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July 18, 2011

The do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do conundrum

Steven R. Berryman

Our anachronistic President Barack Obama will certainly become known as the “do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do” president. His surgeon general adds scare tactics to graphic warnings on cigarette packs while he sneaks a smoke out of camera range.


My Dad introduced me to the phrase while attempting to teach me Par 3 golf at a young age. I lost a bucket of his good Titleist balls in the process, in part because I could not learn by his example. His busy legal career cost him an ability to find practice hours.


But not our President Barack Obama! Golf is his game, and wars on three fronts plus all of that energy being expended on “saving the middle class” can’t keep him from the weekly 18 holes at the Andrews AFB course.


Who was that frequently lambasted former president who skipped out on his passion for golf, as it was unseemly and traded it for mountain-biking? It was that Bush fellow; you know, previous governor of Texas! Oddly, he now seems serious by comparison.


While we humble citizens live in fear of losing our homes, and cut back on vacations, movies, and dinners, the White House parties continue at Camp David, and the First Lady jet-sets it around the globe at tremendous taxpayer expense; such a lesson we are learning!


Do as I say, not as I do, America.


The pressure from the Oval Office now is to raise taxes – toward a balanced budget – in some way a cure for the spending addiction of this current government. What had been “the middle class” (but is diminishing) surely bears the burden. Taxes become fees and hidden costs, and monetary cheating on the road to inflation is all fuzzied-up as increases in food, gasoline, and energy costs to consumers.


Our family thinks that chicken is “the new red meat.”


In the old days, the “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy was born in a World War II-influenced generation from a need for authoritarian control. A real war was on then, and the homeland of America was truly threatened. No time for niceties and a reasonable rationale for a more limited “due process.”


President Franklin Roosevelt and his successor Harry – the haberdasher – Truman did not mock the American people with their behaviors. Rather they sought unity in all ways with the common everyday people. Hypocrisy in deed was not a problem.


Today, words don’t seem to matter. The treasured and lauded media outlets now don’t keep track of political rhetoric, sitting on their findings in tepid collusion. News has become a “profit center” as opposed to a public trust. Entire news gathering corporations are now bankrupted and some are in flames over the purchase of “news.”


And just when we needed them most; as our three part governing system devolves and rules by executive order of the president by decree really. Where is the pushback?


Unfortunately, Congress has willingly removed itself from the game, and the two-party system has been simply self-serving in any potential oversight roles. Bought out and “lobbified.”


Also, the media has successfully marginalized any response from what had once been a “Tea Party.” Will they return in force and figure out how to unify, or had the Obamacare fight been their finest hour?


Good citizens of America, there is now only one process that works to track government in our do-as-I-say and not-as-I-do conundrum: Ignore the political promises and posturing, but examine the deeds with a microscope. Dig to pages A-3 and beyond to see what has been buried.


Then react to it!


Notice it when pop-culture has taken over from hard news that is not so salient, and exchange allegiances to channels and networks for a variety of different websites, blogs, and opposing-publications.


Now, do as I say!


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