The Congressional Rich

Over two-thousand years ago a man said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.”

What happened yesterday in the House of Representatives should invoke those words again.

The poor, the elderly, the ill and so many others would lose affordable health care if the Trump care bill were to become law in its current form. It is unlikely that will happen, but just for the record. The Republican majority voted for the largest redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich in the history of this country.

The reason, “they know not what they do” is part of this post is that most, if not all, but a few, ever read the bill for which they voted.

We will see if “forgiven” is in the national mindset when the mid-term elections take place in 2018.

A sad day to remember!

May 4th. It is a sad day in American history. It is a distasteful memory and inimical to the liberty for which we stand. However, there are profound lessons in the remembering.

1970 Kent State, a college in Ohio. It was a time of volatile tension and confrontation in this country over our involvement in Vietnam. It was a moment of regrettable action in our history. Four young lives were lost when Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of anti-war protesters.

Dissent, through the right of assembly, is a guaranteed freedom of our constitution, but on that day frazzled nerves and ambient fear prevailed, and tragic mistakes happened.

Democracy, for those who practice it and for those who seek it, can sometimes be painful in its quest for fulfillment.

Russia knows it.
Lithuania knows it.
Poland knows it.
Hungary knows it.
The students of China’s Tiananmen Square know it, and Kent State knows it.

Perhaps proof that the four students did not die in vain is the fact that America remembers a terrible event in the continuing expression of freedom and demand that it never happen again.

Note: To the White House

Note: To the White House

The reality of the common man is often lost on the super-rich and the pampered powerful of the world.

Not one of us will begrudge the right of anyone, including Presidents, to spend their money any way they choose, but to spend public money in elective public service, in the seemingly normal daily extravagance of privileged living is not proper.

The problem comes when what is common for the wealthy is opulence to common folk. It can be viewed as over the top, detached arrogance, conceited and out of touch with real life and it would be true. How many of us live with gold-plated faucets and toilets? How many of us can move from home to home and not take anything we need with us.

This old world has a lot of prejudice, pain, and hatred harboring in the minds and hearts of so many. Disproportional wealth has something to do with it. Taking that away does not solve it. Adding to the comforts of life for all is a start.

This old-world needs fixing for the future to be sustained in a balance of compassion, honor, dignity, revered culture and sacred beliefs.

Too many eyes are glazed over when seeing children with bellies distended in the body’s ache and search for nourishment. This old-world has millions dying daily from hunger and hunger-related diseases because some believe abundance is security. Millions in this old-world are uprooted in regional diasporas as the ignorant, cruel and dispassionate take by force and kill with pleasure for they know not their interconnection with the dying.

Can you imagine what would happen in the world if governments spent the billions they do on arms and wasteful projects on making a cripple child walk, the blind to see, the hungry to be nourish, and the chronically ill cured? How about just the everyday joy of a meaningful and a fair wage job, so that common comfort is not always tainted with worry.

Oh! There is such a list.

The Bureaucracy

I’ve often thought that the bureaucracy is collectively ignorant. Now I am convinced of it.

Out in the northwest, a guy reconfigured the timing sequence for a series of traffic lights for a better traffic flow.

I don’t remember where or who it was, but after he had submitted his results to authorities, the local authorities fined him $500 for engineering without a state license.

The bureaucracy is run by people, and people are sometimes stupid.