What Makes A Nation Great — Part III

My friend Jill has written a brilliant three-part essay on America as it is vs. America as it should be. This is the third part. Do yourself a favor and read Parts I and II first, and see how much you agree with it. I agree with all of it.
Larry

Filosofa's Word

In Parts I & II of this project, I spent a great deal of time pointing out the things that, in my view, keep the United States from being ‘great’.  In truth, the word ‘great’ is a superlative that sets my teeth on edge anyway, but it’s something we should always strive for.  If we strive for greatness, perhaps we can at least achieve ‘goodness’.

Make no mistake … despite its many flaws, some potentially fatal, there are good things happening in this nation, there are things that should give us hope for the future.  I didn’t want to end this project without pointing those out too.

A nation is only as good as the people who inhabit it, and we have, in this nation, millions of good people.  Every Wednesday, I write about some of those good people.  Most all of the people I know in this country are…

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I’m Trying Ringo…

Idiots are trying to kill us. I’m with this guy 100%.
Larry

The Off Key Of Life

I consider myself a pretty patient person who doesn’t get angry often. In fact, the one or two things that really get under my skin relate to matters of disrespect.  It’s been a pet peeve of mine for as long as I can remember and the one thing that will cause me to say something I should probably keep to myself. But sometimes, that’s just not possible.

I have tried not to watch the news very much, as it relates to the coronavirus and believe little of what I might read on social media. Everyone seems to have their own agenda, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Facts are distorted or adjusted to meet individual agendas or platforms and what should be a coming together for the greater good of everyone has deteriorated into politics at its worst. It was disheartening a couple of months ago. I don’t know what word  I…

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Patience, Grasshopper …

Here’s a brilliant piece from one of my favorite bloggers about what “reopening “ would look like.
Larry

Filosofa's Word

There are those … a great many, from the so-called ‘president’ down through the ranks … who advocate for opening everything back up right now.  My own friend Scott (sklawlor) has very strong views that to keep businesses shuttered is draconian and is hurting people.  Yes, it is hurting people, hurting small businesses, but the alternative may well be 1,000 times worse.  So, I’d like to paint a scenario of what I think will happen in those areas that choose to re-open now.

First of all, if every business opened tomorrow, most would find themselves without adequate staffing.  Some people will be afraid to return to work, as the U.S. is still seeing more than 1,000 deaths per day.  Others will not be able to return to work, for they will have no childcare with daycare centers and schools closed.  Still others will not be able to return to work…

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Way to Go

Congratulations, Republican Senators! You have just rendered the United States Congress totally irrelevant.

Because of your vote to not remove donald trump from office, you have given the President permission to do whatever the hell he wants, and you can’t say or do a damn thing to stop him because, where you’re concerned, he is above the law.

Your revolting obsequiousness might be the very thing that ushers America into a new era of dictatorship.

Say goodbye to the Constitution, everyone.

And, Mitt Romney, you are my hero. It takes guts to stand alone.

 

This is what happens anytime I try to write about our government. It always becomes so pessimistic and depressing, I can’t stand to write another word.

And the Democrats don’t make me feel any better; they can’t even do a caucus right.

 

I’ll just keep the rest to myself. You don’t need to hear it.

 

 

I Couldn’t Say It Better

 

This poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, written ten years before trump’s election, couldn’t have been more prophetic.

 

PITY THE NATION

(After Khalil Gibran)

Pity the nation whose people are sheep
And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
Whose sages are silenced
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
Except to praise conquerers
And acclaim the bully as hero
And aims to rule the world
By force and by torture
Pity the nation that knows
No other language but its own
And no other culture but its own
Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
Pity the nation oh pity the people
who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away
My country, tears of thee
Sweet land of liberty!

 — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
San Francisco, January, 2006