Wednesday, February 3, 2016

...and they're off!

election-2016
oh, well

…and now starts Iowa Caucuses where contestants will be given close scrutiny and sorted out.  And then…

Exhausting, these election horse races.  Placing bets.  Candidates stock market.  Twiddly winks.  Skip the stone.  Bowling competition. Javelin throws.  These sports hang on millimeters.

Most exhausting is also the dissection process.  Each candidate’s character and personal choices are sliced and diced.  Soon political staffers will find that one candidate cheated on a third grade math test.  That’ll be enough to knock ‘im off presidential sprint (or marathon).

The names are stew-potted in a gooey sauce. 

However, it seems to me that one candidate has been consistent in his political life:  John Kasich. Gov. Kasich has performed responsibilities with honor, character, and kindness.

Kindness?

My sister Mary lives in Columbus, Ohio.  A dear friend had two sons dying from untreatable genetic diseases.  The older son had already died, and young “John” was not far from him.  Mary and others helped with all the chores that slide by the wayside.

Gov. Kasich read or heard or…about “John”.  Kasich began regular visits (once a week maybe) with this family.  He sat down and held the boy’s hand; shared jokes, laughed; and, Gov. Kasich prayed with him.

No photographers or newspaper reporters around.  

When John died, Gov. Kasich gave a touching eulogy in a small church, without TV station vans, local news…none.


I seriously doubt that many candidates, GOP or DNC, could write “Kindness” on their resumes.

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  This isn't an election promo (altho it could be taken as such); it is simply a telling of how a man did what he could for a dying child.

24 comments:

  1. Politics, never understood the hype.

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    1. Nor do I. What happens will happen with the help of big money and manipulation.

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  2. Wow, that is interesting to know. I live in Ohio and I'm glad to know this about Kasich. What a heartbreaking story though.

    I really can't bear politics anymore. It's such a circus and all rings so false that I usually tune out.

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    1. At this point politics are like a game of tag at school. Or dodge ball.

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  3. Sadly I think that most politicians (regardless of party or country) are *off*.
    Kindness is a wonderful thing to hear about though. Thank you - and him.

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    1. Telling this story seemed important at this time. My sister believes strongly in him.

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  4. That the media wasn't alerted speaks volumes.

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  5. Kasich sounds like a genuine, kind man.

    The political/election process in the US goes on almost as long as "Days of Our Lives"!!!

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  6. From what I have observed, Gov. Kasich is the best of the bunch from that party. Whether I agree with his policies or not, he seems, intelligent, professional, and knowledgeable about the real problems of our country. I blame the media for giving all the press and attention to the clown candidates.

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    1. It has to do with money, I think. More money, more coverage.

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  7. Yes, they are off. Some of them are REALLY off.

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  8. No media says a lot. Unless his whole shtick was no media so that he'd get media for having no media. I never trust a politician lol

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    1. No, every politician would jump on a photo moment, but he didn't, out of respect for the family.

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  9. A politician with a heart, that's unusual. Might be the right one to vote for.
    I don't pay attention to all the pre-election hoo-ha out here, I just wait until voting day then vote with gut-feeling.

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  10. That's a sweet story. I've got blinders on right now. Too much blathering, and California is never a contender in picking the candidates anyway.

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    1. Blinders would be nice to have right now.

      "Blathering" a good Irish word.

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  11. There was a candidate last go around who had a lot of secret kindnesses uncovered too. I didn't hear about that nationally either. *big big sighs*

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  12. That was kind of him to do so. But I can't help and make myself believe those who're in politics. It's a circle of liars and honest people just don't wanna go and stuck there.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!