Some Things I Was Thinking About

Some things I was thinking about…

Can anyone tell me when words like compromise, cooperation, compassion and coordination became bad words? Can anyone tell me when “my way or the highway” became the law, rather than let’s work things out? When we decided that “working together” became “I’ll do it my way?” When our heels became so dug in that nothing can move us, no matter what? When did we become “I’m right, so you must be wrong,” rather than “let’s hear your side?” When did civil discourse (that’s plain talking to each other) hit an all-time low, when insults, personal attacks and boorish behavior became an acceptable response to disagreements?
 
It’s easy to see there are problems, but harder to see how solutions will come. Not “my way or else” solutions, but working partnership solutions. Not everybody is right about everything, but you’d never know it from the political coverage we get, and yet we the people either follow or lead the same way. I don’t see an America where people work together to find solutions that help as many as possible. Where people are accepting to do their fair share. I don’t see that America anywhere. What I do see is people building walls to separate us from each other rather than building bridges to find common ground. Maybe there is no common ground. Maybe things are just too terrible to fix. I don’t believe it, and neither should you.
 
Make America Great Again is a slogan I’m sure you’ve all heard. If America isn’t great, it’s because all of us-yes, all of us-let it not be great. It’s funny how we can root USA, USA in the Olympics and other sports, but once the games are over, we’re just as divided as we’ve ever been, maybe more so. No one politician or congressman or senator or mayor is going to make America great, if it isn’t. It’s going to take all of us, working together, setting aside our agendas and making sacrifices for the common good. But maybe that’s a pipe dream that is never going to happen, at least not in my lifetime.
 
By the way, if I ever see on Facebook or anywhere on social media someone say that “so and so should get out and leave the country if they don’t like it” because they say or do something you don’t like, I would like to remind that person that the Indians would like to set up travel schedules for all of the rest of us “come here’s” to get up off their land. They were here first, right? Peaceful protest, no matter if you don’t like the way it is done, is allowed. It’s a part of what the founding fathers call a democracy. It’s how MLK and civil rights leaders got people of color the right to vote, to cash in the promissory note of equal rights.
 
This isn’t something to bash others, or say who is a better candidate for President. It’s just something I was feeling today and wanted to write about. Feel free to ignore this long, rambling post and go about your day.

22 Replies to “Some Things I Was Thinking About”

  1. BRAVO!!!! You have put into words my feelings! My thoughts have been all over the place regarding ‘politicians and the media’! You have summed up my feelings nicely! We the people have quickly forgotten 9-11 and how we came together as one great nation! We continue to show that only in the wake of tragedy we can stand together! On sunny days, under the rays of light, we show our true dIvided selves.

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  2. Hello T. Wayne! Glad to make your acquaintance through Lady G. I agree with you. The way society has become thoroughly disgusts me. We treat each other appallingly and somehow this has become the “norm.” I sometimes think I won’t see cooperation in my lifetime either. You are right it is all of our faults that America isn’t great and it is up to all of us to make a difference. Thank you for your post.

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    1. Re: cooperation-I hope I’m wrong about that, but I don’t see any or just a few positive signs.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting and for the follow! I will definitely look around your blog also!

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  3. This is impressive, because your wise and penetrating words reach across & resonate in the other places.
    In the wake of our ill-tempered, generally ill-argued ‘Brexit’ referendum there is a nasty atmosphere here in the UK. Something very unpleasant is lurking and there is very little spirit of co-operation.
    It’s so refreshing here on WP to read the words of folk like yourself challenging everyone to stop doing contortions with their heads and other parts of their anatomy and realise it is essential that we work together.
    These eloquent words need to be spread so I’m going to re-blog this, because at present I am steaming mad with every political party in the UK and their supporters that if I try and write anything along these lines I will end with a lot of Gunnery Sergeant ‘Full Metal Jacket’ language!!.
    Best wishes and keep up the good work!
    Roger

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    1. Thank you Roger! I think I had seen just about enough of the headlines and things that people had posted on Facebook (a place I don’t frequent anywhere near as much as I used to) that I felt compelled to fire up a post here at WP. It gives me hope that there are others that feel this way as well. It’s far too easy to see those headlines and posts and think we’re on a road headed to nowhere, but I’m hoping that isn’t the case. There is more that unites us than divides us; but I think it’s harder for people to see that amid the name-calling and crazy behavior.

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      1. Quite T Wayne.!
        I have an interest in all sorts of histories, and there’s not much going on that hasn’t gone before. But you would think by now the general population and those who would be leaders would have worked out that all that stuff just did not work!
        I try and go by Compassion, Respect and Tolerance as watch words (it’s not easy when I read so much junk from both sides of the political divide)
        Take care mate (UK speak for ‘friend’)
        Ah well it’s 10.20 pm in the UK and I’ve just had my daily rant so it’s time to calm down with an SF or animation DVD, otherwise I will not sleep tonight.
        Pleasure to be reading you.
        All the best
        Roger

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  4. The following excerp5is from George Washington’s “Farewell Speech ” In it I think you’ll find the root of our political problems. At the end is a link. Take time to read the whole speech. So prophetic!

    “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

    Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

    It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another”

    Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/history-and-holidays/george-washington-warning-america-against-political-parties-63046/#es2BkOSlL1DBzfeP.99

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    1. Old George hit the nail right on the head. The political process is broken, unless we find people who are willing to reach across the divide and build those bridges that I wrote about. We won’t solve anything the way things are going now, with the division, gridlock and revenge-style politics our elected officials practice. It’s just frustrating to see special interest groups insist that their desires are greater than the greater good of the nation.

      Thanks for sharing the link to the speech and the accompanying article.

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  5. I doubt there is any real cure for America’s troubles, and similar troubles plaguing the EU, but I’ll tell you where you can start: get your military out of other nations, disband 90% of it and use the resources to rebuilt your own infrastructure, feed your hungry children, provide homes for your homeless, get rid of your guns and your love of violence. And that is but a small start.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and your perspective. A lot of what you’ve mentioned have certainly been identified as problems, but as I state, there isn’t enough will to work together to solve any of those. And that’s what America needs-not so much a cure, as a method to start working to solve identifiable issues and work toward solutions that work toward the greater good. I doubt that a lot of these will ever be touched in my lifetime, but your “small start” has to begin with some kind of cooperation, and compromise, rather than the hard lines that have been drawn by the opposite sides.

      Again, thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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