i for one looked so forward to the end of campaign 2016! why? simple, i hoped we could return the issues most important to us putting an end to all this politics 24/7--issues that impact us, we the people, on a daily basis.
unfortunately, with this tweeting president the media, the opinion writers and the public get to discuss "the popular kids
" every waking moment.
thank you, bob koehler, for this topic seeking our input! must admit as i read the title my heart sank just a bit.
will this be yet another appeal for us to get out in the streets to shout our demands which always seem to fall on deaf ears? however, the first paragraph reassured me.
— endless war, pointless war, total war — is, I fear, impervious to public opinion and even political action. It remains alive deep in the underground bunker of American militarism, protected from sanity.
"protected from sanity"! love that expression!
we keep hearing that #45 has thus far earned the title, "least popular president ever in u.s. history." with a current approval rating of 44%. that translates into over 100, 000, 000 people who approve this twit. also, trump got a surge following the attack on syria's airbase. even my mexican/german mix neighbor who always looks for the good in others felt elated when #45 spoke of those "beautiful babies."
and believe me this, my friends, IF---that big little word---#45 and his generals begin a war with n. korea, that ingrained pavlovian patrotic response mechanism will see his approval surge just like #43 enjoyed after our illegal invasion of iraq.
so? how do we the people enact a "public plan for peace" in the face of such odds? remember the ARK or acts of random kindness? each of us must double our efforts to bring kindness and compassion back into our public discourse. stop calling our fellow citizens names like "ignorant, lazy simpletons," quit taking every opportunity to call hillary, trump and other politicians ugly names. they'd prefer we admire them, but as long as wall $treet love$ them, they feel quite happy an flattered that we acknowledge their power over us. take every opportunity to give a sincere compliment to a family, member, friend or neighbor even those like mine who cheer, "trump! he's our man! build that wall! build that wall!" when you disagree with their politics, say so with a smile on your face and look for that opportunity to say "i admire so much the way you . . . plant seeds for peace and nurture them every moment of every day. and when we fail and give in to the hate rhetoric around us--forgive yourself as you would forgive others!
p. s. gee, we're missing that member who would have delighted to see koehler mention, "the god of war." anyone know what happened?