Vetting Different

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When it comes right down to it, what do we really know about different?  How do we know if it can hold up its end, in the long run?  What are the stakes if different doesn’t quite gel with the customary, yet necessary status quo?  Come to think of it, how much different do we even want; a little or a lot?  I’m sure we all know why testing different is necessary; I don’t have to say.  But I think it’s a must-do, not only because a choice has been duly made but also because that choice was made without America really knowing all the facts about different.  So let’s proceed.


Let’s start by identifying those places where different isn’t a good fit.  I think it safe to say that we don’t want different in any of the mass transit motor operations.  I mean, you don’t want bus drivers barreling down the avenue blindfolded using the force, right?  And you don’t want different anywhere near an airplane cockpit or a train engineer.  How great would it be if your mail carrier starting doing his route differently?  Next thing you know your Social Security check winds up in the mailbox of the dicey house a few doors down.  No, we agree there’re some places that different shouldn’t be allowed to travel.


Likewise, there are others where different can be a blessing, an innovation depending on how well its human host wields it.  Medicine comes to mind.  They’re making gains in medical research that are directly resulting in saving lives; all because someone tried something different.  People can get rich by being different; sometimes legally, other times, not so much.  But for all the good it could do, different is finicky. Sometimey.  And in the hands of an amateur, different can be disastrous.


Jabberwocky - Lesson in Manufacturing Efficiency


Parenting is one of those places where it can go either way.  Either you’re a different kind of parent because you can successfully relate to your kids on their level while maintaining a modicum of parental dignity, or yours is a natural selection approach to child-rearing, that pits your brood against the neighborhood, creating sociopathic predators that we might be reading about some day. 


The presidency is a lot like parenting.  Either the POTUS will relate to his family-country, effectively enabling all members to lead fuller and richer lives or his different will ruin the family nation by destroying institutions and setting men against each other.


We elected different without vetting it fully; without determining how well it would, or even could, work for us.  We had no idea about even our own tolerance for it and now, after almost a year, we’re seeing the patience that got different elected, is wearing woefully thin.  And that’s the danger of the two-sided, dual-natured different that escaped those who voted for it.  You never know when the jabberwocky is going to show up.   


YouTube Video; Jabberwocky – Lesson in Manufacturing Efficiency by Kendragon Ducati.



