"Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Monday, July 10, 2006

This post has no running stuff in it.....

An interesting thought occurred as i was watching the Cherry Royale Parade after the race on Saturday....

Jenny...the hottest governor, in the U.S. was walking the route. Yes, it's an election year, but many government types walk this parade. One year Gerald Ford did it.

And of course she was met with more than a few boos and applause. It was heated from both sides. Fun Guv'nor even made a snide comment loud enough for a booer to hear about the immaturity of booers of our elected officials. i'm not a Bush fan but i would at least not boo him at a public appearance.

Personally, i applaud the mess she has had to try to deal with. Y'know she cut some programs, she had to start creating some sense of fiscal responsibility. Fastest shrinking population = less tax dollars to use, no free lunch, duh...

Anyway, my point. So after visiting Gettysburg i left struck with the feeling that as a nation we are not all that far removed from the Civil War. TV loves to do "news" articles about the extreme differences between the BLUEs and REDs.

We are so torn, and i have caused to reflect on the words spoken by my favorite president, ironically a republican. Also the first president to lose the popular vote and be elected. Also, believed by many to have been a homosexual, but waaaay of the point unless in context to right wingers being homophobic.

Anyway, Honest Abe asked questions about us, the people. Can a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal endure?
and Can a nation so divided be saved?

i'd like to add one more question...

Considering the passion by which people consider themselves RED or BLUE are we that far removed from our Civil War forefathers?

The buddhist in me says our nation was doomed to fail from the beginning. i will not go quietly into the night though...

i'm going to be nicer to republicans, or at least try.

it's a start. but if those bastard red staters keep taking and not giving back, i'll stop!!! ;)

5 comments:

Lisa said...

Will you be nicer to Indepdents, such as myself, as well? I'm still very bitter that we live in a two-party system. :(

Mike said...

Of course...

i love independents.

Kim said...

Can't we all just get along? BTW, the "Abe might be gay" thing really gives a whole new meaning to the term "beard", doesn't it?

Animal said...

Whoa...treadin' on MY territory with this blog, bro! Well thought out, and well said. I've often thought that the NEXT Civil War fought in the U.S. will be along the very ideological lines you've just so eloquently stated. I also like Kim's question: can't we all just get along?? I know that I'm willing to live with the odd thinking of my uber-conservative neighbors...it just doesn't always seem to work in the reverse.

Mark said...

I do NOT like our two party system. It sucks for me, cause, I'm in the middle, yes, a moderate (that's what I consider myself anyway). Peole like the good Sen. Kennedy really bother me. We should just call him Sen. OJ! Republicans are getting to conservitive for me, and I'm from NH, Live Free or Die! I think we need to clean house! Our government isn't making much sense these days. I could care less if you burn the flag, just tells me you're an idiot! And why can't we concentrate more on where we live, and worry about the others in the world 2nd?
There's no doubt in my mind there are people out there that can do a great job running this country, but, our press won't allow that to ever happen. Jerks!