With elections coming in less than four weeks from now, I thought I'd share a few things my readers have sent me that highlight several election time ironies. (Are any of the rest of you, like me, more than ready for the end of this year's campaigning?!)
Two readers in Ohio have sent me campaign posters for a man who is running for sheriff in their county. Here's one of the signs that shows the irony of this candidate's name:
Here's another campaign poster for the same candidate.
Pickaway County seems to have the corner on ironic names for candidates this year. Here's a campaign sign for another person running for office in that county.
For the voters in that county, I would say, "Pick away!"
So many of campaign signs are posted in public places, like the one below:
Even though it has nothing to do with elections, I can't help but feeling confident that the people who contributed to the following ironic situations just might vote for a sheriff named Lawless.
I'll end with some interesting information. Disclaimer: I'm highlighting the irony of the policies, rather than the fact that the number of people receiving food stamps has almost doubled (!) in the last four years. 😯
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest number of free meals and food stamps ever, to about 47 million people.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
This ends today's lesson in irony.
"The human heart is an idol factory. — Timothy J. Keller, knowingly or unknowning paraphrasing John Calvin
Speaking of ironies ... this week we're celebrating Christopher Columbus — an Italian who lived in Portugal, got a job as a Spanish sailor, went off to find India, and instead ended up in San Salvador, "discovering" the Americas, that had already been discovered by another European, the Norseman Lief Ericson, nearly 500 years before Columbus did.