Someone pause for free ice cream

It’s not uncommon for school classes to conduct mock presidential elections as Election Day approaches. I recall back in time when I, as a young student, voted for Barry Goldwater when he ran against Lyndon Johnson. Of course, the class overwhelmingly supported Lyndon Johnson as did the populace. I was in the minority as Lyndon Johnson easily won.

I think we call learn some keen political lessons from students. As such, I want to submit to you a third-grade mock presidential election. However, in this case, I’ll submit to you a scenario where one student runs against another student for the high office.

The two candidates were selected from the third-grade class. One we’ll call Sam and one we’ll call Jimmy. Sam spoke before the class how he was going to improve the class and make things better. It was an articulate and methodical presentation, considering his age. He took some time and brought out a lot of good points. It was an impressive presentation. The next candidate, Jimmy, then got up to make his presentation. The class prepared to listen intently. Jimmy then said, “If you elect me then I’ll give you free ice cream.” Jimmy then sat down. The votes were cast and Jimmy won overwhelmingly.

In reference to the free ice cream, I want to add that there are no free lunches. Someone has to ultimately pay. If Jimmy brought in free ice cream to the class, then someone paid for it.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)

Michael H. Imhof
Aurora, IL

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