I Want To Go Back!

I want to go back in time to a place of innocence.  When people that were elevated to leadership status actually were leaders and earned a respectable right to be in the position that they were.  You believed that they must be if they were elected by the people for the people. 

We are currently watching a race unfold before us.  We have three candidates, are any of them what we really need as a nation.  A nation about to lose top billing, a nation that has embraced communism in name of the “big buck” embraced ideals different from that which we were founded upon all in the name of “oil”?  Can we put into a White House two separate people a wife/victim or a husband/victimizer?  Yesterday it came out that Senator Clinton was in the vicinity of her husbands tryst with Monica.  A time back I discovered that Senator McCain has married the woman he had an affair with while married to a woman that had stuck by his side waiting his return from the POW camps.  The article pointed out that he started the relationship the night he met her, was it a marriage of position initially?  Can we entrust a country to people that would put the sanctity of marriage in jeopardy for political gain?

I will not speak of Senator Obama except to say, it clearly at this point and time appears that he is a man who has risen above his own brokenness in family, and is seeking to set it right in his private life, proudly bringing a degree of normalcy into our understanding of the “American” family. 

There is more to this blog than the political arena.  Daily I am sickened by the revelation of how demonic the electronic age is.  My heart hurts over the decay of family life all as a result of the internet, cell phone, text messaging, ease at which we enter deceitfully relationships.  We hide, and the deceit grows out of us like weeds in the abandoned playground of decaying neighborhoods.  We hear phrases like, “go ahead its okay to look” is it really?  Is it really okay to just look?  Is it really okay to just enter into someone else’s home to just share an “innocent” correspondence or two? Case in point; Would any man really tolerate a Joe Shmoe just coming up to his front door and asking for Jane.  “Is Jane home?  I am her old friend, I just want to sit down and talk with her in her bedroom for a while, just turn your head Joe, pretend that this is all innocent banter.  It won’t take long….oh and buddy don’t worry, if your relationship is solid, you don’t need to worry, we are just “friends”!  Do you honestly think Joe would be okay with that?  Should he be? 

How about if Jane just happens into her bedroom and discovers Joe quickly switch screens and wait until Jane leaves a room to enter back into the communication that he was having with an unknown entity?  Let’s translate that into a human to human contact, shall we.  Joe is seen talking with an unknown woman and up walks Jane, the conversation quickly ends.  Joe looks at Jane as if, “yes?”  The unknown woman turns away, Joe carries on light inane conversation with Jane and as soon as Jane walks away, (with no introduction mind you) the conversation proceeds with the unknown.  Tell me how many people would go on their day feeling okay about that one?  But you see, if Jane were to confront Joe over the internet/computer exchange, she would be accused of being paranoid, suspicious, and a comment like “hey, I can have friends, it is just an email!” 

Do you see where this is going?  How many relationships are going to end this year as a result of a communication breakdown as a result of a communication breakdown?  I sit in restaurants, public places and see men and women coming into the establishment and watch as one of the couples sits while the other one is staring at a hand held device, fingers moving quickly on the keys.  All attention is on the small less than 2inch by 2inch screen that manages to hold all the attention away from the person across the way.  As a child I was taught to ignore the person you were with was rude.  To bring the handset of the phone to the table was bad manners. 

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and there is evil, deceit and it is growing at the speed at which one can type and hit send.  For me, I want to go back in time.  To a place where each family had one phone number and it was the family number assigned to the man of the house, because women were preyed upon.  Where women if they did live alone were advised to list first initial only, to a time when people did not hide behind communication devices.  Where men and women understood the boundaries of friendships between people of the opposite sex once they were in committed relationships, to a time when people did not need to be glued to electronic devices, but could actually enter into human exchanges with the people that mattered in their lives.  Have we gone too far?  Clearly I believe we have, and I resent that there is even a need to be concerned about it.   

Advertisements

A Nation Divided?

Dividing the Nation” Well what did you expect?”

For the first time in history America has diversity in the running. The United States is indeed an immature society, one that still labels people based on hair color, size, ethnicity, gender, age. Most do not say “the person that I met with today is a good person.” But, rather it is more common to say “that man/woman, I met with today is a really smart blond, or a nice brunette.” You get the idea.

So then why when Americans have been limited to only white males with an average age of 55-60, does anyone expect anything less? My greater concern is not who would be the best person for the job, as they are all qualified to one degree or another, or they would not have gotten as far as they have! But the bigger concern is who will stabilize this country? It is sad that we would even have to question whether or not we are ready for a “diverse” leader. After all aren’t we still quibbling about John F. Kennedy having been Catholic? It amazes me that a country that claims to be a “God-fearing” nation gets hung up on where or how a person worships. It isn’t enough that they do and that they can make a solid commitment to something. (How many have changed based on constituency?)

So getting back to the issue at hand; Americans are divided, sadly so. Isn’t that a predicted outcome of a two party system? If there are two or more choices the odds are that there will be division. Now the bigger issue is that there is an extreme diversity at hand. I fear that should Senator Clinton be elected, we will be dealing with concerns such as, her husband, her shoes, her skirt, her hair, again falling back into the quasi-caveman attitude of so many Americans. I would love to believe that we have advanced beyond that. That there is some degree of sophistication at work to advance our society, but women have only had the vote for less than one hundred years!

Should Senator Obama become our leader then we will unfortunately get bogged down with color, religion, race, etc. I am sad that that is a reality as well. We should be far beyond this, but prejudice reigns supreme in these parts! Forget about his brains, his articulate delivery, or compassion. Again, we are still a Very segregated society on all sides.

Then there is McCain, this man will have to undo the damage of the past 8 years. Will he have the support of the nation behind him? The dark mark on him is that he is a veteran, I have even heard some refer to his age? When did that happen, that age became a concern in politics? Yes, every veteran should be carrying with them a badge of honor bestowed upon the shoulders of every soldier, again for believing in something and committing to it to the end. At least there is a definition of who he is, where he came from, and what he believes.

This country that has experienced abundance for over two centuries is now faced with many dilemmas. The issue of immaturity amongst other nations of the world is evident. The division is proof of that. The shrinking dollar, the inhumane way in which we deliver food, medicine and opportunity to those who are marginalized, the way in which we are rapidly trying to take care of the immigration situation. The list is long of those areas that need addressing and we will be like the old story of the tortoise and the hare. We are the hare, the young stallion amongst older, wiser nations. As America has been off and running, the giant amongst giants, its prideful nature just might wake up 5 years from now and ask “what have we done gone and done this time.” A great deal of time was wasted it on jargon that has no place in a country where we profess to be the “great mix” and all are free. What will the media use to make it interesting?

The tortoise will be those overseas who are currently reaping the benefit and reward by opening trade, wait, wasn’t there a time when we looked down upon supporting financially, communist countries? That is another blog all together. So instead of putting a feather in the cap of capitalism or a rabbit foot into the suit pocket of democracy, put a tortoise shell comb in your hair imported from, where?