What has happened to our country?
We have a president who seems unwilling to declare that we are the greatest nation on earth. We have a Senate run by the most spineless little weasel anyone could ever imagine. Our House of Representatives is reminiscent of the character from Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" who holds a gun to himself claiming he is held hostage to befuddle local dullards.
We have been told that we as a nation are borrowers, beggars and thieves. Every single day we are reminded that one race allegedly hates another. Plain terrorists wishing to wage their personal version of Islamic jihad are gingerly described as "persons of interest" or "mentally disturbed," but rarely described, with only the facts borne for all to see, as what they truly are ... enemies of our nation. We spend our time pitting American against American. Whether it be their right to marry, right to work, or right to die, we fight and battle endlessly.
We watch the vapid Kardashians or the pitiful Honey Boo Boo and call it entertainment. We remember Watergate like it was yesterday but forget World War II and treat those who fought in and survived Vietnam as pitiful misfits who should be hidden in a backroom like the crazy uncle in a proud but clueless family.
In 1995 I was told that America had lost all civility and sense when Newt Gingrich and his fellow Republicans shut down the government. But in 1995 Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton talked. They negotiated. Sure there were times when one or the other played the drama card. Newt allegedly stormed off Air Force One mad that he had been seated in the steerage section. The fact was that his seating arrangement had nothing to do with his show of anger over then-President Clinton's decision not to discuss the status of the government en route back from a great man's funeral.
But even that myth did not keep Clinton from ultimately negotiating. What ensued was an agreement to balance budgets and the first and only modern day consecutive run of such an accomplishment. Two leaders led.
We have become a nation that honors ignorance. We would prefer to see how the broke as hell, worthless, ignorant and flashy "Real Wives" of whatever live their lives versus learning how our economy works or taking a position on an issue that might truly matter to future generations.
Oh yes, we are great at moralizing and castigating. But when it comes to creating dreams, futures, and a united sense of worth, we are lost.
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