"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
They are role models in as much as they should practice what they preach.
Are politicians role models? No way.
Should they be role models? Absolutely not. They should be politicians, decision makers, legislators, communicators and educators about the role of the political process in the life of the society.
Those in need of a role model are sadly under-using their own conscience and values. Be your own role model.
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
I find the results interesting, with no real clear division by party line as to the results, which I find unexpected.
For me, politicians are people who are trying to serve their country, trying to make the country better. While there are some who abuse the job and are corrupt, I don't think this is most. I honestly believe that most politicians, even the ones I disagree with are trying to do what they think of as right for the country. As such, I think they are some one we should hold up as role models, that we should point them out to kiuds as people to be like when they grow up.
I know that it is just hearsay but I don't think it's wise to look up to those people.
Last edited by Harry Guerrilla; 03-06-10 at 06:44 AM.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
Generally speaking, I don't think adults(who happen to be more politically aware/involved than kids) need or desire to have role models. I certainley cannot think of a politician/actor/athlete that I would really look to, to shape my thoughts and ideas even if they were ideal people.
Role models are more for kids. Having someone to look up to, and want to emulate in the future. And I don't have a problem with that. But with the 24/7 blitz of political/celebrity news, its nearly impossible for anybody famous to keep their image clean.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
Maybe at some point in time (Washington, Lincoln?) politicians would have been role models (do you want to be President when you grow up?) but now? Ugh. Maybe the very small percentage of them who aren't corrupt would be suitable.. those that keep their promises, actually think they are doing the public a service by representing them and working hard FOR their constituents and not for their funding dollars - unfortunately, I don't know of many politicians that fit the bill of "role model"... especially for the very young.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.