And then, they wrote a book February 25, 2008Posted by ourfriendben in Uncategorized, wit and wisdom.
Tags: books, politics, values
Our friend Ben has been struck by the prolific bookwriting efforts of our presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton has written two books; Obama, three books; McCain, five books; Ron Paul, six books; and Mike Huckabee, the winner as of this writing with eight authored or coauthored books. Now, our friend Ben has also written books–I’m a writer and editor by profession, and that’s how I spend my time when I’m not gardening, visiting the chickens, cooking, birdwatching, reading, or otherwise having a good time. So I can say with some authority that book writing takes time, thought, research, and concentration.
As noted, this is my profession. However, it’s been my understanding that our candidates’ profession has been to represent we the people in the Senate, House, or Governor’s Office. And our friend Ben has always assumed that these were full-time, high-level, super-intense jobs, where one was always in meetings and/or enacting law, catching up on legislation and national and international news, being briefed and debriefed, etc., not to mention occasionally checking in with one’s constituency. So I have to ask myself, when do our candidates find all this time to write?
Perhaps they’ve discovered some secret of physics unknown to us mere mortals that lets them compress two days’ worth of time into every one. (I suspect Martha Stewart and Oprah have already discovered this.) Perhaps they’ve simply abandoned such useful human pursuits as sleep, eating, spending time with their families, and, say, doing the morning crossword, shopping at the local farmers’ market, or taking a walk in the park.
Perhaps abandoning what it means to be a well-rounded person is required of those who choose to run for office, and is why so few of us are willing to do it. But for all our sakes, I hope our candidates don’t forget what it is to be fully human, or it will take more than a village to put us all back together again.