I got this from my Septic Tank guy. He's a Civil Engineer, who owns a septic tank business, so he's my kinda guy. A man who is obviously very smart, but who still knows hard work. Read on.
The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade in 2008.
The presidential election was
heating up and some of the children showed an interest.
decided we would have an election for a Class President.
We would choose our nominees. They would
make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify
the process, candidates were nominated by other class
We discussed what kinds of characteristics
these students should have.
We received many
nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to
run for the top spot.
The class had done a great job in
their selections. Both candidates were good kids.
thought Jamie might have an advantage because he had lots of
I had never even seen Olivia's
The day arrived when they were to make their
Jamie went first.
He had specific
ideas about how to make our class a better place. They were
well thought out, and would benefit everyone in the class. He
ended by promising to do his very best.
applauded and he sat down. Now it was Olivia's turn to
Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will
vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She then sat
The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice
Surely she would say more, but she did not have
A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for
the ice cream? Would her parents buy it or would the class pay
for it...She didn't know, and the class really didn't care.
She simply reassured them they would receive ice cream, and
lots of it. They took her at her word. All they were thinking
about was ice cream.
Jamie was forgotten, and Olivia
won by a landslide. Two months have passed since the
election, and the class has yet to eat ice cream. Her
classmates ask Olivia when they will have ice cream, and she
tells them she is working very hard on getting it for them,
but there are lots of obstacles slowing her down. She
reassures them they will get it, and they again take her at
Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth, he
offered ice cream and 51.4 % of the people reacted like nine
year olds. They wanted ice cream. The other 48.6% percent know
they're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the
It don't know if it's true or if it's made up, but I can't top THAT thing if I live to be 200 years old!.