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Why Not A President Who's "Dancing On The Ceiling?"

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I have been watching our future Presidential candidates caucus and spar all over the USA and seen what they stand for and it makes me gag like a contestant on Fear Factor.

Some guy named after a baseball glove that relishes putting people out of work, another guy named after a slinky lizard, which wanted his ex-wife to agree to letting him be unfaithful and a slew of other characters that inspire all the confidence of the cast of a “SpongeBob Squarepants” cartoon.

Recently, I found myself in another establishment along Hempstead Turnpike that serves glasses of chilled alcoholic beverages made from malted grain that come from a tap and fresh pretzels, waiting for the athletic game of the evening to start. Somehow the conversation on my side of the squared bar drifted to politics.

I usually try to avoid conversations about politics, religion, immigration and intricate medical procedures in places with alcohol. I usually start with a non-descript thought provoking comment like, “Isn’t a ventriloquist dummy who makes pre-prepared speeches and sings just a puppet that lip synchs?” which normally evokes a whole assortment of comical responses. However, this time the man sitting next to me quickly responded with, “ Isn’t a politician who makes pre-prepared speeches and rhetoric just a puppet too?” 

Apparently, this wizened and educated gentleman was an adjunct college professor of history. And after a few minutes of amazingly enlightening conversation, he said something I found to be astounding, but with a host of logical, rational reasons to support his arguments, some of which I will try to share.

It is this person’s opinion (not mine) that a perfect candidate for President of the United States of America is Lionel Richie. This person believes that Lionel has all the qualifications to make this country great once again. He said that having a President of color is a concept that is long past due and he would like not to see that important contribution marred by the current Commander and Chief. He feels that our next leader should be someone who has led, but not one of the current members of the donkey and elephant circus that is currently in government.

He feels that it should be someone who is used to speaking from the heart to the media, has traveled the world on business and dealt with world leaders prior to his election. It should be someone who has dealt with political backstabbing like in Hollywood, exemplifies an American upbringing, has worked with members of a security force and is well liked by many all over the world, which makes a ton of sense, so I explored the facts after I left and here is what I found.

Lionel Richie (born June 20, 1949) is currently a 63-year-old successful American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute and was fascinated by the accomplishments of the Tuskegee airmen and other minority accomplishments growing up. He is wealthy and sophisticated and has a level head. He owns 16 super successful companies with thousands of loyal, happy employees. He was one of the writers and organizers of “We Are The World,” which brought musicians from all genres together and unified the world for a short time.  

Richie is very popular with Jews, Arabs, Asians and many other peoples of varied ethnic backgrounds and diversified religions and cultures. The public knows about the embarrassing members of his family and past, so he has nothing to hide. He has done more for the poor and other American citizens to date than many of the candidates did. Richie is a true American, from head to toe. He allows his actions to speak louder than his words. On May 30, 2010, Richie performed at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C., singing  "America the Beautiful." Richie himself is from an upstanding military family. And the list of accomplishments goes on and on. So this idea has some real merit.    

Maybe the next time I find myself in a similar establishment waiting for the athletic game of the evening to start and am looking for a thought provoking comment with which to pass the time with other patrons, I might try, “So what do YOU think if Lionel Ritchie ran for President of the United States of America?” And maybe on my upcoming presidential ballot, I’ll even use him as my write in vote. Truly!

