In this political climate we current have in America, I find it increasingly hard to trust the opinions of politicians (except our military) that have only ever signed a paycheck on the back. Like most of the people in office today and the media, they have only signed a paycheck on the back and most of them have been on the government payroll all of their adult lives. Signing a paycheck on the front is what employers do and signing a paycheck on the back is what employees do.
Most of our political leaders have never employed one person and have spent their adult life feeding off a government job for decades. They have never had to meet a payroll on Friday when they didn’t have the money. They have never had people with families depending on them. All they know is to criticize and cast blame and tear the other person down.
I think it is important to choose who you listen to. I loved the movie with Robin Williams when he ran for President and he said that every politician should be like a NASCAR driver and have to wear a jacket that shows who all their sponsors are. Wouldn’t that be a hoot to really see who is contributing large dollars to their election campaigns and receiving in exchange promises that the American public would not agree to?
So if you ask me, the ones I want to really hear from are the ones who have actually done something, accomplished something and actually have been in the arena and not just the stands.
I think the following quote from Teddy Roosevelt could be one of the greatest of all time.
Theodore Roosevelt said the following quote, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” KT