A Neutral Looks At Politics
A Spoonful of Sugar Helps…
Tonight (September 26, 2016) is the first Presidential debate between the two major political party candidates. Many have expressed a disquieting fear of the debate event itself, let alone what might happen if _________ (you fill in the blank) gets elected. As mediators, our job does NOT require that we have no opinions or biases. That would be unrealistic given that one of the requirements for being a mediator is being human. Our job does require that we recognize when our opinions might interefere with our ability to be “neutral” so that we can provide the most benefit to our clients.
So with our neutral mediator hats on, we went looking for some thoughts that might help your discomfort as you press your remote control to turn on the debate without revealing what political leanings we might have. We hope the following helps, no matter which “side” you’re on:
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. ―Dwight D. Eisenhower
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ―Groucho Marx
In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. ―Carl Sagan
One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. ―Plato
You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena. ―Jon Stewart
Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it. ―Mark Twain
The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. ―Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe