We, the People…

Somewhere along the line we have lost our civility… Manners and respect seem to be relics of a bygone era… Nowhere has this been more apparent lately than in our political process. Over the past several months I have observed politicians and the general public behaving like a bunch of five year old children arguing over what game to play at recess. They have gotten so caught up in the “my side” versus “your side” argument that they have overlooked the issues… Now that the elections are over they, unlike five year olds, don’t seem to be getting any better.  When a group of youngsters are having a disagreement over which game to play they generally argue for a bit before either going with what the majority wants or compromising on a game that everyone likes… The ones that can’t play in those parameters are left on the sidelines as the game goes on without them.  I have observed similar behaviors in the animal world also… a group of pups may be playing and one will decide to go off in a different direction… usually there is an older relative around to insure that no harm comes to the young one and he or she is herded back into the group… wild animals instinctively  know that their survival depends on cooperation… young children know that if they do not want to be left out of the game they have to compromise. Why are we so willfully ignorant of this as a nation? We live in what I believe is the greatest country on this earth… Our government is not perfect because people are not perfect and we live in a democracy which means it is the rule of the people…. the majority has spoken and picked the way we will play for now… So instead of all the negativity, whining and general” fit pitching” I feel it is time to put on your “big girl” panties and look at what needs to be done. We may not be playing your favorite  game but we, as a nation are still playing on the world field and if we don’t learn to play together we will be relegated to the sidelines of history… Reread Lincoln’s Gettysburg address as it seems to me as fitting today as when it was first read  in November of 1863…  Then as now the nation was divided along partisan lines but somehow with great struggle we made Lincoln’s words true, at least until today “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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One thought on “We, the People…

  1. Kim Nelson says:

    I’m loving the wolf walker! You are an unbelievable writer. Hooray for the “big girl panties”!

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