Lessons From The Village

In the past week the Obama scandals seem to be multiplying faster than rabbits.  Benghazi blazed back to life, the IRS scandal hadn’t even crested, when the AP and FOX news reporters phones and emails being monitored by the Obama Justice Department hit (here, here, here).  Then, the Oklahoma tornado pretty much sidelined all other news since yesterday and the White House got a slight reprieve from the media barrage.  Obviously, these scandals will pick up steam and more will assuredly come to light as the abuses of unchecked power of bureaucrats in the executive branch swell beyond the administration’s ability to spin (LIE)  them away as right-wing conspiracy witch hunts.  Some of those witch hunters should invest in sturdier brooms to sweep this bunch of dirtballs out the door, but sadly way too many Republicans in Washington get too caught up in the partisan politics rather than scrupulously following the law and keeping this about upholding the Constitution rather than setting the stage for the 2014 election cycle.  Upholding the rule of law should be the paramount concern.  The truth should matter.

The partisan divide, where both political factions spend more time trying to take down the other side than they do trying to actually govern in a positive way, leaves us stuck with a country fractured and bleeding and having fewer and fewer shared values to patch our wounds.  The distrust of President Obama propelled gun and ammunition sales off the charts.  The reports of Homeland Security and other federal agencies stockpiling ammo, makes one wonder if this distrust cuts both ways.  Comments by Obama officials about radical right-wingers, potentially dangerous soldiers and Christians demonstrates that the distrust runs both ways and makes one wonder where this will all lead.  Then the recent reports about the military targeting Christians as potential extremists hinted at a planned purging of the US military officer corps, had me wondering if we’re in for a drastic attempt at politicizing and radicalizing our armed forces, where far-left kooks set the policies.

To survive, our country needs to find it’s way back to some shared values and if we can’t do that our Republic will not survive as the great beacon of hope it has been.   For me, the Constitution always served as the keystone of my American value system. Being from PA, well, we are big on the “keystone” rhetorical device, lol.  As a child growing up in a rural village (yes, I know more about village life than the official “it takes a village” expert of America), the turmoil of the 60s and 70s pretty much passed us by.  We did have some hippies move into some old farmsteads and try the back to nature living.  I remember one communal group bringing their kids to our vacation Bible school and I had a few of their children in my preschool class ( I got the youngest group – because no one wanted to deal with all that crying and constant having to use the bathroom).  We weren’t sure what to make of folks living in a commune and they sure seemed uneasy about us.  What happens when people distrust each other is the misunderstandings, exaggerations and fabrications about the other group multiply and spread.  I remember hearing fantastic stories about the orgies, drugs and nefarious doings of this particular group.  After talking to several of these mothers over many months, I realized that they were a Christian group trying to live a simple life in the country.  They named their children Biblical names.  And after getting to know them, I realized these fantastic stories weren’t remotely true.  Even more dramatic was when we had the first black families move into our area – once again more distrust, wild stories, etc., because they came from inner-city Philadelphia (those dreaded “city” people) and it was several families living together and oh my, they were “black” (which to some locals made them as threatening as the whole Soviet Army).  These children rode on our bus and I wanted to learn about our new neighbors, so I talked to them and found out that they weren’t threatening in the least.  The one certain thing I knew was they were scared to death at first getting on a bus with all white kids.  Life in a village taught me (as I’ve repeatedly said) that getting to know people matters more than all the “I heard” or “I have it on good authority” or “everyone says” in the world.

Our leaders need to start agreeing on some simple common values to build trust in our institutions again and also in each other.  If we continue to let partisan politicos send us rampaging about one hot button issue after another, we’re doomed.  We can’t continue to play dangerous, divisive political games where we pit various groups of Americans against each other for political advantage.  The village expert of America, Hillary Clinton, perfected this evil vast, right-wing conspiracy hysteria and we now have a Homeland Security department profiling former servicemen and tea party types as “dangerous”.  We’ve got some right-wing talk radio types who fuel the conspiracy theories about the federal government.  It’s way past time for average Americans to stop letting themselves be played like this.  It’s hurting our country!  We’ve got to agree on some common values – like respect for the rule of law, the belief that everyone counts in America, the belief that the strong must protect the weak, advocate for being a good neighbor in both word and deed.  These are simple values that should not be controversial, regardless of your race, ethnicity or religious views.  If we spent half as much time teaching our children to treat other people with respect and basic manners, as we do with all this politicized diversity claptrap, green agenda and endless causes, we might make some progress at restoring order to our classrooms.  Really, treating other people with respect and taking the time to get to know people – how controversial is that?

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