A traditional Scottish prayer pleads, "From ghoulies and ghosties / And long-leggedy beasties / And things that go bump in the night, / Good Lord, deliver us!" I often wish for the same deliverance from those things that intrude upon my thoughts and haunt my mind. Specifically, I wish I could just ignore the dichotomies, ironies and intellectual inconsistencies that are endemic to our political processes, and that explode into epidemics as election day draws nearer.
Do we have the government we deserve? The adage, "we get the government we deserve," has been around for quite a while and some say it is based on the biblical adage, "as you sow, so shall you reap." One can certainly make a good argument about the similarities between those two sayings and what we see today in this primary season that may well spill over into our fall elections.
Women don't change their husbands as often as they rearrange the furniture. A few months ago my wife had an inflammation that required her to take some Prednisone that kept her awake all night. She had purchased some furniture sliders at a garage sale (garage sales are fodder for a future column) so she could just slide everything around to her heart's content.
If you think about it, hardly anyone who tries to sell you a product or to tell you what actually happened when something major has gone wrong ever tells you the whole story. If it's a salesperson, a friend offering you an unbelievable deal, a politician or a lot of other folks, they will never tell you everything you need to or should know - sometime it's on purpose, other times it's accidental.
You expect most television shows to be a little farfetched when it comes to their story lines, but the more I see, the more I think they are somewhere between the twilight zone and the outer reaches of the universe. Just about every twist and turn stretches the viewers' sense of probability. But the current slate on television is far more believable than the competition from the most improbable reality show that is found smack dab in the center of both major political parties in the United States.
Wow, the year started out with a bang as an angry president took his latest shot across the bow of the nasty gun lobby - aka the National Rifle Association (NRA). His salvo was in the form of a teary plea for a call to urgency in combating gun violence. I understand his frustration, at least in the call to combat violence and to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, but this latest executive order is another case of "fire, ready, aim!"
What a year! I've never picked a Person of the Year before and I have a real philosophical resistance to picking anything or anyone as standing out from the crowd that much. In virtually all cases for "something/someone" of the year, the person chosen is a celebrity. And yet, I will bet every bit of money I have that some obscure individual in some remote corner of the world has done far more to help his or her neighbors than any celebrity, politician, doctor, dentist, psychologist, scientist, sociologist, teacher, banker or trans-sexual.
Some history again this week; I'm not certain if this will be a long-term trend. Somewhere around 2,000-plus years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Most Christians believe he is the Son of God, one of the three persons of the Trinity, and truly God and truly human. Christianity is based on his life, teachings and preaching.
Sorry people, it's time for a history lesson. At the request of Congress, President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation on Oct. 3, 1789.
We arrived home from Brainerd last Friday evening after some light shopping and turned on the television a short time before a couple of our favorite programs, and to say we were shocked is well beyond an understatement. We were speechless and barely breathing as detail after detail of the murderous rampage in Paris was relayed by the newscasters. Things haven't changed a whole lot since then as I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of all of this. The believers and practitioners of Islam cover a wide range, just as their Christian and Jewish counterparts.