Madeline Crabb
February 11, 2007
Political metamorphosis and more
By Madeline Crabb

This week, I received an email containing a picture of Hillary Clinton's body with Bill Clinton's face. The caption read: The metamorphosis has begun. Indeed it has, but not just with Hillary.

Even though we're barely out of the mid-term elections, it is clear the 2008 presidential race has already started. Hillary Clinton is probably the most talked about, most controversial candidate vying for the big job. And for Hillary to win, she, more than almost anyone else, will have to transform herself, as she has begun to do. After all, when her husband ran for political offices, he was a master chameleon. But I digress...

The picture I mentioned in the opening paragraph really does say it all. Put simply, Hillary Clinton must become someone else to get elected. We're seeing her talk like a Conservative, even though she is one of the most liberal members of the Senate. She may even vote some with Conservatives, at least on minor issues. And eventually she will choose a running mate who can soften her image, someone like Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. It's all part of the game of deception we call elections.

Recently it shocked Hoosiers to hear Bayh say he was not pursuing the presidency, something everyone felt he wanted ever since he was governor. Then when he went to Iraq with Clinton, it was looked more like a partnership for bigger purposes. Can anyone say back-room deal? Clinton needs someone charismatic, soft-spoken, and "pretty" on the ticket with her, just like John Kerry needed John Edwards.

What about all the other politicians and races? Unfortunately, there are many disguises being used by scores of politicians seeking higher office, particularly that of the presidency. Sadly, most Americans only want to hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see. Consequently, in their attempt to win at any cost, politicians get by with playing games and morphing into people they are not. Once these people are in office, we then discover who they really are and wonder why we voted for them.

I suggest that we wake up now and begin asking the tough questions of candidates for any office. We need to find out who candidates really are before allowing them to lead us. There is far too much at stake.

It all sounds so easy, right? We can know the school board or city council candidate, but how about state and national candidates? While this is harder, we can still learn a lot by asking questions. And now is the time to start asking and researching. Furthermore, we can discover how a candidate will vote on the state level by learning how he voted on the local level. A person's voting record will reveal his philosophy and exactly what he will do once in office. We can't trust words because they can be twisted like pretzels to mean anything we want them to mean. Remember Bill Clinton?

Politicians are a dime a dozen. Statesmen are what we need. The difference between the two is that politicians will do anything to get elected or to stay in office; statesmen, because of something called integrity, will do the right thing every time, and for the right reasons. The difference in attitude is revealed in their actions.

Aren't you tired of political deals and deception? Aren't you sick of all the morphing masks, and malarkey? Then America, what are we going to do about it? To anyone willing to hear....

© Madeline Crabb

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)