It's great to see leadership in action in Washington, D.C. It restores my confidence in America. No, it restores my confidence in humanity.
No matter what the issue, our political leaders are demonstrating the character traits and behavior that we want others want to emulate, the old 'lead by example' routine. That way we can point to them and tell our children, that's how you should act.
No one is being childish. They're all behaving like principled, intelligent adults.
It's refreshing to see this happening now, while our country, and our world, is coping with desperate, gritty problems, problems that need a cooperative, intelligent reponse and new ways of thinking. It's a great difference from the banking and business world where everyone is about the greed and making more money to buy super yachts and private islands. It's encouranging to learn President Obama invited some Republicans over to the White House to screen the movie "Lincoln" with him. Talk about building bridges. Play together, work together, right?
It's such an apt period in our history for this action, and a great way people to come together, relaxing while watching a movie. My wife and I do this to stay together. It's worked for over three decades.
It's expecially heartwarming that Congressional leaders and the President bond over a movie about President Lincoln during the civil war, when political difference led to outright violence and some states seceded from the union, and the efforts to pass the 13th Amendment.
Ironic, watching the movie, and seeing how the Democrats were so against slaves being freed and equal. Now we've learned our lesson. Democrats and Republicans espouse freedom and equality for everyone in America.
Well, maybe not exactly completely free and equal. First, we're only talking about Americans and not someone who isn't here legally. They shouldn't be allowed her with prior permission. We didn't fight a war for universal freedom, independence and equality just to have someone sneak over the border and steal those away from us.
And, ah, well.... We're all more free and equal in America in the same way that what you're quoted on an airline ticket on a website is what you're going to pay for your trip. Just a few little...adjustments and additions on your ticket that they aren't mentioned until you're presented the bill. You know, things like where you sit. That can be another charge. Fuel surcharges, in case the aircraft needs fuel. And checking bags, or eating food or drinking anything. Taxes, services charges, other fees that aren't really specified, might also increase your total.
They really do pass it on down to you, don't they?
I just bought some theater tickets to see a play in Vegas, "Anything Goes." Yes, with the Broadway cast. We're very excited.
We bought the tickets, over a hundred dollars each. Then there was a transaction fee of three dollars per ticket. Plus a handling fee of twelve dollars a ticket. We wanted the tickets mailed to us.
Three dollars. A flat rate.
They've very magnanimous.
The same thing happens with freedom and equality in America. There's a lot of little things mentioned that you're not aware of until you ask for the bill. Many of the little things don't apply to all of us. They depend on who you are.
Now I don't want to start an argument about class warfare in America. We don't have classes in America. We're all free and equal and if we break the law, we will pay for it. Equally.
Right, black and brown America? White America? Gay and lesbian America? Female...uh, America? Poor America? Corporate America?
Yes, I hear everyone answering yes, or nodding their heads in agreement. We're all treated exactly the same regardless of what we believe, our wealth, status, or political and religious beliefs, sexual orientation...well, you know the list. But like the airline tickets, there might be some additional limitations on your freedoms, once you get the bill.
Fortunatly, our politicians across the great expanse of land and ideals known as the United States of America are above all of this. They understand that you can't quibble on petty differences like political party when it comes time to solve our problems and address the challenges that keep us from moving forward, and that's why, returning to my original point after a long detour to analogies between other matters, it's heartening to learn that when President Obama invited the Republican over to the White House, they eagerly....
Oh, they turned him down.
Well, that...I guess I'm not surprised. These Republicans of today are so short-sighted and narrow minded. I mean, if there was a Republican in the WH and Democrats were invited, they would go over with a nice bottle of wine and some flowers, maybe a dessert or side dish, and....
Oh, the Democrats turned President Bush down when he was in office.
So this is just business as usual.
Because the times are definitely business as usual.
Whatever happened to keep your friends close and your enemy closer? Was that only in "Star Trek" and "The Godfather" movies?
I guess the parties don't consider the other 'the enemy', just 'the opposition'. So they don't want to treat them like 'the enemy'. They just want to shun, ignore and avoid them. Not engage them. If they were the enemy, they would want to engage them.
It's surprising, too, that people like politicians, supposedly our leadership based on the merits, abilities and potential that they've demonstrated, and having a certain amount of ego to convince themselves that they matter, that they want the responsibility, are unimpressed with actually creating a significant legacy. Most of them appear to say, "Well, I got elected to Federal office. that's pretty good. There hasn't been that many Presidents, Senators, and Representatives throughout our history so that makes me special." None seem to want to rise above it and ask,"For what will I be remembered?"
Right now, we'll remember them as a pretty ineffective group, with as many ideals and far less ability than a clowder of cats to solve our nation's issues and create a sustaining vision. We'll remember that it cost us a lot more to feed and house these great leaders than it would take to feed and house an equal number of cats, even if we spayed and neutered all the cats and ensured they had their annual shots and had their teeth cleaned, even if we buy the more expensive, healthier food, toys, and "Cosmic Catnip", because, you know, even cats need to have a little nip and unwind.
As for leadership, we might as well look to the cats for that, too. It's not evident among the politicians in Washington, D.C.
Not in the twenty-first century.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com