A Perspective on Presidents

I have figured out one of the many problems with today’s politicians. We use to have great presidents such as FDR, but nowadays we have nameless, faceless, manufactured drones; completely programmed. FDR was a charismatic man of accomplishment, with a personality befitting a gentleman one could meet on the street, and a professionalism necessary to firmly guide our country. Men knew how to be men in those days, they had to, they were the ones shaping our country, they never had the time or money to be idle and incapable. Now, America makes too much money and the men (or providers) who were once square-jawed, rugged, and well-rounded are now able to sit around while the money rolls in. There is no more “America” to shape. Our fortune has become the very things that hinders us. We have too much time now, and not enough to think about. We now have the time to be lazy because every man now worries solely about himself.

Politicians go to the same colleges, get programmed with the same program, and are “taught” politics. Politics is not something that can be taught in a classroom, or at least that was not the case in America’s golden years. Presidents use to be great, weathered, men that a child could admire, and who had personalities that were unique and all their own. Now they are taught to be the same person. Presidents don’t have to go out and talk to their constituents anymore; now we have television, the internet, and all manner of mass media and communication. All they have to do now is speak into a camera. The presidents of old had different backgrounds and upbringings. Not like now, they go to school and learn to be the same kind of person.

3 thoughts on “A Perspective on Presidents

  1. To some extent I agree with your post but I think something important to keep in mind when comparing these politicians of different eras is the state of the media during their times in the public eye. Politicians today are under far more scrutiny than the ones of the past because of our 24-hour news cycle. Their personal lives are fed to us in a way that simply didn’t happen prior to cable television and, more importantly, the Internet. Because of this, today’s politicians have their characters analyzed and attacked in ways unimaginable sixty, seventy, or one hundred years ago. That’s not to say there weren’t attacks on politicians in the past. Even the founding fathers had their disagreements with each other. But now the slightest mistake made by a politician is picked up in the news cycle, detailed thoroughly by journalists, criticized vehemently by opposing pundits, and then discussed and ridiculed by late night talk show hosts. A simple mistake in speaking when televisions weren’t the norm in households might not have even made the limited space in newspapers in the past. Now it becomes a major story and is amplified beyond it importance by the media. This creates the facade that our politicians today aren’t of the same muster of the ones of yesteryear. But if there was actually some true way to compare the different eras you would probably find much less difference than you might think.
    I do agree with the idea they seem programmed at times and are trained in the same way. Most are lawyers historically so they are all trained to argue for a point even if they know the facts disagree with what they are saying.

    • Thanks for the comment Paul, I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and the effort to comment on it. First of all I completely agree with what you pointed out about the extremely different breed of media we see today as opposed to the media of old. Secondly I’d like to preface my response with a few bits of information about myself. In my writings, I almost always tend to indulge in hyperbole, it’s just my style. I know not every president of he past was a stand-up guy but I write in such a way that makes it seem that that is what I believe. It’s just a stylistic choice. It helps me purge certain feelings I have about certain topics from myself before they turn into bile and drive me crazy. Although I posted this recently, I actually wrote this when I was about 18 in 2005, so I still had a lot to learn (and still do) about a lot of things, including politics. At any rate, I am totally with you about the magnified role that the media plays in our modern age in politics. If I can take the discussion a little further here, I’d like to say that I believe that such constant and easy access to media outlets does a detriment to politics. What I mean is that people are now given an insight into things that should be irrelevant in politics. Like you said, a simple mistake in speaking makes for front-page political news nowadays. But is that really newsworthy? Moreover should it really be plastered on every website and newspaper so that it affects the opinion of many America voters? I don’t believe so. It has gotten to the point where politicians are on par with celebrities in that they are equally subject to tabloid slander. It belittles the seriousness of elected office and changes the manner of politics altogether.

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