how a lost woman in a hot air balloon can apply to politics

5 04 2007

I don’t normally post forwards here, but given the current state of politics in our country, this is funny and ironic.

A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost. She lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below.

She shouts to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consults his portable GPS and replies, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea
level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolls her eyes and says, “You must be a Republican!”

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answers the balloonist, “everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’re not much help to me.”

The man smiles and responds, “You must be a Democrat.”

“I am,” replies the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “You don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You
made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it’s my fault.”

It’s funny because there’s some truth in it.  It gets old how the political parties blame each other instead of actually doing something about the issues.  The Democrats have said many times that the war in Iraq is not working well and that it’s President Bush’s fault, yet they don’t offer a viable solution.  There’s also the issue of our open border (that could let terrorists walk in undetected), and both sides said a lot about it, making excuses and casting blame, yet nothing is getting done.  I could go on and on…

(I’ve previously discussed some needed improvements for the political system, and there were also some great comments.  Check it out if you haven’t read it already.)




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