Sunday Poser-# 78… 5-1-22

This week my question is;

What is a cause you’re passionate about and why?

I’m a bit late on this. Yesterday offered rejuvenating time for outdoor activities. 🙂

My passion is seeking ‘truth’ in our politics. It’s annoying to some and informative to others.
I feel that my granddaughters’ futures depend on our U.S. political decisions and policies. For that reason, I have an insatiable appetite for “goings on”.

Since I’m retired, I have the time to watch events on C-Span as they transpire. I also have time to research topics from multiple points of view. Our media has failed us on matters of ‘truth’, so to stay well informed, watching events as they happen in unedited fashion is my mission.
For those family and friends, who trust my fairness and instincts, it has been valuable to them. Much of our population is just too busy to absorb news beyond headlines. We all know that headlines are often misleading and sensationalized so knowing someone, whom they can trust to report the numerous elements on topics, is essential to staying informed. I often phrase my reporting as factual developments rather than opinion but readily offer opinion when asked. Everyone should know as much as possible especially for voting purposes.

Unfortunately, hopeful news in this arena is hard to uncover but the media’s hype on a new ‘crisis’ everyday requires me to offer temperance with gathered facts as well.
It’s an exhausting and “soul sapping” task so I take time to be outdoors and relax in-between.
Consider the ‘passions’ mentioned in this thread. Are the people in Communist China allowed to pursue them? Our freedoms are what make all our humane pursuits possible.
To me, if our political system stops working on our country’s behalf (primarily in failing to defend our Constitution), ALL other things people hold dear will be at risk. It is the bedrock for our future survival.

It’s a Rock and a Hard place Folks!

079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993
079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London)

There is a problem with our government. <<Everyone nods>>

Its central locale is our Congress. <<Everyone snorts>>

It just may be too simple to fix. << Jaws agape…interest confirmed>>

Our Congress is in a bubble that “We the people…” cannot easily penetrate. The idea of setting strict term limits on Congress members has floated around but… really?…do you think they’ll vote for that?

The cry of many Americans is for cleaning out all of the members. If you haven’t wondered, <<why?>>, let me school you about a few things that I’ve learned.

There is an ongoing system of “favors” among members of Congress. In order to get votes on anything, the Congressmen and women offer favors and, with it, their implied loyalty on future votes. There are Lobbyists who dance around trying to buy an interest and some promises for loyalties. The Congress people are not required to listen to lobbyists, but folks…money talks. Power (which can be used for good OR selfishness) comes in the form of loud voices of large numbers.

Here’s the rub…when a few groups of voters get tired of their needs being traded off, they elect someone new to the Congress. Great idea with little clout. New Congresspeople are not called “freshmen” because they have fresh , new, ideas. It’s because they have little power and few connections to bargain with. The “virus” of the long time members with folders full of favors and dealings( who have lost their individual purpose) cannot be stemmed by the few “anti-virus” newbies.

Then, as I mentioned above, we ask the powerful members of Congress to vote for term limits and the end of their jobs and hard fought positions? Guess we are a naive group to be sure.

Ain’t gonna happen and unless we realize that a unified AMERICAN PUBLIC needs to make a louder noise…it’s the rock solid Congress and our country will be a “hard place” to restore to her greatness.

Laundry Time in America

How did “We the people…” become so divided and, somewhat, gullible?

I suspect that we are simply victims of our own busy lives. My favorite quote from Shawshank Redemption was from Brooks when he viewed the world outside of prison after 50+ years on the inside.”The world has gone and got itself in a big damn hurry.”
Nowadays, when we consider who to cast our vote for, we are bombarded by “sound bites” and glimpses. This makes our political minds putty in the hands of those with agendas. They take advantage of our distractions and are no better than “pick pockets” aimed at keeping us focused away from the truth.
As for the liberals and conservatives, they have become convinced that their ideas are “either…or”. In a large part their arguments are purely about different priorities, not different ideas. I’ve never met a conservative who wants individuals to die in emergency rooms and I’ve never met a liberal who wants to pass debt on to his/her grandchildren. The big question for Americans is, in what order do we address our problems?
Now, for my opinion from a conservative viewpoint . I want to offer you a real life example:
I was without a clothes dryer for a year. Just last week, I obtained one. It was sudden since a friend was moving and was giving it away. What a wonderful, better way it is to get my laundry done! It’s a real improvement upon hanging everything out to dry…especially when it rains.

On Monday, I was still enjoying my triumphant progress. As I walked to my cellar, I felt secure that I would have my laundry done quickly. It was then that I discovered that my improved laundry scenario had one serious pitfall. I was out of detergent. I had not planned upon the new, more efficient schedule requiring more detergent than I could manage in my budget. If I’d only taken more time to consider what my new system would need, I may have been happily laundering without interruption. This made me chuckle out loud.

So there you have it… I hope everyone has considered their own expectations and can find satisfaction in a candidate who may fulfill them.