Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

That's a new one

Now I have encountered the complaint that Barack Obama is pushing wishy-washy healthcare reform to establish a positive personal legacy. Maybe I’m wrong, but don’t presidents generally establish a positive legacy by doing things that were good? I wonder if some people are afraid that Obama will establish a positive legacy, in the process showing that their ideals were unattainable or wrong.

This is one thing I try not to get wrong in my own life. When someone says such and such has to happen, I try to ask in return, What are you going to do when that doesn’t happen? Because ideals often are unattainable and should be put aside.

This is where Jesus says something about birdseed, or maybe warns people not to give rice to the pigeons.

(The problem with Bush Minor wasn’t that he was trying to establish a positive legacy, but that he was doing it so hopelessly and so lamely.)

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