Morning Thanks

Garrison Keillor once said we'd all be better off if we all started the day by giving thanks for just one thing. I'll try.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Morning Thanks--Resolution


For some, at worst it was an inconvenience.  For me, if I hadn't watched or listened to news, I probably wouldn't have even known it happened. For many, it was scary even frightful. America lost 24 billion, according to Standard and Poor's.

For some, for true believers, it was an achievement. Others felt as if the whole nation was descending into chaos. For many, it seemed for a time as if American exclusivity was, at best, a lie, democracy itself falling apart before our eyes, America a fairyland of hypocrisy, a culture dedicated to export its own version of liberty and justice for all yet clearly dysfunctional itself. 

For many around the world, it seemed insane. For sometime-enemies, it was a delight to witness what most around the world saw as madness.

For some, the resolution means finally going back to work. Rushmore opens. Campgrounds unlock their gates. Meat inspectors hit the road. Panda cams start up once again. For government workers, the resolution means getting salaries for two weeks of vacation, courtesy, ironically, of those who despise government waste.  

For a stenographer present in the Senate chamber last night, the resolution prompted a loony tirade about God, about not serving two masters, a fit of madness that had her escorted from the chamber. For Mitch McConnell, the resolution created praise from Harry Reid, his arch rival.

But the madness is over.

For now.

John McCain called the whole thing "shameful," an "agonizing odyssey."

President Obama, who wouldn't give in to what he called "extortion," lauded the efforts of Senate leaders to forge a compromise that would end the shut down.

Ted Cruz, who started it, claimed that what was accomplished during the shutdown proved to the American people that their utter distaste, their anger, their hate for Obama and Obamacare, had real, positive traction. The House bill to end the shutdown, the resolution, he called "a terrible deal." 

He is, to some of the American public, a messiah--to most, he's a madman.

This morning, I'm just thankful that it's over.  

For now.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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dutchoven said...

McCain also called it- "Childish." If it were your children in your house, you would discipline them for not exercising compassion and common sense toward each other and those around them.

You have to go to back to Ronald Reagan- whom both Democrats and Republicans for the most part respect today (yes, even Obama!); he had a little plaque on his desk for everyone to see: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.”

Somehow that wisdom was lost in this whole sorry episode- no one is right, everyone is wrong, that is what we gained from this impasse in Washington. There are now winners in Congress- only whiners (and you can take that word more ways than one).

It is hard to say that the stenographer was the only one that should have been carried out of the capitol last night...there are a lot more.

I don't agree with Obama, like his policies, but to "stamp your feet, and rant" like all the elective officials did was nothing less than bullying. The Media just got richer and everyone else a little poorer.

I haven't yet voted for a Democratic President, and probably won't soon- too much baggage with social issues associated with the party. However you can bet I will be looking for someone who can get something done and act a little more "Christlike" for the office.

Only way to assess this whole episode- shameful.

Anonymous said...

Dutchoven, thanks!

You wrote: "Only way to assess this whole episode- shameful." I agree... But you have seen nothing yet...

24 billion dollars lost is child's play. Watch the impact of Obamacare and the national debt on the economy and our future generations...

John Stossel illustrates this impact best by playing on a blanket with two children under 3 years old and takes away their toys... powerful piece of footage...