Minnich: Perfection is the road to redemption

Apparently, many Americans no longer believe in redemption.

From what I read in the mainstream media after sorting through all the fake news and the press releases from lawyers and agents looking for book contracts for their clients, the Virginia governor did something so bad back in 1984 that it was worse than paying off porn stars to keep them quiet or dealing with thugs or selling out the nation to feather your personal nest and accrue the powers to change the fate of the nation and the world.


In a news report on a station known as centrist, it was pointed out that the new left has declared a no-tolerance policy toward anything that might have caused offense to someone else no matter how long ago it happened.

Perhaps it’s the inevitable victory lap of progressives after the recent election of a more enlightened and more diverse group to the House. Perhaps it’s backlash against the incivility and coarseness of the Trumpists, and the horrific display of power politics during the hearings for now-Justice Kavanaugh.

Or it could be that the dark underbelly of politics, which exists at both ends of the political continuum, has succeeded once again at destroying what it cannot win. A Democrat won the Virginia governorship in a state that is a microcosm of a split America, so trash the winner, then follow several days later with another of those allegations of sexual predation against the lieutenant governor who would replace the top man once he has been run to ground.

Who’s next? Anybody want to step up and be involved in public office in America? Head a church committee?

You’d better be the perfect candidate. I could make a joke here about having a virgin mother in your family tree, but that would just throw gasoline on the vitriol.

Let’s build the perfect candidate for a political office. He or she would always have to say he or she when talking about anything. Also, they would have to acknowledge at regular intervals that any he or she might be both or even some designation that has yet to be determined or brought before the public.

He, she or the person may not have ever exhibited in public any behavior that would accentuate their gender designation, lifestyle choices or awareness of differences in any way. By the same token, any person who aspires to leadership is expected to be willing to expose themselves — their life, I mean — to any and all who inquire. No secrets or deeply held private thoughts, emotions or reservations are permitted one who would be a leader.

That being said, full disclosure may lead to censure, and anyone who did or said or looked at or thought or was told anything 40 years ago that might be considered offensive to anyone today should be willing to accept the consequences, even if you have since won the Nobel, Pulitzer, Emmy and Oscar awards; and have been knighted by the queen or achieved sainthood.

But the ideal leader will be consummately human, tough but compassionate, courageous but willing to walk away from a fight, loyal but particular about the company they keep.

They will stand up for their values but know how to compromise. They will stick to the task and keep promises and never change their mind but be open to the views and interests and needs of all others.

They will ensure that the needs of all constituents will be met without raising taxes, balance the budget and eliminate the deficit and ensure public safety while staunchly backing prison reform and police sensitivity to the social problems that are nobody’s fault but everybody’s responsibility.

And most of all, they should never have to apologize for anything, and if they do, throw the bums out.