I’ll be the judge of that

Easy to judge someone isn’t it?

Just take a look at the comments on most of the mainstream newspaper articles and you will see that there are people ready to sit in judgement of others based on what they read about them.

They proclaim that those claiming benefits are ‘feckless’ and ‘workshy’ and do not deserve the support of the ‘hardworking taxpayer’, who just happen to work far too hard and are far too smart for anything like unemployment and destitution to happen to them.

They announce that the benefits are of course spent on ‘booze and ciggies’ they are mostly alcoholic, a drain on society and should be issued with food tokens to ensure that they spend the money on food and essential items. They should ‘get a job’ even though many of them will have just lost one through no fault of their own.

But according to these armchair critics sitting behind the safety of their keyboard, it is quite acceptable to set themselves up as ‘judge and jury’ and pass sentence on those who don’t match up to their own immaculate standards.

But you and I aren’t like that are we? Then let me ask you a question,

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, had eight children already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you suggest that she have an abortion?

But before you answer that question, have a go at making a decision based on some facts. It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate one associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate two was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate three is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, non- smoker, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Have you made a decision? Who did you select?

Candidate one is Franklin D. Roosevelt, Candidate two is Winston Churchill and Candidate three is Adolph Hitler, how did you get on?

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: If you said yes, you just robbed the World of Beethoven.

Maybe it’s not quite so simple after all.

2 comments for “I’ll be the judge of that

  1. 2 February, 2012 at 11:42

    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and thanks to David to bringing my attention the fact that some of the information I have used may be inaccurate! I may have unintentionally proved the point that I was trying to make on myself!

    It seems that on this occasion I have not used my own judgement as well as perhaps I could have done and have assumed the information to be correct without actually checking it for credibility. It has reminded me of the importance of checking rather than assuming and I very much hope that I am able to put that to good use in the future!

    However, I still believe in the generality of the point I was trying to make and hope you will accept it, without necessarily agreeing with it.

  2. 2 February, 2012 at 10:46

    As we’re copying myths from the Internet, I’ve copied the rebuttal to the Beethoven myth, thus:
    “Though Ludwig Van Beethoven’s parents did have 7 children. Beethoven was NOT the youngest. He was the 2nd born child to his parents on December 17th 1770. The first born was named Ludwig Maria. Though Ludwig Maria did die six days after his birth. There is no knowledge that he was born blind, deaf or mentally retarded”.
    David Kerr

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