When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show.
When you’re born in American, you get a front row seat.
When one lives in a foreign country or travels to foreign countries, one is often asked to explain one’s own country. This is becoming increasingly difficult, given expanded news coverage in the internet and cable era.
How does one explain the workings—or disfunction—of a government gone awry?
Increasingly, politicians block instead of pass legislation and do not work for good of people they were voted to represent.
Money and lobbyists run the show.
People with money or politicians can shop around for a court that hands down a ruling they like.
Despite warm words, racism is rampant.
No one believes the words on the tablet held by the Statue of Liberty, because the treatment of foreigners contradicts its pledge.
There has always been a foreign policy of supporting some dictators, but not others.
Greed is seen as good; opportunity is touted; and failure is blamed on the individual, not the uneven playing field.
Poverty used to be hidden, but has become the norm.
No one understands why health care for all citizens is not the norm.
Suing the president is not understood.
And, finally, why so much hypocrisy?
Sadly, long ago I gave up defending the indefensible, trying to explain the inexplicable, and being able to understand a place I should be proud of…
If anyone is wondering why I show photos of flowers and sunsets or post a saying of the day and bits of humor, just consider a just few stories I try to forget: the so-called leader of the free world evicting children seeking refuge (in a country that caused the violence in the country they have fled); children in a UN school murdered by people whose relatives were killed under equally inhumane conditions; children being used as suicide bombers; children being killed when their supposedly safe airliner was shot down by brutal idiots, and so on and so forth. That’s not even beginning to consider the idiocy of politicians everywhere.
I could stick my head in the sand, but instead peak each day at the news through fingers covering my eyes….
Wars, especially unwarranted and sleazy ones, always have unintended consequences. Take the unnecessary (except for those profiting) gifting of democracy in Iraq.
I am certain that the geniuses—all of whom surely claim to be good Christians carrying out the work of “their” god—thought up and marketed (even if they did a poor job and the lies became transparent) this folly, did not intend for Iraqi Christians to be persecuted and driven from their homes.
Well, guess what happened. News reports indicate that Christians have been given the choice of forced conversion to Islam, payment of “protection” money, or leaving the country. Very few remain.
Congratulations, neocons and people in power at the time, you have done a great service to your religion. At least, you all made money off the deal and can enjoy a nice life far away from the mess and suffering you caused.
There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.
I scan many television news channels and newspaper internet editions, even ones leaning in the opposite direction from my basic values.
That said, there is one “channel” that I will not check out: The Sarah Palin Channel. First of all, how is that for hubris? Second, who cares about anything this person says or does. Anyone with half a brain knows that she is only interested in amassing personal wealth through lies, distortion, and dishonesty. Sadly, there are plenty of people with half or less of a brain, who are willing to waste money of idiocy they want to believe. This surely a scam to separate stupid people from their money.
There are few people in public life I respect less…sadly, there are a few, which shows how crazy human life can be. Although one click is surely worth very little in terms of income, even that insignificant amount is too much to contribute to this ridiculousness.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.