Written on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by Dennis Marcellino
I’ve been a professional singer for many years. For example I was a member of the band who had the mega hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens). But I wasn’t always a good singer. In fact I was a bad singer when I started. (That should give hope to all who say they will never be a good singer J But because I enjoyed singing so much and wanted to make a living at it, I decided to take lessons
In searching for a good teacher, here’s something I learned: Those who can – do. Those who can’t do – teach. Those who can’t teach – teach P.E. (Of course I’m just joking here.)
That is, why would someone who decided to pursue singing and learn singing techniques (which they now teach) decide to just teach singing? It is because they aren’t good enough as a singer/performer to make a living just singing. There’s also the possibility that they don’t want to have a career as a singer or maybe they are just supplementing their income by teaching. But that’s not what I encountered. I tried many singing teachers and none of them could sing well. And therefore they weren’t able to teach me how to sing well. They put me through a lot of exercises, but that just confused me more.
But I did finally find a retired opera singer (who was in his 80s and had Alzheimer’s) who was able to teach me some good things about singing.
My point here is this. Is it reasonable to expect someone who has never been successful economically to be able to teach another how to be successful economically, let alone an entire nation?
Therefore, with Romney being the most successful of all the candidates (including Obama), isn’t his understanding of how it’s done what we would want to guide us out of the economic problems we’re in (both personally and collectively)?
I remember when I was in my 20s in California, the state was in bad financial shape. But then this new governor came in (Ronald Reagan) and turned the state with a deficit into a state with a surplus. I didn’t know exactly how he did it, but even though I was a liberal, anti-establishment musician, I had to respect him for that. (Of course I’m not a liberal anymore, and haven’t been for 30 years.)
Therefore I find it really disgusting to hear the democrats craft and deliver sound bytes regarding Romney’s success as a negative in an attempt to pull the wool over a sound byte oriented public’s eyes by painting him to be an out of touch wealthy person. Frankly we want someone who is out of touch with poverty to lead people out of poverty (as he once crafted a successful life for himself through make-no-excuses hard work). But because of the sound byte mentality, where people just parrot those thoughts and base their votes on them, it’s unfortunate that inadequate people end up in powerful political positions (e.g. Obama).
So if the economy is going to be the issue in November, the main point to be made over and over is Romney’s success as an economic strategist (both on the personal and political level) and Obama’s failure as one.
Behind Romney’s success is a history of pursuing education and hard work. And it’s unfortunate to hear people fight against hard work in favor of hand outs, and then see democrat politicians get their vote by appealing to their greed and sloth.
Plus Romney looks like an “adult” in a nation where adults are becoming more and more of an endangered species (both men and women). And I say this from the perspective of someone who grew up in the fifties when most grown ups were respectable and upright adults (not tattooed, crude and addicted … especially the role models).
Dennis Marcellino is the author of The Plague Of Liberalism (which can be seen at www.ThePlagueOfLiberalism.com) and THE Solutions (which can be seen at www.TheOptimumPoliticalSolutions.com). His music can be seen and heard at www.DennisMarcellino.com.)