In public policy and politics, the expectations game battles actuality. We the people are the eventual losers. They called it political science because it once grew on university campuses but the political arena is ruled currently by Madison Avenue spin doctors that studied marketing on the other side of the same campuses. They manipulate public opinion with the ultimate goal being gold…cheddar…cash.
I want to list several expectations games vs. actuality:
2012 GOP Primary- The Republicans wisely produced a field of zany folks who made Mitt Romney look great by comparison. Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Condi Rice and Jon Huntsman would have battled Gov. Romney with reason and logic so they were not needed. In actuality, those candidates would have introduced more conservative views to the political center—bring the nation together.
2008 candidate Obama- I think Barrack Obama was raised with Midwestern sensibility and that he wanted to tell the people that no leader could improve their situations as much as they could with hard work and focus. But, to win an election, he had to do the hope and change thing. In actuality, the Obamas will (in office or after office) change how people see the role of government by (once and for all) explaining that it really is about personal choice, decisions and consequences.
2012 President Obama during Debates- The first presidential debate didn’t fool me one bit. That performance was Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-dope. Obama let Romney punch and punch because he wanted to appear defenseless. The expectations game here is that Obama is too nice to fight back but those of us behind him….not equally nice. Since we grew up in last part of Jim Crow, fighting injustice is second nature. We were fighting on the mainland when Obama was hanging then in Hawaii. In actuality, hanging ten means something else in these piney woods.
Second Wild Theory about 2012 President Obama during Debates- Before the debate, Obama supporters expected an easy victory in November. They were resting on their laurels to early. If Obama won all of the debates, we would have stayed home on Election Day and Romney would have won. There was no urgency. But, Team Obama lit fire under their tails by letting Romney rock the podium. In actuality, God only knows what will happen next.
K Street- The whole expectations game is centered on K Street in D.C. yet most people don’t know the place. It’s where lobbyists design strategies to influence public opinion to the benefit of their companies and clients. Hey, you can learn about these guys from our friends at 60 Minutes. It’s a dirty game in actuality.
My Southern Community- The brothers are in a pickle in Dixie. There is no expectations game involving us politically. The presidential election will be decided with input from North Carolina, Florida and Virginia only—dam-it, I am voting anyway. Since there are few people who look like me in the G.O.P., the South is being governed by other folks. In actuality, we must forge a functional relationship with the other southerners.
Modern Dating- Yes, I am bringing up dating because dating, mating and parenting are at the root of many social issues that then become governmental matters. These girls have expectations of having men like their fathers—either great hard-working providers or long-gone deadbeats. Guys want a lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets. Newsflash, a freak is a freak 24/7 and you can’t turn a (garden tool) into a housewife. Also, some of these girls never lived with a male figure in the household while growing up. They can’t pick a spouse because they don’t know what one is. And these dumb fellows aren’t much better. You expect to spend the rest of your life looking at her nicely shaped body. In actuality, the vows you took said “thick and thin.” That could have been referring to times or waistlines but honor your commitments.
Prisons- Some Americans think that “lock’em up” is the key to the crime problem. The expectation is that all criminals will eventually be behind bars. In actuality, I wanted couples to have kids when they can train them to be law-abiding citizens because the cost of incarnation is astronomical. According to a recent article, the cost of having a young person a youth prison in Georgia is $90,000 per year. Really? Something has got to give and it might start with family planning. http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/education/georgia-looking-at-ways-to-reform-juvenile-justice/nST3c/
At the end of the day, it’s better to be careful with expectations and you wouldn’t be disappointed.