So, one of these things you want to be, and the other you don’t. As for me, I am the opposite of that equation.
Through this whole debacle that has been the 2012 Presidential election, there has been one question that has been nagging at me: when did it become wrong to be rich? All you hear is how Mitt Romney or this candidate or that candidate is “rich” and therefore cannot relate to the little man.
First of all, guess what - they’re all rich. Every candidate that you see running for federal office is rich. President Obama is a rich man. He has made a lot of money in his life. Does he have as much as Romney, no, but it’s kind of like my philosophy on the weather when I was serving my mission in Sacramento — once it gets over 100 degrees,, it doesn’t matter what the last two digits are on the thermometer, it’s just plain hot.
Similarly, once you have two commas in your bank account, it does not matter what the numbers are on the left side of that second comma, that is a ridiculous amount of money.
Second, being rich means that you have been successful at whatever you have decided to pursue in your life, a good quality in a presidential candidate. It may also mean that you have been smart with your money and know how to budget, another good quality to have as a chief administrator.
Being rich has gone from being celebrated to being reviled. Why? I still want to be rich. Hopefully, I still have time to try and achieve that goal. I don’t need to be five houses in five countries, 50 cars and a fleet of private jets rich, I’d take just one single, straight number past the second comma rich. Heck, I’d take more than one number past the first comma rich, for that matter.
Now, onto the second half of the title. Last week, a big deal was made about a reporter who went on television to defend her weight because a man had written in to her station to say she needed to drop a few pounds.
The reporter, Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV in LaCrosse, Wisc., said that the letter was bullying her. Not the case. Unless she has other examples of this man, Kenneth Krause, being abusive toward her about her weight, then this was not bullying, which is a repeated action.
What this is was someone being (while crude) critical of another. Livingston discredited his remarks as bullying, but credited those who flocked to her side as “inspiring.” Translation: if you do not agree with me you are a bully, and if you do agree with me you are inspiring. What happened to taking the good and the bad, ‘cause when you take them both then you have the facts of life, as the lyricist wrote.
She also compared her non-bully with those who would go after one’s race or gender. Wrong again. Race and gender are not something you can choose. You can choose to diet or not to diet. The fact of the matter is that two-thirds of the nation is deemed overweight or obese, myself included, and it is a concern.
I wonder if Livingston finds it bullying when the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, goes out campaigning against obesity, especially in children. That stance is against her chosen lifestyle.
In the end, Livingston said that she would not react to Krause’s advice of using the next year to be an example by losing weight. You know what, I will then.
I have to admit that I do have a head start to this. Over the past summer, I dropped some weight - considerable, actually, and honestly I have gained some of that back. However, with this in the spotlight, I see this as a great time to re-launch my goal and progress.
It’ll be fun, but wish me luck.
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