Flying Junior Added Dec 20, 2017 - 2:57am
Thank you for taking the time to be so different.
Ben McCargo Added Dec 20, 2017 - 7:15am
You're welcome, U2
Neil Lock Added Dec 20, 2017 - 7:54am
I'm looking at this from the east side of the pond, so maybe I'm not fully informed. But the impression I got during the election process is that many people went for Trump, not because he was different, but because they were fed up with the same.
If he turns out to be just another one of them, or he turns out to be different but in different ways from what the people who voted him in wanted, it isn't going to work. And next time, people may go for someone even more different, and perhaps in a worse way. But that's what democracy (an already failed system, in my view) does.
Dino Manalis Added Dec 20, 2017 - 8:15am
We should always strive for peace; stability; and prosperity at home and abroad!
George N Romey Added Dec 20, 2017 - 8:22am
Neal I believe most Trump voters went with him because he at least acknowledged problems in this country. However if he can’t or won’t solve the problems then he’s nothing more than another politician full of hot air. Some will stay by his side but others have and will write him off as just another failure.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 20, 2017 - 8:41am
Dino - No offense, really, but I have to ask two things. First, what is with the Flintstones avatar? No problem with it, just curious.
Second - This is I guess more of a statement really, you know you pop up in all of these threads with sweetness and light sprinkled on everything like some kind of digital prozac tablet. Not a criticism, just an observation.  I never see any posts from you so...are you like some kind of monitor, facilitator? What?
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 20, 2017 - 8:43am
As to topic..... Forgive me if I note that your target for vetting seems to be rather selective in its approach. One could just as easily written this in December of 2009
Autumn Cote Added Dec 20, 2017 - 4:48pm
Please note, it's against the rules to post articles here unless you comment on the work of others.  
Ben McCargo Added Dec 20, 2017 - 9:47pm
To Neal:  You said, 
"many people went for Trump, not because he was different, but because they were fed up with the same."
I don't know but that sounds like the same thing.  I mean if you vote for something that's not the same, aren't you voting for something different?  My point was when do we question whether different is working for us?  Because once we determine that it's not then maybe it'd be time to reexamine the customary?  At least, the customary that ,maintains the status-quo of stability, integrity, honor, stuff like that.
To BurghalH: When you say, 
"your target for vetting seems to be rather selective in its approach."
I don't think so.  Personally I wouldn't have considered Obama a different type of president just because of his race.  I mean, damn, even I don't think we that tricked up.  Obama maintained the dignity of the office; something that pissed a lot of people off, those who expected that-insert your word here-to fail.  I'm not talking about race, I'm talking about intellect.  I'm talking about honesty and following the traditions of the presidency.  Obama  did his due diligence.  And to your point, different doesn't.  And then goes on as if there can't possibly be any consequences.  
Ben McCargo Added Dec 20, 2017 - 10:01pm
To George: you said, "others have and will write him off as just another failure."
I guess I'm wondering when do we start to worry.  I mean it was a gamble, always is in politics but when you do different, it can be problematic; depending on how different, different is.  Because it's the minds of those "others' you wrote of that the discourse has to reach and hopefully sway.
To BurghalH:  I thought of something that I want to check and I'll get back to you. 
To Neal: You said,
"And next time, people may go for someone even more different, and perhaps in a worse way."
That's true Neal, but there's different and then, there's different.  The usual different we get is on a viewpoint,a stance or worst, an agenda.  When you see different as a total disregard of practiced policies and protocol, that's dangerous.  And if such different is elected, when do we start calling it what it is, especially as situations arise?  That's a question I don't think we're able to answer and we need to be.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Dec 21, 2017 - 12:38am
I guess I'm wondering when do we start to worry
About 30 years ago. 
Dave Volek Added Dec 21, 2017 - 10:10am
America does have a different kind of president, that's for sure. But for better or worse, the American constitution is going to keep him in check. In the end, I don't think it will make much difference.
I don't see how any vetting process will help.
Even A Broken Clock Added Dec 21, 2017 - 3:10pm
Ben, thanks for a thoughtful piece. Different is a bit of an understatement for the journey we have committed ourselves to. So far I don't sense any sort of on-the-job learning on the part of the President, but I do sense a large swing of sycophancy growing around the corpulent body in charge.
Ben McCargo Added Dec 21, 2017 - 5:09pm
To Dave: So, you don't think vetting would've help?  See, I'm thinking that one of the things that would happen during a vetting process is an interview, where we, the American public would listen to different and determine whether or not it would be a good fit for us.  Problem is that we didn't listen to what different said.  Either that or some of us heard him fully and thought that the possible bad with the promised "good" would make everything OK. 
But I digress...
 Think back on all the things different said and then tell me that you're fully assured that different will abide by the law.  Different thinks he's above the law, truly.  Who's to say that what's not needed isn't a bold swift,different move to shore up the foundations of liberty?  After all, he's different, right?  Think back, to 2016, a campaign rally in Iowa, where boasted unabashedly of an ability to commit murder: 
I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters."
 That was different giving us a hint as to their intent and it totally went over the heads of most Americans.  And you speak of checks and balances that the Constitution provides?  Different begs to differ since  they forcefully acknowledged straightforwardly to America that 
"the only one that matters is me.  I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it, that's what the policy is going to be. You've seen that, you've seen it strongly." 
 Maybe it's me but That's doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement of adherence to Constitutional checks and balances to me.  Does it to you?  Let me know and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! Be good.
Ben McCargo Added Dec 21, 2017 - 5:22pm
To EABC  No worries and thank you foe the kudos and yes, roll your pants legs up because the river of sh*t is rising in the Beltway.  And for the fecal matter to be ascending to the level it is, it must be a profound amount of bull being bandied about.  And they said Putin knew how to handle an asset?
Oh well, to you also, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!  Be good.
Ben McCargo Added Dec 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
To Jeff: Clinton, right?   Wow.  Clinton didn't worry me.  Even two terms of George Bush, and the beginnings of Iraq and Afghanistan, didn't worry me because neither of them was different.  At least not in the same manner of the different we're experiencing today.  
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!!  Be good.
Thomas Napers Added Dec 22, 2017 - 8:02pm
I think Trump represents the status quo and Obama was the one that was different.  After all, it was under Obama’s watch that America added a vast new entitlement despite already being $17 trillion in debt.  It was under Obama’s watch that it was deemed acceptable to apologize to Russia, despite the fact Putin had just invaded a sovereign nation.  It was under Obama’s watch we released 5 hardened terrorists for an army deserter.  No other president would do that stuff, making Obama the different one. 
Ben McCargo Added Dec 22, 2017 - 11:31pm
To Thomas: Tomato, Tomahto; you say entitlement, I say philanthropy.  Furthermore, I say philanthropy to your fellow Americans, since we want to put America first.  It always amazes me how some praise sending millions of dollars in aid overseas in the form of foreign policy but those same folk choke at the thought of offering a penny to aid their countrymen.  Yes, I'm a liberal, with a hint of centrist conservatism thrown in just to keep things interesting.  Can't help it that I care about people, sometimes. try to, even though they tend to...let's not go there.  Anyway, and as for Obama's relationship with Putin, You make it sound as if Obama was soft on Putin.  I think that's a partisan, political argument more than a critique.  Besides, it wasn't the on-again, off-again bromance we have going on now.  Any missteps Obama may have made pall in comparison to the different we have now.  But I will grant that Obama is a good example of how well different can enhance some situations, even in government.  I will agree with you on that.  Merry Christmas, Tom and Happy Holidays!