Jack, Charlie, Golf and Politics

Golf and politics have a lot in common. Both sometimes require a strong dose of alcohol just to participate. I was reading the political news this morning on both Fox and CNN and realized they reminded me of Jack and Charlie. Jack and Charlie were two friends, now gone, I used to play golf with. They were both gamblers, successful, had a drink now and then and had personalities that changed when they competed with each other. Both were okay guys but followers of the mantra that being on the offense always gave you an advantage because you knew where you were going and the other guy didn’t.
Jack and Charlie were both average golfers who often overestimated their own skills. They would usually play each other for $5 a hole. One day on the 16th tee one of them, I can’t remember which, but I assume it was the one who was behind at that point, wanted to press the bet suggesting they play the last three holes for $50 a hole. The other, always on the offensive, countered with $100 a hole and so the game was on. The foursome grew quiet as we knew this was not going to end well. Both Jack and Charlie were sure the other one couldn’t play under pressure, both were sure by running the bet up they had a better chance of winning. The final three holes that day were a par 4, par 5 and a par 3. The winning scores for each hole were a 7 and 8 and a 7. You see both were right and both were wrong because neither one of them really cared about the fact they were both terrible golfers, trapped in their own perceptions.
CNN ,Fox and both political parties keep running up the political bet with nit-picking, he said she said, slanted and at times, at best, ½ true stories Both the major internet news services and the political parties, they now strangely appear to represent, think they have a winning hand. Winning defined as advertising dollars for the media and 4 more years for the political parties.
In fact it is the American public of all persuasions that will be the loser just like the other two guys in the foursome on the golf course standing by and watching Jack and Charlie putting themselves in an explosive unwinnable situation while at the same time causing their own embarrassment as viewed by anyone standing on the outside.
Everyone involved should be put in the corner, facing the wall on a tall stool and told to shut up or else the currently lazy American public will start finding their own real facts instead of the inflammatory innuendo being pedaled by both sides and perhaps in the process put the miscreants out of their misery.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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