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Thoughts About the Elections

Two personal friends of mine, R & O,  ran for office at the primary elections held this week here in California. They both had very limited funding but they still decided to run because they believed they could make a difference.

Their competitors had oodles of money and had TV ads, direct mail ads, radio and social media ads. What chance did my friends have?

I cringed every time I watched those expensive  TV ads portraying their political rivals as the saintly answer to all our problems. “Vote for Mr. Slick because he understands and cares for YOU. His impeccable record shows he shares your same value. Look at these organizations that support him, blah blah, blah …” — that was basically the message of all their ads. Of course if you weren’t familiar with the issues you’d vote for this well-packaged political Messiah. So, next time, how would one choose the best candidate for the job when one doesn’t have the time to do the research? I would ask someone knowledgeable and whose values I trust.

Allow me to provide my 5 shortcut bullet points of Voting Discernment. See if you agree with me.

  1. The bigger the marketing budget, the bigger the lie. It takes more money to bury a scandal.
  2. The more endorsement the candidate has from shady organizations, the shadier the candidate. The more favors he has to repay.
  3. The more the candidate asks you to vote by party lines, the less intelligent they think you are.
  4. The more desperate the candidate, the greater his lengths to cheat, lie, steal and even kill for the win.
  5. The humbler the candidate, the more he will listen.

Some people exasperated me because they wouldn’t even vote. I asked some of my associates to vote for R & O, but they weren’t interested. They claimed they weren’t familiar with the issues or they didn’t think my guys were good enough (even though they couldn’t defend the other choices — as if only perfection would deserve their precious vote). Here were R & O,  who stepped out of their comfort zone, risked public ridicule and sacrificed time and money and yet my snotty associates wouldn’t even throw an appreciative vote. If the government does poorly, these apathetic souls would have no right to complain. And if the government does well, they would have contributed nothing.

BTW, O DID NOT WIN but I was proud of him because he came in 3rd out of 5 competitors … losing only by a size of a church. R DID WIN and is headed for the mid-term elections in November. Think about my 5 bullet points as you observe the coming ads. I hope to see you at the polls. I don’t care who you choose as long as you cast an educated vote.

But this is just me.

“Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.”
— These were God’s instructions to Moses on how to choose his officers. Exodus 18:21

TGIF people!

Secrets of Inner Peace

Shared by Tom of Pasadena, CA

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  1. TGIF Reader

    June 8, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Great Artistic endeavor and I agree with your 2 cents worth . Thanks for sharing.



    • Raoul Pascual

      June 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Sorry about that. I actually debated whether I should put that last part down. Some jokes are funny but just a little too risque. Oh well …


  2. TGIF Reader

    June 8, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Hi Raoul,

    Heartwarming to know that you still care about the same things that drew
    the whole bunch of us together in the 70’s.

    And I loved the TGIF joke. I thought it sounded just like you, until I got
    to the last part. It DID NOT sound like you at all in the end, but I had a
    good laugh!

    Warm regards,



  3. TGIF Reader

    June 8, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Your mission to make me smile was successful. Thank you for the insight.



  4. TGIF Reader

    June 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

    love it



  5. Lois

    June 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I was flabbergasted by the escherian stairwell, which is beyond belief. Can you in all your wisdom explain it to me?



  6. Rick

    June 11, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Good morning bro!

    A Stress-Free Life made me laugh and quite true. Our little dog is the queen around our house.
    Thanks for all your hard work and talent on the TGIF. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hello to the family.
    Take care,



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