And you can bet it will get a lot worse. But how? Just this week, a letter to the editor in our local paper railed against those demanding Civil War statues be removed because they "have been there for centuries!" Although I am not always sharp with arithmetic, I know statues commemorating the Civil War could not have been "there for centuries!" How do I know this? The American Civil War was fought from 1861-1865. So what else would I like for this holiday season? For Americans to get their heads out of their collective asses and realize that too many are either unwilling to think for themselves or simply have abdicated their ability to think - period. So, like the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, I wish they would collectively realize they would be much better off "If they only had a brain." (See: www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/339323/Wizard-Of-Oz-The-Movie-Clip-If-I-Only-Had-A-Brain.html). I know, I know. Diminishing Americans comes with great peril. I mean, how dare I? Easy.
This past week someone I know posted on social media their glee in Olympic Skier Lindsay Vonn being injured in a practice run. Glee? Yes, glee. Seems they posted a hope she would be injured before the Olympics because she publicly stated she would not visit the White House after the Olympics because of her opposition to Trump. The poster went on to say it was his lucky day (due to her injury) and how he was going out to buy a lottery ticket because she "deserved" her "fall." This is where some Americans are? Demand total loyalty to the president or else forget about representing America in the Olympics? Actually wishing for their physical injury? The most ironic part? This is someone who routinely posts biblical passages and boasts of being an "Evangelical Christian!" So what else do I wish for some Americans? To stop using whatever rational to think themselves superior over another and to get back to a position of loving and caring for our neighbors - no matter the color of their skin, religious or sexual orientation or political beliefs.
By now I think you have caught on to what I an wishing for. It's time for a change in America. A change where knowledge is power and power is no longer determined on who's influence can be purchased on the open market. A change where our political leaders can agree on the most basic and fundamental concepts of equality, liberty and freedom. And a change that moves us beyond a desire to have political tribalism trump national pride and core values. I guess we'll see how things go starting with tonight's special election in Alabama. Either way, I don't see it as a "win" for America, but unfortunately, just another step toward the abyss (unless wished can be granted). So for this holiday season, I wish for all of us to unite and to promote the greatness of what it means to be an American and that love of country supersedes love of political party and power.
As President Woodrow Wilson once wrote; "America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us." Happy Holidays every one. May we all enjoy health, happiness, safety and a heightened state of awareness for what our country is gong through.
* I will be out of the country from December 17-January 8. Please check back then for additional blogs. Be well!