My Grandmother was often heard to remark that "it's a funny old world we live in", and I find myself thinking the same thing the older I get. Now take the issue of different styles of political leadership for instance.
In America, we have a former movie star who is now governor of California, but who, unlike another former movie star, can't become President because he was not born in America.
In Australia however, where I did quite a stint of my time growing up, there is a new Prime Minister, and she was not born in Australia. She is an immigrant from Wales. God Bless Her! Furthermore, she came to power through political revolution, ousting Prime Minister Rudd before he could complete his first term in Office.
Now that is a funny thing in itself isn't it? I mean to say, with the approval rating of President Obama slipping away more and more every day, you wonder why it is that the Democrats don't just up and dump him like the Aussies did their leader. But we can't now can we? We have a different system.
In our system of doing things, the only way to legally get rid of a president, is by impeaching him. Once he gets his backside into that Oval Office seat he's there for a maximum of two terms unless his political career ends earlier.
Coming from Ireland as I originally did, I grew up in a tradition that saw our ultimate head of state, Her Majesty the Queen, Head of State for Life!
So there you have three different types of 'Head of State' and it's fascinating to consider the pros and cons of the differing systems.
If we followed the English system, President Obama would be sitting in the Oval Office till he had shaken off this mortal coil. If we followed the Australian System, he'd be in power till his own party, or the electorate, or some terrorist got rid of him. Instead, we follow a system in which the man stays in power until the next election, and should he win, remains at most only another 4 years.
At that time, even if he were the best person in the world for the job, we couldn't keep him on. And even if an actor turned Governor was a better man for the job, without being born in this country he would not be entitled to apply for the position.
It all comes down to the type of system we live in. It's just the way we do things here. Our traditional way of doing things may have it's faults and failings but in the end, it serves us well. When something ain't broke, it is only a fool who would try to fix it, which I guess means that we have lots of fools in this country.
There be always people who want to do away with the tried and true ways of doing things, and always trying to fix what ain't really broke, because like the cow that thinks the grass on the other side of the fence is greener, they want to wander off homebase in search of more exotic ways of doing things.
Now I be talking here about not fixing something that ain't really broke. That is a different kettle of fish to cook that finding more effective ways of performing certain tasks and achieving certain results. Another funny observation I have about our funny little world, is that many people are too afraid of change to even consider finding more effective ways of doing things.
So on one hand we have people always wanting to change anything and everything whether its broke or not, and on the other hand those who would rather sink with the ship than consider ways of saving themselves. On the other hand, there are those whose intellects are keen enough to know the difference between tampering with something that ain't broke, and enhancing the performance of something that is sluggish.
Some people cry out for change at all cost, and others won't change at any cost, while the wise 'count the cost' of every change. It's funny how few 'wise men' there are left in the world.
Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
John J. (Jack) Walsh
Other Articles by Jack Walsh:
Jul 24, 2010 It's a Funny World We Live In
Jul 18, 2010 Scandal and Charity
Jul 14, 2010 Isn't Life Funny.
Apr, 24, 2010 Get off the Gay men's backs
April 21, 2010 We Love to Hate Our Presidents
April 8: Being An American
April 7:The Religion Called Politics
April 3: At the end of the journey
Mar 27: A Dear Abby Day
John J. Walsh, a Catholic, is originally from Ireland; went to high school and university in Australia, and later moved to the U.S.A. Fearing the hot blooded protestants and not wanting to reach heaven or hell faster than is God's plan, his personal email address and other particulars are not available for publication. You may however Email him at: johnjwalsh_magic @live.com