are doing?  Would inaccurate and, in some ways more disturbing, highly selective interpretations of history be so rampant if educators were allowed to focus on teaching students how to discover information?   Instead that teacher is expected to solve all problems of society while hoping that they complete stacks of administrative paperwork and then having students score well on some standardized test.

Labels and Party affiliations seem to be more important than actions.  Minor differences can destroy beliefs and mores shared in common.  Pundits who cater to their audiences by shouting what their followers want to hear and vilifying and dismissing all opposing views reap millions of dollars.  Why is it that an individual with an income in excess of millions of dollars, receive federal aid and benefits in amounts greater than the annual salaries of the tax payers whose tax dollars fund these programs and still be lauded as “champions of the working middle class?”

What might happen if we could nurture a culture of personable responsibility and some spiritual or secular idea of the Golden Rule?  What if going to school and working hard were the traits of the popular kids?  Someone who disrupts or slacks off does not become popular, but is encouraged and assisted if needed to work to the best of their ability.  What if our education system was tweaked so that a high school diploma once again offered an opportunity to a career?

How would this happen?  The start would be for leaders and representatives to leave their egos at the door, put aside Party loyalty, realize that it is impossible to please everyone every time, and to actually walk in the shoes and look at the reflections of those that are too easy to simply dismiss for convenience.  As a society, we would have to speak through our actions and not only by our words.  Each person would have to accept responsibility for not just themselves, but a responsibility to be a role model to others as well.  That does not mean “giving,” but “showing” and maybe “assisting.”  At some point, we all need some help.  Different individuals might need assistance in one area, but in another they are the ones most capable of providing assistance.  Yes, you might have built that, but only because someone taught you something or someone in the past, perhaps someone you never heard about, did something which allowed you that opportunity.  It’s just a balance; a difficult balance of finding the most efficient and productive point of too much and too little.

The Conservative Governor:  

Why is it that I can read about a Governor being the champion of the Constitution of the United States, education, self-reliance, self-government, individual rights, and balancing budgets in some outlets based upon speeches and public appearances outside the state?  When did the elected position become part-time for the state, but full-time appearing in other states with such frequency?

I guess all of the above would mean that everyone would be needed to work to the best of their ability, and that is not a popular idea when applied to ourselves.  John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success contains a definition that only we can achieve for ourselves.