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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For What We Have Been Given

Several years ago, I watched on the news the crazed shoppers in the stores on Thanksgiving Day. It just goes to show how fractured the American family has become. Millions of people have so little connection to each other, they have nothing better to do than go shopping on a day meant for the gathering of friends and family to give thanks for all that we have been given. And, it is just another reminder of the greed of Corporate America, that they would force their workers away from their families on Thanksgiving Day. We have fallen hook, line and sinker for the advertisements and the propaganda that bombards us, ad nauseum, offering snake-oil elixirs that fuel our insatiable craving to buy their products. The attachment to materialistic values and possessions has been embraced by too many in our country. It puts our wants and needs above all else. Here we are faced with cuts to food stamps; the drive is on to cut welfare and medicaid benefits; in fact, all the social safety nets we have in place to protect the weakest among us are at risk, so that we can go shopping and buy more and more stuff. To top it off, we force the lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers to leave their families on Thanksgiving Day to satisfy our insatiable need to go shopping.