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Thou pollest too much, methinks (standard:humor, 903 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Nov 11 2012Views/Reads: 1082/747Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Now that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what “normal” really means. One man’s “normal” is another man’s “over the cliff.”

Now that we have gotten past the recent elections, we can get back to
life as normal. Of course, I am not sure what “normal” really means. 
One man's “normal” is another man's “over the cliff.” 

I am not quite sure I am normal and I fear bringing this query to the
Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. My fear is that she will tell me 
the truth. You know what we Americans think about the truth. 

There was a time when truth was a pretty stable thing. There were
certain things that were absolute truth and no if's, and's or but's 
about it. Those were the good old days. 

Nowadays truth is not as clear as it once was. What was true in “the
day,” is now altogether a different matter. Being the simpleminded man 
that I am, it is very hard for me to keep up with all of this nonsense. 
I mean, after all, how do you know what is true if it changes all the 
time? I think if it is true, it is always true. That only beguiles my 

If truth is as slippery as some people are indicating, how do I know
what is true today? It does not matter what was true yesterday. That 
was yesterday. Today is a new day and henceforth, what was true 
yesterday is not true today. To make matters even more confusing, what 
is true today will not be true tomorrow. 

I believe the reason I am getting bald on the top is that I am
scratching my head too much lately. I cannot seem to make heads or 
tails out of all the nonsense transpiring today as truth. How do people 
keep up and know what is really true? 

If I plan to live quite a few more years, I am going to have to get a
handle on this very thing. I am not quite sure where to go. Something 
has to be done so that I can figure out day by day what is really true. 

I shared my dilemma with my better half and as is usually the situation,
she came up with a brilliant answer. Please, do not let her know I said 
that. She might get a big head and we cannot afford to buy a whole new 
set of hats. 

She simply said, “Why don't you do what the politicians do?” 

I did not quite know what she was getting at, so I inquired further. 

“Silly,” her pet name for Yours Truly, “the politicians always take a
poll before they decide on anything.” 

It dawned on me like a morning in June. Of course. Whenever a politician
wants to know what truth is flying on any given day, he reverts to 
taking a poll. Out of that poll, he can know what the truth is for that 
day. Amazing. 

I need to learn some lessons from today's politician. 

The first thing I need to understand from a politician's point of view
is, “What I am saying at the time is not necessarily what I mean.” 

This is convenient and frees me up to say things I normally might put a
check on. The check's in the mail and I now am free to say whatever is 
on my mind at the moment. The first thing I need to do is find out what 
is on the mind of the people I am talking to. Whatever is on their mind 
is exactly what is on my mind. 

This has such a freeing aspect to it. 

Another thing from a politician's viewpoint is, “What I said yesterday
doesn't count today.” This also is from the polling machine. The 
amazing thing about most people is they do not remember what was said 
yesterday. A very poor politician reminds people of what they said 
yesterday. A politician needs to tell them what he is saying today. 
Because today's truth is today's truth. No need to worry about 
tomorrow. Tomorrow will be reflected by tomorrow's polling. 

This is very important because it reduces the necessity to use any sort
of memory whatsoever. Because what I said yesterday does not really 

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