Fremdschamen is one of those great German words that expresses an idea more accurately and succinctly than anything in English.  (There’s supposed to be an umlaut over the “a” but I can’t figure out how to make that happen on WordPress).  It means feeling vicarious shame over something someone else has said or done.  After Rick Perry’s gaff during last night’s debate makes me blush whenever I think about it.  That blank mental disconnect has happened to all of us at some point, but why oh why?!  The man hasn’t had a single good showing in a debate!

What’s really depressing is what it looks like we may be left with are the smooth-talkers, who sound great but have a history of doing the opposite of what they’re saying they’ll do now.  Why is it so hard to find someone who’s principled and well-spoken?



About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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