* Editor's Commentaries - #79  "The Vision thing" {don't bother me, I'm trying to catch the vision!}


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.  Do you recall a former President who is known for many colorful statements he made during his campaigns for the Presidency and his term as Presidency, and perchance during his eight years as Vice-President?  The term "colorful" used here is not intended as a euphemism for indecent language; but rather is used to mean colorful!

The former President I am referring to is routinely referred to as 41 by his son the President who refers to himself as 43.  GHWB, i.e., George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of these United States of America did see fit to use, if not coin, various figures of speech from time to time which received a large amount of attention; but the one figure of speech referred to here is his use of the term "The Vision Thing"!

Examples of other figures of speech used by GHWB are: "Voodoo Economics"; "this shall not stand!"; 'little brown babies"; and "The Vision Thing."

George H.W. Bush used the bombshell figure of speech "Voodoo Economics" to scathingly denounce the supply-side Economics favored and espoused by front-running Republican Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan, and to ridicule Ronald Reagan's intelligence, competence, judgment, and fitness to serve as President, this to strike at the heart of Reagan's campaign and cause him irrevocable damage, while boosting Bush's own Presidential campaign.

Is such behaviour unprecedented?  No, of course not; cheap shots are 'old hat' in political campaigns, politics, business, "love," and war.

"This shall not stand" was used by WWII hero Bush in his Rose Garden speech decrying and challenging Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, and actually is a Biblical figure of speech (yes, though he may not have known it, it is drawn from the Holy Bible!).

Bush's use of the term "little brown babies" if it was racist was nonetheless directed at his own family, as he said it in reference to Jeb Bush's children, his grandchildren; thus one can hardly view it as anything other than comical & colorful.

And that brings us to "The Vision Thing."  An curious use of language don't you think?  To use Vision in conjunction with Thing, seriously cheapens the lofty "Vision," it muddies the far-sighted "Vision," and makes the inspired "Vision" pedestrian and common if not downright suspect.  But, interestingly enough, I think that is essentially how Bush felt about it, and was smarting at having to provide some grandiose "Vision" for the country, e.g., "a bridge to the 21st Century...."  While Bush's use of "The Vision Thing" may have simply been an exacerbated utterance off the top of his head, or it may have been carefully scripted by his speechwriting staff of expert wordsmiths, upon reflection it does wonderfully sum up the pompous, vain-glorious idiocy that passes for prophetic leadership in politics, in corporate America, and in Academia across this man-centered (and woman-centered ) nation.  Regardless whether Bush's statement was spontaneous or scripted it nonetheless was true, he did not get "The Vision Thing," but in a disarming way he seemingly was more candid about his lack than those who make so much to do about their Vision! for this and for that....

Vision is something very rare in this time we live in, very rare in the church, in politics, government, the legal system, education, business, science, medicine, literature, journalism, and the arts....  Vision has always been comparatively rare, and true vision rarer yet, but there was a time in this nation when vision was less exceedingly rare, and so-called "common sense" was less uncommon.

But back to politics: Vision is an utterly requisite, absolutely indispensable quality for a leader to have, as is godly wisdom.   The higher the position, the higher the office, the greater the role, the more demanding the occasion, the more desperate the times, the greater the need for Vision and godly wisdom.  Vision is a God-given gift in truth, as is godly wisdom.  George H.W. Bush was devoid of true Vision, godly Vision, even though he clearly had much greater worldly wisdom than his son the President, as can be seen by his assessment of how to deal with Saddam Hussein and the nations now called Iraq, and how not to (as recorded in his biography).  Still, former President Bush (may I call him Bush Sr.?), was the rule rather than the exception with regard to his dearth of godly Vision.  Even true Vision is invariably limited; limited in scope, in horizon, in relation to any number of variables.  People of Vision typically only are given a glimpse or perhaps glimpses; they may see clearly ahead for a considerable distance in time, but not beyond a certain horizon, or not beyond a narrow range or field, or they may see clearly with reference to a nation or nations, or the world during their lifetime...but not see clearly with regard to their own life, their family, and those people about them; you might liken these "visionaries" to absent-minded professors.  Why is it that a person may see things clearly which virtually none others do, yet fail to discern some very ordinary things which likely would be expected to be understood by anyone?  It is because the Vision I am writing about is spiritual vision.  Because Vision, true Vision is spiritual, it cannot be created by man, it must come from God alone.  You might say figuratively that when it comes to Vision, though most people are blind, that even those who see, have impediments in their vision, e.g., tunnel vision, near-sightedness, far-sightedness, color blindness, or worse yet disease conditions marring their vision, e.g., stigmatisms, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration...and so forth.  You see, true Vision is spiritual and is not about the physical senses nor even the mind, it is communicated by God, and God is very selective in His choice of whom to communicate with, what to communicate, and how much to communicate, even as He is selective in determining whom to grace with godly wisdom.  He chooses whom He will, as He wills, and He does not give His communications to have them squandered.  Furthermore, God is a jealous God, and if one whom He has given Vision to attempts to share God's glory, the Vision will surely cease; for God will not share His glory with any sinful imperfect person, and there is no person whom is not sinful and imperfect.  Jesus was very man and very God, the living Son of the living God, and even He was ever and always careful to give all of the glory to God the Father.

You will note that I have strayed into talking about God in the body of this commentary, that was not my intention, but it is the way I have been led.

* Ronald Reagan incidentally graduated from Eureka College with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, of all things; yes, actor Ronald Reagan!  But of course, you should understand Bush's disdain for Reagan, Bush was of the Blue Blood elites, his father Senator Bush of Connecticut, Bush could respect adversaries if they came from the same societal circles as he did, if they were Ivy League alums of Yale and Harvard, Princeton and Brown, Dartmouth and U. Penn...but a man of such exceedingly modest beginnings as Reagan was, compounded by his being a former professional actor and a Union "boss" (albeit an exceedingly successful President of two large unions, composed of many thousands of people with very large egos), Reagan so far from the pre-Ivy prep schools and the Ivy League undergraduate and graduate programs was a graduate of a little college named Eureka! and worst of all, he was a thoroughly nice, unassuming, humble man of unshakable convictions and large talents.  But after former President Ford foolishly overplayed his hand in trying to force Reagan to agree to grant him de facto co-Presidency if they should be elected, instead of the Vice-Presidency; Reagan immediately called George H.W. Bush and offered him the Vice-Presidential nomination, instead of wisely selecting a deserving and like-minded man like Congressman John Ashford.


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Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.


Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied"), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}


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Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.


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what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.


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