“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
At last, it is finally here, our National Election Day. I am so glad that the campaigns will soon be over and the inundation of vitriolic mail and constant phone calls as well as the domination of the airwaves by ruthless campaign ads will end.
I cannot remember a more disheartening public display of polarizing information generally filled with misleading and often outright falsehoods. My state was viewed as being critical to the effort for achieving a party majority in the Senate so. millions of dollars have been spent by outsiders using every trick of the trade to influence voters mostly through scare tactics. Both parties are guilty and sadly to a large extent they have been successful in driving a wedge between friends, neighbors and sometimes even families.
We are at a point in that many are not interested in the truth as much as they are in defending what is often discredited information. Some say that all this is OK, it is only politics and that saddens me for in effect they seem to believe that the ends justify the means. I fear we will pay a price for accepting that an uninformed electorate is the way we should select our leaders. Too many of us seem to feel that all we need are a few sound bites, advice from talking heads that believe our traditional ability to come together and constructively deal with the problems we face is now passé.
Getting reelected is almost a full time job, good people refuse to run unwilling to allow their families and themselves to be dirtied by unreasonable mudslinging. It pains me when I hear politicians in the legislatures say that there is no longer a place for civility in politics. But you know what? To a large extent it is our fault, we no longer place importance on civics in our schools, we refuse to support paying for our basic needs, we fight wars with borrowed money, we tolerate a deteriorating infrastructure rather than doing what is necessary to maintain safe and efficient transportation. We say we hate kicking our problems to the next generation but we provide little support for the solutions when we would have to make any sacrifices to achieve them.
I grew up in a period when the public was asked to sacrifice when our country needed our help. These days we hire a permanent Army and pay them to fight our wars. We send some of our best citizens in our National Guard units to fight for us and give them little in return when they return, that is if they return home.
I just pray that there are enough of us to focus on supporting those who are willing to find practical solutions rather than concentrating of finding someone to blame for the problems we have allowed to grow to monumental size. I especially hope that friends who have allowed misinformation to make them enemies will put their differences aside and sign up to help us get back on tract.
I am sorry about today’s tirade but I have been deeply troubled by what has been happening however I am optimistic enough to believe that we can turn things around.
So now back to the lighter side. And by the way, I hope those who are elected today do well.
“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. ”
William S. Burroughs
The seven year old told her mom, that a little boy in her class asked her to play doctor. "Oh, dear," the mother nervously sighed. "What happened, honey?"
"Nothing, he made me wait 45 minutes and then double billed the insurance company."
Never trust a dog to watch your food.
Patrick, Age 10
To get ahead:
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the evidence that I have been using company property for personal purposes, including circulating my resume and searching for more rewarding and satisfying work.
And also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today as they may be connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow.
Help me to always give 100% at work: 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, and 5% on Friday.
And help me to remember that when I’m having a really bad day, and it seems that people are working on my last Good Nerve, that it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4 to extend my middle finger and tell them to bite me.
I am willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.
A bride called to make a change to her wedding registry. It is common, almost expected, that a bride will change something on her registry at least once (dishes, color of towels, etc.). The Customer Service Representative told her that J.C. Penney would be happy to make the change. He asked if the bride wanted to change the dishes or the linens.
The bride said, "No, keep all that. I just wanted to change the name of the groom."
The person who spends all of today bragging about what he is going to accomplish tomorrow probably did the very same thing yesterday.
A woman answered her front door and found two little boys holding a list.
"Lady," one of them explained, "we're on a scavenger hunt, and we still need three grains of wheat, a pork-chop bone and a piece of used carbon paper to earn a dollar."
"Wow," the woman replied. "Who sent you on such a challenging hunt?"
"Our baby-sitter's boyfriend."
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."
It was Christmas and the judge was in a benevolent mood as he questioned the prisoner. "What are you charged with?" he asked.
"Doing my Christmas shopping early," replied the defendant.
"That's no offense," replied the judge. "How early were you doing this shopping?"
"Before the store opened," countered the prisoner.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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