December 30, 2005

We've got to do better!

Bark in winter, © Janelle Meraz Hooper

This has been a very sad year for me. This was the year I lost confidence in our country. Who would have ever thought that there would come a time when we wouldn’t be able to help our own Katrina victims? After that, our president announced that we would be sending $100,000 to Pakistan for the earthquake victims*. That was like buying one bag of popcorn for a theater full of movie-goers. We’ve got to do better…
Okay, so we can’t save the world. Especially when we’re spending billions of dollars invading countries that have no WMDs. But I don’t think our problems will go away with the next election. We’re like an old teacup that has tiny cracks that eventually join together until the cup explodes. For our children. For our elderly. For all of our citizens needing intense and expensive medical care, we’ve got to do better…
To do that, we need to grow up and stop electing every pretty face that can afford campaign signs. We need government officials with substance. Integrity. Honesty. Intelligence. And above all, an eye for our future and a commitment to the ideals of our founding fathers. Grow up, America! We’ve got to do better…
Do not think that we cannot ever lose our beautiful country. It could happen. Freedom is not a given. It’s a commitment. An obligation. A promise we must keep, for our children and our children’s children, and beyond that. We’ve got to do better…
The above message was not from some educated Harvard graduate (obviously!). Please accept it as a plea from a mother and grandmother. That’s all it is. God bless America!
*We eventually sent a little more.
On my bed table- I’m reading an old text book of my daughter’s, Early American Women by Nancy Woloch. I’ve snatched several of her old textbooks leftover from her college days at the The University of Puget Sound—good stuff!

Whatcha’ Readin’?- B.B. of Sequim, Washington is reading Mary, Mary by James Patterson. Over Christmas, she read: Saving Fish From Drowning, by Amy Tan; The Smoke Jumper, by Nicholas Evans; Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan; and a Jimmy Buffet book whose title slips her memory. I know this woman, and she has always been a voracious reader.

On my DVD player-For tonight, War of the Worlds, and I’m just daring it to be as good as the original. I’m fully expecting it to be just an orgy of technical tricks.

Turtle trivia: Contrary to belief, water turtles do not always hibernate in winter. Underneath the water, they go about their business of being a turtle.
Quote du jour:
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety." Benjamin Franklin

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