Eureka! An Insight for This Election

Archimedes shouted “Eureka!” and jumped out of his bathtub with his discovery of a method for measuring volume and ran through the streets of Syracuse. Naked! I, too, am moved by ideas, enough to get me out of bed at a very early hour to put down my insight, a “Eureka!” moment (“I am in a state of having found it”), into—

what the prevailing truth should be for this election cycle.

Consider this, seriously, putting aside party, prejudice, and pundit. I found the truth right here on my blog, an entry I put together with an objective look at the four people on the tickets, the over and under of each. One is cantankerous age and callow youth, respectively. Top and bottom of the other is cool youth and astute age. Are my labels prejudicial? I think they are accurate descriptions derived from a consensus of what commentators have been saying.

“There you go again, Joe, pointing to the past!” That was Palin’s echo of Reagan’s moment of skewering the opposition. The irony of her saying that she probably missed. Reagan was her mode of evoking the past to rescue her in the debate. But truthfully, Joe Biden does have a long past; Palin has a very short and not too knowledgeable past. Her running mate, McCain, has a very long past of which we are constantly reminded by him being the professional hero. The charge against Obama is that he is too inexperienced and thereby unready for the presidency.

I have faulted McCain for unceasingly bringing into play his past experience as a war prisoner and the heroic nature of his ordeal. I have called him a professional hero. I was wrong to do that. As the John Robert Demotts’ study says (postd elsewhere as a page on the blogroll), there is the universal phenomenon of reminiscence in later life. I have it, Joe Biden has it, and John McCain has it. Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are young. They have not yet entered the territory of the aged. I have entered that territory, a minefield of probabilities, and, on the other side, the quicksand of inevitabilities. For Obama and Palin there are the possibilities in a longer future. It is the primary and fundamental function of politics to make policy for future action, assessing the possibilities.

We say, what should we do about global warming? Which way does “should do” point? “Now” is what we are not doing that raises the the question of “should do”, soon, tomorrow, next year. We reminisce, recall, recollect, hark back to the past to gain the basis, the history of what we have done. The elder statesman as an advisor—“there you go again, Joe” for the history is the most valuable resource to rely on to guide us to establishing policy for future action. The vigor of youth in the decision-maker, using the past as a springboard, is more valuable for moving into the future with the attitude of making changes to suit a new policy. The aged, whose future is more probabilities and inevitabilities, rather than possibilities, tend to be hobbled by the past and the imminent struggles of age.

In the present campaign, let it be noted, the “change” slogan was begun by Obama, and had to be borrowed by the old guy. Isn’t that interesting!

The truth just jumps out to me! This is undeniable: the best configuration of age and youth in the two tickets is . . .

Do you see it? It’s physical and mental fact.

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  1. […] Eureka! An Insight for This Election Archimedes shouted “Eureka!” and jumped out of his bathtub with his discovery of a method for measuring volume and ran through the streets of Syracuse. Naked! I, too, am moved by ideas, enough to get me out of bed at a very early hour to put down my insight, a “Eureka!” moment (“I am in a state of having found it”), into— —what the prevailing truth should be for this election cycle. Consider this, seriously, putting aside party, prejudice, and pundit. I found the truth right here on my blog, a […]

  2. […] Eureka! An Insight for This Election Archimedes shouted “Eureka!” and jumped out of his bathtub with his discovery of a method for measuring volume and ran through the streets of Syracuse. Naked! I, too, am moved by ideas, enough to get me out of bed at a very early hour to put down my insight, a “Eureka!” moment (“I am in a state of having found it”), into— —what the prevailing truth should be for this election cycle. Consider this, seriously, putting aside party, prejudice, and pundit. I found the truth right here on my blog, a […]


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