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paul February 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
To Bill: You have done it again. You have confused your readers by your writing skills or lack there of. Its OK - you decide? Since the holiday of Passover will soon be upon us, I will use the below analogy: As tuff as the passover haggadah is to read, your blog is much tougher. (not for the better) After a while, at least the haggadah makes some sense...
Tom Dawgs February 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Yo Pauline, Sounds like you definitely have a comprehension issue! I’ve been following this guy’s humor ever since he started writing and have enjoyed reading it less and less since you’ve started your ignorant rhetoric in the form of harassment. Bill still makes me smile with his posts, but I know at the end....YOU...like the cockroach you are, will be there to bother me. How I’d like to step on you and hear the crunch. To have an educated opinion is one thing...but your attempt to spoil a good column with what you have to offer is more than I can sit back and overlook. GO AWAY! No one cares what you have to say, let alone what your twisted, hateful mind comes up with. This post makes perfect sense and is intended to be an analogy of what poor freakin’ choices we will be afforded again in this upcoming election. I for one was thinking of a Sponge Bob Square Pants write in. Don’t laugh pal...Sponge Bob seems to be a mental giant compared to you. Bother somebody else.....somewhere else!
paul February 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
To Mr. Tom Dawgs: Actually it sounds more like: (remember its my opinion) 1) You changed your screen name to post this. 2) This is your first ever comment on the patch with this name. 3) You truly believe this is funny in some sort of warped way. 4) The author has asked you to post something because usually no one else does. 5) Yes you smile at Bills stuff probably not out of joy but some unknown reason (perhaps halitosis or flatulence) 6) Your opinion to vote for Sponge Bob would be a wasted vote. (your decision) 7) I too think Sponge Bob would be good choice (in the booby hatch) 8) I may be wrong but I doubt it, Bill put you up to this and you did not comment on your own volition. (if I am wong so be it) 9) I will stop at eight... There is certainly no need for your tuff guy attitude. Bill can and has certainly spoken out for himself in the past. Not with any useful english language, but he has. We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy words as you have chosen to use.... Sincerely, The Smarter One
Tom Dawgs February 09, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Once again Smarter guy..... 1. I've been reading this column for a long time...Since it's beginning. 2. I never felt the need to comment....just read and smile or laugh a little. 3. You are a sad individual if you think I've used vulgarity or tuff guy words. It simply reinforces my comment about your comprehension dude. NOW GO AWAY and bother someone else. Maybe you should write your own column if you have so much to constantly remark about.
paul February 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
To Mr. Tom Dawgs: Thank you for acknowledging me pointing out your use of tuff guy words. No reason to speak of your comprehension inabilities. Your honesty is very encouraging. As far as whether or not I should write my own column or not, I already do and you have found it as entertaining as I do. Thank you for reading.....
Bill Alderman February 09, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thank you for your views and support Tom. I know many people who read my blog , but refuse to comment publically because of this kind of responder treatment and stalking. I appreciate the kind words and find it funny that a person would find my blog confusing. I'm not here to lecture or harangue, just comment about local and other things as I see them. It seems that some people just don't get it and it might be best if you let the Patch editors deal with the people bent on constant, relentless Cyber harrassment. Thanks again Dawg.
paul February 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
To Bill: Thats non sense. If someone likes reading your blog they will. Thay can not avoid it. It is right in front of them when they log on to the days events on the Patch. Cyber harrassment? I thnk not. We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy words as your chum Mr. Dawg has chosen to use previously.. It is obvious to the naked eye that you have asked MR. Dawg to write and defend you in some way. OK he did. You now publicly thank him as if it was not a planned jesture.... I now have no doubt in my mind who "The Smarter One" is... He has just responded!
Shelle February 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Omg I so am not the type of person to blog stuff but paul if you really dont like the writing or the subjects then please stop waisting your time by posting how much you dont like it and in turn our time by interfearing in the people who like reading the comments of the others that enjoy and fully understand this writing. To bill love it! So many good factual points. Once again you left your readers with the "you know what, yeh, good point" bravo!
Bill Alderman February 09, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank you for your views and support Shelle. I know many people who read my blog but never respond openly. They just read my blogs and smile inwardly. I never claimed my views were correct or the gospel, they are just my views. But to call me names or tell me constantly, over and over and over that I am confusing, is just not right While it maight be someones opinion , to harp on that is too much for others to bear . Thanks again .. BTW if this is the Shelle I think it is.... How's your MOM?
Shelle February 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Yah its me lol. shes is good. Ill tell u about the new tests she is doin on mon. Have a good weekend. :)
paul February 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
To Shelle: Thank you for your above comment. It is refreshing to know that Bill is not alone in his thoughts. However a scary thought, but not alone. I am sure he is comforted by the fact that you enjoy his literature. You are welcome to read the blog and chose not to read the comments. Then feel free to do so..... We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy/gal words. Bill you know that makes two persons you entertain, Mr. Dawg and Shelle.... Thank you for also letting me entertain for a while too...
paul February 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
