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14 October 2011

Senate Vote

Well, the US Senate decided to not discuss the bill proposed to provide jobs to folks who need them badly.  It's too bad that they won't even talk about it.  I don't know for sure, but it sure seems to me that folks out there have a real problem with anything proposed by our current administration.  I'm enough of a realist to know that no one has all of the right ideas about anything, but also, no one has all bad ideas either.  It would seem to me that at least folks could talk about it. 

I get the distinct impression that someone just wants the current administration to fail and really don't care how they go about it, no matter how bad things are for everyone else.  I have had experience with relatives in the Deep South and so much of the tone of the comments we hear from the "loyal opposition" has a familiar ring to it to me.  Too bad! 

Our biggest problem in this country today is that everyone thinks that they are the source of all wisdom and that no one else has any.  I think that is really wrong headed.  Having had the opportunity to visit other places, other peoples, and other cultures, I realize that we all are really one brotherhood and that talking is a really good way to get to the root of issues and develop an appropriate solution.  Sure hope that folks in DC wake up pretty soon and get to the business of fixing the problems.  I'm afraid what will happen to the the entire world economy if they don't.

10 October 2011

How is it with you?

I muse about all of the happenings over the last several months.  It seems that the Arab Spring has turned into an Autumn Action here in the US as well.   What troubles me is how much the language of our political contestants is inflamatory and condemnatory about the other side.  Why can't we talk in civil language to each other and have a civil exchange of views.  What happened to discussion?  All I hear on the news channels is yelling and condemnation.  Is it not possible for us to talk any more?  Why must the other side be so demonized?  And, it's not just here in the US, but all over.  Eveyone seems to have to have their Satan to make their own position seem more reasonable, even though it actually is just a radical, except at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Perhaps, we really do need a calming influence in the center of US politics and world-wide, if that is even possible any more.  Maybe the Mayan calendar ending in a few months could be a good thing.  Perhaps someone could learn a lesson from what has happened and we could begin all over again.  God knows that we have tried this more than once to no avail.  Oh, well, keep praying and work for peace in your individual sphere.  Remember - humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.  Let's focus on the other's needs today.  Why not try that?