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We aren’t going to find a perfect candidate

Ross L. Talbott
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I saw a bumper sticker in the City Market parking lot that said, “When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.”

It seems to be a timely reminder. The political candidates are coming under daily attacks by the opposition, which is trying to denigrate their character by digging up everything negative from their past. The inference is that character flaws are permanent and thus disqualify them from public service.

In addition to every glitch in the candidates’ past that might be verifiable, critics invent allegations that can never be proven but are just word against word. You must wonder if the accusers were paid to be someone’s attack dog.

Herman Cain was driven out by non-verifiable accusations that were, even if true, far less serious than the actions of former presidents. One has passed away, but one is still hanging around and exerting major influence in his political party.

Who will be the next target of the character assassins?

Eliminating the one black candidate takes away the potential for neutralizing the racist attack tool.

The next threat is probably someone soft on illegal aliens. That candidate might pull away the Hispanic vote, therefore I speculate Newt Gingrich will be the next target.

If past mistakes and times of bad judgment eliminate persons from leadership positions, then that leaves us with one qualified candidate but he’s not running. We have been promised the return of Jesus Christ to rule the Earth, but in the meantime we work with what we have.

I like the event in scripture which relates the story of the people preparing to stone to death a woman caught in adultery. They tried to put Jesus on the spot but he said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” They all left, beginning with the eldest. The eldest obviously had the longest list.

As you contemplate casting stones, it might be a good time to look at your list. Aren’t you glad they can’t read your mind? After staring into your mental mirror, would you feel qualified to run for office?

There is a positive side to this whole scenario. I am not suggesting that total withdrawal is ever a good plan. It is said that you shouldn’t have to learn everything by experience. I agree with that but I have also found by experience that the best and most thorough teacher is experience.

The survivors of self-inflicted disasters are generally the most qualified to understand and anticipate and prevent a repeat of that disaster.

Can you really understand icy road driving until you’ve had an accident? Can you really understand addiction unless you’ve experienced its devastating consequences and the difficulty of rehabilitation?

As we suffer through the endless political debates and confrontations on TV, keep in mind that the one who has messed up the worst might be the best qualified. There is no chance at all of finding a perfect person running for office.

My brother always says, cynically, “Vote for the least worst.”

Search for candidates that are searching for truth. The fact that a candidate has changed positions can mean that they are just waffling to gain votes. On the other hand, it might mean they are discovering truth and wisdom.

If one is really searching for truth, it should be apparent in their political actions, their spiritual understanding and in personal relationships.

If you are yourself searching for truth, you will be better at recognizing that quality in others. Don’t you wonder why the “eldest” are not camping on Wall Street or in Cairo casting stones?

In these perilous times it might be helpful to seek out the elders and get some experiential advice.

By the way, call me if you want your stones back.

– “Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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