I have been “binge” watching The West Wing. SOme of the girls have been asking me about what I’m watching and why. As to the West Wing. Well there is a very good reason why I like shows about the political process and here it is:
I’m a nerd. I admit this whole heartedly. When I was in school, and I mean high school my senior year I got the most hated instuctor in the entire school. Seriously no ONE wanted to get this guy. First day of school when they hand out the class assignments, you could always tell the kids who got this guy. The ultra smart, top ten kids ( you know the ones who graduate top of the entire school with scholarships to top schools) they would be the ones running to admin screaming they had to change their assignment and the rest of us would either shake our heads knowing we were screwed or just give up sit down shaking our heads. This guy relished his reputation.
Any way the first day in his class same speech every period to the new class of students. He didn’t give A’s period. If you Ace every test and assignment the best he was gonna give you was a B. Now wait for it there was a catch…. You could earn the A. You had to do extra work. In his mind doing everythin expected was Average work which was only deserving of a B (average grade). Going above and beyond what was required was what warranted an A. First part of the class Economics above and beyond for that was expailing a P&L and giving an explaination on hoew to make it better.
Now the reason I like politics. The second half of the class was Civics. To get a passing grade in the class ( and this was in the sylabus and 50% of the grade at the beginning of that semester) you had to outline and explain The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And You had to do it in your own words. You could half ass the assignment but, and remember I said there was a catch, what ever you came up with at the end of the 3 month period you had to complete this assignment was going to be your study guide and cheat sheet for the final in the class. All this work would still only garner you a B. In order to get that A there were extra credit assignments on a list. There were texts to be read and you could give a report on the material. You could debate an issue with this instructor (not really recommended he was not a good loser) or you could spend 2 weeks in the county court house as a spectator to any number of legal cases going on. I chose the last one. I also used my time wisely and did that outline over the 3 months I had for the assignment. I went through the dictionary, other Law references ect. To say that I got on very good terms with our local libraian would be an understatement of monumental proportions. I learned a lot from that experience and I also fell kinda in love with the way our goverment is SUPPOSED to work. Over time all that study actually has worked for me, and some times it has worked against me. Today’s politics tend to annoy me cause this was not how the framers intended things to work out. That said, the framers didn’t anticipate the those 3 documents would be the lasting cornerstone to our goverment which is why they left us the abilities to change and update the laws. Those 3 documents are living breathing things. And sometimes I think people forget this.
okay down off my soap box gonna go watch more West Wing