Recently, while I went for a burger I bumped into the Obamas. See my stomach? During our friendly conversation, I asked Sasha what she wanted to be when she grows up.
She said she wanted to be President someday. Smiling cheek to cheek,
I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”
She enthusiastically replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”
“Wow…what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” I told her.
“What do you mean?” she replied.
So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”
I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”
Of course we all know the Republican party has strayed from these principles but that’s beside the point. The failure of politicians to follow a particular set of principles does not condemn the principles themselves.