This week on my way back home from a job in northern Colorado, the radio station I was listening to told me that according to the latest information we had, any eighth grade student in China was posting an equal education equivalency to eleventh graders in the US. Frankly, not really what I wanted to hear. That evening, I got treated to another example of just how far we’ve fallen academically and socially as I was treated to a full dose of a Texas gubernatorial candidate’s idea of what a good “warm up” act should be in order to bring his Texas audiences nearer and dearer to his politics and Texas’ way of thinking. The person picked for this job is a used up “has been” rocker named Ted Nugent who spent his talking moments belching invectives and trying to score a few nasty one liners at the expense of the President and Hillary Clinton.
Right now Gregg Abbott, the aforementioned Texas gubernatorial prospect is running away from the words spewed by this draft dodging neanderthal, as though somebody had just hit him with a cattle prod, but the damage is already done. People now know the level of respect he has for the tax paying, voting citizens of Texas and we can only hope they’ll hold him responsible when voting time arrives.
I was embarrassed. Embarrassed to think that any politician with an IQ above room temperature would show that level of disrespect to Texas voters in the hopes that it would somehow win them over to conservative causes. Immediately, the thought came to my mind that surely, we can set our sights a little higher than that or, have we allowed ourselves to sink so low that name calling and gutter talk is the best that certain politicians can muster?
Environmentally right now, we’ve got the largest toxic coal ash pond leaks North Carolina has ever experienced. Chemical tanks leaking into the Elk River in Virginia putting over 300,000 citizens at risk. Nuclear waste leaks in Hanford Wa. which is so hush hush, it’s barely being mentioned. Education systems are falling apart. Oil trains derailing in North Dakota, Pipeline leaks in Michigan and Montana. Mini (and not so mini) earthquakes caused by injection well drilling otherwise known as “fracking” in Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and soon to be in a state near you! Contrary to what those flowery ads tell you on TV, the fracking business isn’t quite as safe as they’d have you believe. (Look for the story of how the president of Exxon reacts to a fracking operation in his back yard! See if the word “hypocrite” jumps out at you) Tell me another industry that absolutely refuses to divulge what chemicals they’re forcing into the ground to mix with our water!
Now, our so called, Congressional Experts want you to buy the story that they can safely build a pipeline carrying some of the cruddiest, most toxic oil sludge ever pulled out of the ground right through the bread basket of our country with absolutely no risk at all! If you’re buying that story, I’ve got some beach front property in Arizona with your name on it, and I’d be willing to make a small wager that John Boehner doesn’t know a pipe wrench from a pool cue!
So there you have it. A country that is as divided politically and philosophically as it’s ever been with one side using the ledger sheet as it’s holy grail, not giving a damn about whether or not our country is falling apart as long as we balance the books! The other side, you guessed it, is the softer side, philosophically more prone to helping the very young and very old and much more likely to enact public works programs like raising the minimum wage and other programs to make our land a cleaner and greener place to live. Pretty simple huh?
Simple yes. Doable, who knows? One thing is for sure, elections provide some hard answers and with mid terms coming up, it’s time for every one of us to take a long look around and ask ourselves that question, “Is this what we really want?”
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Posted by All Around Seniors at 2/26/2014 5:49 AM