To Bill: "They just read my blogs and smile inwardly." Are they embarrassed to show an outward smile of joy?
Susan February 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I really liked this blog. It's one of the better ones. And I love Lionel Richie as well. Btw, Bill didn't even say that this was HIS opinion. He clearly stated he was talking to a history professor who shared HIS idea. Bill was really just the storyteller. I'd vote for Lionel over the Republican 'candidates' we've seen so far. I also noticed how all the candidates have strange names. LOL.
Tom Dawgs February 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
To Paul: Look, I'm going to comment one more time for your benefit. I am a duel resident of both central Pennsylvania and the finger lake region of upstate New York. I simply enjoy reading Mr. Alderman's column along with select others and really don't care who you think I am, or what I do. I could actually care less how much of a low life heckler you are, because like a fly, you simply bother people with your nasty buzz. Mr. Alderman makes people smile...while you do not. It is really too bad that you have to target other people to show you have something to say. Are you that boring and nasty that you cannot come up with a post of your own or do you know that most people will not read your stuff. Now attack me again and feel big, because I'm done with you and will not post to you again no matter how you try to belittle me or Mr. Alderman (and obviously everyone else that writes)
paul February 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
(Just so everyone can see your comment I copied it to the bottom of this blog) Tom Dawgs 1:14 pm on Friday, February 10, 2012 To Paul: Look, I'm going to comment one more time for your benefit. I am a duel resident of both central Pennsylvania and the finger lake region of upstate New York. I simply enjoy reading Mr. Alderman's column along with select others and really don't care who you think I am, or what I do. I could actually care less how much of a low life heckler you are, because like a fly, you simply bother people with your nasty buzz. Mr. Alderman makes people smile...while you do not. It is really too bad that you have to target other people to show you have something to say. Are you that boring and nasty that you cannot come up with a post of your own or do you know that most people will not read your stuff. Now attack me again and feel big, because I'm done with you and will not post to you again no matter how you try to belittle me or Mr. Alderman (and obviously everyone else that writes) *******
paul February 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
To Mr Tom Dawgs: Thank you for letting all of us know that was your last comment... Thought I would have to continue explaining the facts of life to you.... again.. Ok so you live in two places Pennsylvania and Upstate NY. That actually explains your lack of reality from city slickers. It is Ok if you reside on a farm.... If you chose to smile due to reading the "Billy Blogs" that is great... Like Bill says people smile inwardly when they read his blogs but you smile outwardly.. Thank you for reading. You have been very entertaining.... Remember: We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy/gal words.....
Lynne February 12, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here's mine. To the people that sit here and bash the same person OVER AND OVER again- grow up, please. As a 19 year old, I cannot believe what I read from "adults". It's getting quite old. If you want to constructively criticize writing, go do it for 'The New York Times' because the bickering is childish. The blogs posted on here are often pretty interesting and show things from a different perspective. If you don't like what others write, simply write your own blog.
paul February 12, 2012 at 05:03 AM
To Lynne: I see you are a newby under this name on the Patch. Welcome! That being said, I guess you too were asked to have a say. Maybe you did it on your own, maybe not... If you find it so childish then why chime in? Hmmmm, my own Blog? What a grand idea. If I did you may not understand it, so I will pass.... But thank you for the compliment.... Remember: We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy/gal words.....
Lynne February 12, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Bringing*
Lynne February 12, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Why does it surprise you that people read the blogs? I was not "asked" to have a say... whatever that means. I am just tired of reading the articles and seeing people thrive from bring others down.... loving to find things wrong with what they write. And I "chimed" in because it's tiring to see people consistently write negative things... and seeing the bickering truly makes me not even want to visit Patch. The author's blog posts are very interesting, and whether you believe it or not, people do read them.
paul February 12, 2012 at 05:18 AM
To Lynne: You seem like you are angry at the world. Take a deep breathe.. See, now doesnt that feel better..??? Remember: We can criticize, comment and debate and as we feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy/gal words.....
paul February 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
To Bill: Such language is totally unacceptable.......... You too can criticize, comment and debate and as you feel without any vulgarity or tuff guy/gal words..... Your use of the "B" word is not in good taste.... Harrassing and stalking - wrong on both accounts, they are your comments.....
Michael Ganci (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@Bill- Please do not use inappropriate language in the comments section of Patch. Thank you.
Susan February 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The questionable word is allowed on daytime television. It is also what a female dog is called. Either meaning was appropriate in this case. This is 2012, not 1912. Why couldn't you just edit the word if it was so inappropriate instead of removing the entire comment? Can we say censorship? Bill was right on target.
Bill Alderman February 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Dear Mike, Sorry but more than one person thought that the word I used was 100% appropriate. Some others thought i was way too gentle. If you don't want me to use THAT word I will find a thesaurus in the future. But the sentiment stands. I doubt that using that would is as offensive as the person it was directed at. Thank You.
Michael Ganci (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
@BIll- There are better alternatives. Please choose one of them. Thanks.

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