A few days ago it was in the 80’s…now it is 49 degrees and falling! I sat on my writing porch with both the ceiling fans on and an auxiliary fan on the deck floor, yesterday. Today I have my sweater on and my Tilley Hat…and it is chilly! This is my kind of weather, but not all at once!
I read that the other day in Denver, Colorado, the temperature dropped over 60 degrees in a matter of hours.
Just now there was an audible announcement from my phone that a frost advisory has been issued for my location. Could it be that we are transitioning from summer to winter with no fall in-between?
The extreme in the weather has caused me to reflect on the extreme in political opinion. Having considered myself an independent voter for many years, I am amazed at the extreme polarization that has transformed our elected political representatives. Many of the Democratic contenders for the nomination to be the Party candidates for the upcoming presidential election, describe to us a panacea of benefits that, it would seem that by the uttering of their efficacy, we can have for the asking. Now, I do believe that health care should be available to all in the United States of America. We are one of the last…if not the last…to not have this necessary consideration as a core of our governmental structure. But, we must remember that all governmental benefits come from the taxpayers. The government does not provide any programs or services that are not paid for by someone. There really is no free lunch! However the difficulties of affording health care is exacerbated by a broken system that has no consideration for the working middle class and the poor.
The Republicans and their president, especially of late would have us believe that it is alright and a normal way of doing business, for the president, to seek assistance from foreign countries…in the process of digging up dirt regarding a Democratic candidate that he perceives as his primary rival for the 2020 presidential election. After the release, by the president, of notes taken representing his telephone conversation with the president of Ukraine…shortly thereafter he publicly called on China to assist him in he same dirt digging endeavor! Finally the president has withdrawn the support of the U.S. troops in Syria and left our allies who fought by our side in the defeat of ISIS…the Kurds….to die…and they are doing so as I write this blog!
The president contends that the Kurds were fighting for their land. During World War II…when we fought alongside the English…they were fighting for their land! As we fought with the French and the English and all of our allies…would it have been acceptable too, suddenly, withdraw…and leave our friends to die?
I have been associated with christianity and four communities of faith over the past 50 years. All groups agreed on certain fundamentals that included, morality, and the precept that a leader should strive to lead by example. All agreed that being repeatedly lied to…produced disqualified leadership!
I remember Watergate and the Watergate hearings…I watched them throughout the summer that they were telecast in 1973. President Nixon would not have dreamed of saying or doing the things that our current president is doing on a daily and an hourly basis.
We must not buy into the irrefutability of a fellow human being. That is why our governmental authority is shared equally among our three branches. I have witnessed honest hearted people that accepted the cultish believe that their leader was always right. When in reality their leader was a con man and cared little about his followers accept for what they could do for him!
‘When the people saw the Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him.” Exodus 32:1. NIV
I witnessed religion become politics/religion and the morphing of people who are not of a certain political party being referred to as; devils and evil!
If our Constitution means nothing…we are witnessing the beginning of the end our our country!
If the golden rule and the bedrock precepts of the Holy Bible…mean nothing….future generations will look back to us and ask…what were they thinking…and when were they blinded?
When our political leaders care more about their next election….than the people that elected them…we are in a disintegrating nation!
‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20. KJV
I have learned that the same christianity that served my grandma Askew for the entirety of her life…is the same christianity that I ascribe to.. Tell the truth and follow the teaching of Christ that we should love each other as he loved us!
Note: Photos of Nixon are courtesy of Google search.