By Paul Pannone
In this election year the citizens of the United States are faced with decisions that will affect the future of the country; perhaps like never before. No, this is not a political piece but one of common sense and respect that has departed from this great country for decades. The changes in society are closely watched as a new generation looks at marriage with growing disdain and a logic that now supersedes the emotion that once walked the bride down the aisle and carried her over the threshold.
If we look at some of the possible reasons why a recent survey by Pew Research says marriage is falling out of favor among twenty-something year-old adults perhaps we will have a better understanding of why that is. Unquestioned tradition and why things just “are” is no longer accepted by today’s society. Here are some examples:
An opinion on The Straight Dope tells about the tradition a Captain going down with his ship;
It was clearly tradition, (and has also been incorporated into maritime law as that has developed) that the captain must remain on the ship long enough to ensure that passengers and crew have safely gotten off. In a case where the ship is sinking too swiftly to get everyone off, the captain is going to go down with it.
In addition, there is an element of shame in losing one’s ship (if the ship was lost through bad decisions or bad navigation rather than through Acts of God, sabotage, or poor design), where the captain might prefer an “honorable” suicide by remaining aboard rather than having to answer to the ship’s owners or a court of inquiry regarding his actions.
It is probably a bigger deal in fiction than in real life that a captain might choose to go down with a ship from which everyone has been successfully evacuated.
The Straight Dope thread gives a modern-day example of how a Captain going down with his ship this is no longer the case. But the most recent and probably the most dubious for all time to come is the Italian Captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino.
Recent examples of the choices made by Captains abandoning their sinking ships shows the abandonment of tradition and things that went before us. How far we’ve come from the private choices– suddenly turned scandalous– that happened in the White house just now coming to light. Face it, people are people and they act, never expecting to be caught in the act. But with the free, real-time exchange of information on the internet a new set of rules apply; no rules and no escape from the truth.
The transparency of today’s world puts the power of real information in the hands of the people. In the past major media selected what information the people saw. Today Social Networking puts the raw information out there for all to see. The power of instant information already reshaped how major media operates and now takes its toll on its own digital format that no longer keeps up with consumer demand for instant access and interactivity.
Last week an eWedNewz story citing information from the Washington Examiner drew fire from some readers. Some of the regulars weighing in on the story give lucid explanation to their views. But some surprising statements from a new generation of Americans coming forth gives hope for the future.
First the earlier generation:
“It’s irrational to hold President Obama personally responsible for all of our nation’s problems. He didn’t create the economic crisis. He inherited it. He didn’t send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s bringing them home. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t support Obama. Regardless, I fully approve of some of the things that he has done in office. I’m not a political animal but it seems odd to be overly critical of Obama’s economic policies given the fact that the Dow was below 8,000 when he assumed office and is above 12,000 today,” says Jim Duhe.
Never at a loss for words Duhe #1 always gives a clear statement in response to any story. The Obama story was no different. In his comments he sometimes sound supportive of the man and other times distant, giving all sides and perspectives to the discussion. That’s his style and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
eWedNewz is pleasantly surprised to hear from another Duhe; Max, Jim’s son. In a comment response max takes the Examiner story to task saying:
“The connections the Examiner makes using these statistics are spurious at best. (The percentage) of Presidential approval related to the economy does not equal (the percentage) of overall approval. (The percentage) of people who think the country is on the wrong track does not equal (the percentage) of people who think Obama should be reelected. Essentially, the Examiner article treats the government like the Executive branch is the only branch of government. That 54% of Americans think the budget needs to be cut is really bad news for Congress (which determines appropriations), but doesn’t really mean anything substantive in relation to the President.
That said, I am not shocked that the Examiner would be fast and loose with its conflation of general discontent and anti-Democratic sentiment. Examiner funded the Iowa Republican presidential debate, for God’s sake.”
The country finds itself in a precarious position where a new generation has many platforms to be heard. It’s rare that any take the time to express their feelings but perhaps Max foretells of the necessary questioning to bring about the changes and point the United States back to prosperity.
“I’m shocked that he reads eWedNewz and is interested in the wedding business,” says daddy Duhe.
Maybe daddy Duhe shouldn’t be so surprised. Maybe the time has come for the Max generation that looked to the changes proposed by Obama in his bid to be president to hold him– and all presidents– to their campaign promises and not succumb to a broken system that wears down the average man into believing he can never win or get ahead.
Incumbent Presidents who ran but lost
John Adams lost to Thomas Jefferson in 1800
John Quincy Adams lost to Andrew Jackson in 1828
Martin Van Buren lost to William Henry Harrison in 1840
Grover Cleveland lost to Benjamin Harrison in 1888
Benjamin Harrison lost to Grover Cleveland in 1892.
William Taft was defeated by Woodrow Wilson in 1916
Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976
Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980
George H.W Bush was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992
Like a Captain expected to stay with his ship until it sinks, is the president– or the presidency– judged by the current state of affairs in this country or can it ever return to the prominence of a time of respect for the office?
Not being a real political subscriber of any one party I am an impartial judge forming my own opinions as I watch a flawed political system that will probably re-elect Obama for another four years; not on his merits or shortcomings but because of a system where the inability of the Republican party cannot bring forth a worthy candidate to defeat him. I did not vote for Obama, so I do not criticize his actions. I do however watch as he struggles to right the ship of the United States and how the system make hims at least look for the life raft. Whether he does or not remains to be seen.
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