Blind Republican Leaders & the Elephant


The Blind Men and The Elephant
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.*

Blind LeadersPolitical commentary today is like the blind man’s observation. The current ad campaign states: “Mary Landrieu has lied and mislead Louisiana!”

It’s loud and repeated: “YOU LIE!” Or “ALL YOU SAY IS LIES!” There may be some grain of truth to the blind observer in these messages, particularly if the observer’s vision is clouded by doctrine and rhetoric he feels compelled to recite.

The volume of the Republican blind man appears to suck all the oxygen out of the room as others are disallowed from participation when the blind man rants. As the elephant’s tusk is observed by the second blind man to be “smooth and sharp,” so is the sharp cut the blind Republican makes to any who attempt rational discourse. Intolerance is the weapon of the weak, and, to many in the party, loyalty demands blind submission to the“anointed.” Sharp-Smooth-Elephant 

As the third blind man comments “the Elephant’s very like a SNAKE!” We appear to have many “Snakes” among us, pretending to be elephants: loyal, wise, obedient to the principles of good government. However, the proof appears to be quite contrary to these principles. “Wise” can be constructive, only if it meets one wing’s short-term objectives rather than building for posterity. If the Jindal doctrine of tearing down state programs, which have provided basic support for the most fragile members of our society is a virtue, then his principles have merit. Yet, scrutiny proves the questionable value of stripping the social service network to feather the nests of the chosen few.

Elephant-TreeThe fourth blind man determined the elephant – “Is very like a TREE!” And as a tree, Republican blind followers of doctrine see trees for kindling, great to burn heretics. And witch hunts seem to be their specialty. They see devils, demons and warts on all whose party flavor doesn’t fit their “taste of the week.” They probably don’t remember what worked in one election to those who opposed the Duck Dynasty as opposed to the state-party fair-haired child. Ignorant critics crashed and burned to the will of a great majority of the Tea Party.

ElephantAn Elephant is very like a FAN!”proclaimed the fifth blind man as he felt the wind’s movement and the great elephant ear. Many Republican spokesmen, particularly seen in social media, evoke hot air in great volume. They blow and blow, but, like the wolf against the well built house of the 3 Pigs, and the system doesn’t yield. We learn little when poorly organized and disjoint campaigns have great form and NO Substance. The air may move, but the system remain devoid of leadership.

Elephant-RopeThe sixth blind man, “seizing on the swinging tail that fell within his scope … (determined) the Elephant is very like a ROPE!” And so, the blind Republicans may have hold of a great rope, and they may use it to hang themselves.

Disparate wings of the party, often with one or two good ideas (along with the many “Whacko” crazy ones) appear to succeed through brute force rather than well-developed campaigns. Resources and manipulation of the system has succeeded for many, but never underestimate the power of the Democrats to unify to keep their one real statewide power in Mary Landrieu.Ethics Gold

Republicans need to understand the “whole elephant,” not just a few of the parts. We were all so proud when Jindal was first elected, our state was going to “do it right this time!” Boy did we miss by a mile!!! And the “Golden Rule of Ethics” is more of “We have the gold, so WE make the rules!”

We may be like the dog that caught the armadillo. OK, now that you have it,what are you doing with it? Single message campaignsorganized by national groups are attacking Mary for her apparent weaknesses: Obamacare, oil & gas issues, social service support and all other Republican HOT talking points.


The power of the incumbent and Democrat blocks of supporters who cross party lines to support “their bread and butter” can’t be discounted. Mary has been a powerful ally to many, and she’s calling in her markers for this election. Don’t forget which side your bread is buttered.

*The Blind Men and The Elephant
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

 The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!”

 The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he:
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

-John Godfrey Saxe,
The Blind Men and The Elephant (a modern translation)