The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities. Richard Dawkins. This except is from Professor Dawkins' response to Governor Perry for On Faith, the Washington Post’s forum for news and opinion on religion and politics.
Now is the time, I believe, for all good women, and men, too, to pay attention to the Festival of Wingnuts, aka the GOP (God's Own Party) Presidential Primary. The leading candidates are farther to the right than Attila the Hun, more Christian than the Pope and more pro-business and dismissive of the interests of the middle class than John D. Rockefeller. They are a hazard to the Republic. All quality of life enhancement-seekers, that is, wellness enthusiasts, should therefore become highly engaged - the time has come for everyone to rise up and speak out, each in his/her own fashion, at every opportunity. The way to most effectively do so, in my opinion, is to take up the fine art of bloviating. But, not any bloviation - rather, bloviation with reason, exuberance, passion, humor and perspective. Wellness enthusiasts - help safeguard our liberty and the decency of America.
In case you are not familiar with this splendid term, here is a simple definition: Bloviate - to discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner. However, that definition applies to Right Wing bloviators who lack class, wit, wisdom, dignity and all of the common decencies - mountebanks such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. There are good and decent bloviators who perform a public service by offering trenchant reflections on public affairs from a REAL wellness perspective. The latter communicate with reason and exuberance in service to our liberties, as opposed to Republican bloviators - angry twits who are irrational and grim, mean and selfish. And these are their better qualities.
Here is where you come in. While all ordinary wellness enthusiasts recognize their right to be heard, some have been holding back for any number of reasons, particularly the following three:
They are a bit shy - not sure they have original, earth-shattering ideas likely to change the world in 24 hours. This might be a standard too high. Settle for influencing someone, even if the beneficiary does not, at first, fully appreciate the watershed contribution your commentaries on Republican wingnuts has on her.
They are so very busy - Americans are not engaged in healthy lifestyles for the most part, so time is of the essence. Every waking moment of the ordinary wellness promoter has been focused on the search for and application of creative approaches to motivate, inform and guide the porcine populace to adopt and sustain more healthful, sensible attitudes and behaviors.
They are a bit intimidated - wellness promoters try not to offend anyone. While this is a good thing most of the time, desperate situations require a willingness to stir the waters by voicing resistance to the rabble.
In order to carry out my plan, namely, sound the alarm about the menace of crazed Republicans seeking the presidency, regular wellness enthusiasts must be willing to generate and deal with controversy. Such a role requires audacity, bravura, dauntlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, heroism, intrepidity, mettle, pluck, pugnacity, resolution, stoutheartedness, temerity, tenacity and yes, valor as well.
Which is why all wellness enthusiasts are hereby asked to please come forward and speak out before it's too late. It is time to evolve into a REAL wellness enthusiast. Real wellness enthusiasts not only have the qualities noted above and others of a noble nature, too numerous to list - they channel such talents in the public interest.
So, to paraphrase a few lines from the greatest speech ever given by an American not named Robert Green Ingersoll, I say, And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what a wellness lifestyle can do for you; ask what you can do as a REAL wellness promoter, for your country, when the out-of-control Republican Party is led by the likes of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann an Sarah Palin. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do to prevent wingnut Republicans from destroying the freedom of man.
Good luck. Do what you can to stay well, fit and focused - and look on the bright side of life.