Mixed Messages

So there I was yesterday afternoon at Planet Fitness, PIPin’ out (Pedaling in Place), working up a sweat and feeling good for having gone vegetarian the past few days (thanks to my niece with whom I stayed), and gazing up at the multiple TV screens arrayed before me. There was Dr. OZ, the health guru created by the female Big “O”, expounding on the dangers of fat, while right next to Dr. Oz on the adjacent screen, was a bright, colorful commercial touting the wonderfulness of a Papa John’s Pizza.

Mixed messages! Aaarghh! And we’re smack dab in the middle of the most mixed message season of the year – pre-election posturing by folks who seemingly will to say anything to get or keep their jobs. What to do?
One can only hope and pray that the male Big “O” means it when he acknowledges that our public education system is broken. Hopefully more than the first president Bush (# “41”) meant it when he said he wanted to be known as the “Education President”… or when #42 touted “Education Reform” by investing more in schools and demanding more from them, or when #43 pushed to insure that No child would be Left Behind.”

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts.” Booker T. said that a century ago, and it’s as true today.

Experience shows that the best intentions of politicians of every stripe tend to go nowhere. Those in power may “point with pride” while those out of power may “view with alarm.” But at bottom, not much will happen until the individual accepts and embraces the sparks of encouragement tendered by those who care to be better. Ultimately, he or she must take charge of his or her own character, education, and opportunity.

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