Standing Strong

I recently attended the Denver Rally to Restore Sanity.  I had a good time watching all the well mannered good citizens in attendance viewing the antics of Jon Stewart and Stephen Cobert on the big screen.  The two commedian/commentators were a saving grace for me during the craziness of the Bush years.  Jon’s pointed sarcasm often laid bare the lies of the Right while poking fun at the milk toast Left.

Remember Cobert’s roast of W while the president sat only a few feet away.  Who can forget Stephen’s “expert” witness during emigration hearings in front of Congress.  I left the Rally very dissappointed.  My dissatisfaction stemmed from Stewart’s milk toast request for us all to just settle down as if his mainly Left leaning audience was contributing to the irrationality dominating the political stage…

Our own president has been a big dissapointment for me.  Instead of the strong leader I hoped for, we instead got someone who acquieced far to many times to the constant “NO” drumbeat the so-called Republican minority employed for the last two years.  I had hoped for the spirit of FDR but instead saw only a shadow of the man who so dominated the stage at Mile High Stadium…was it yesterday?

There is much to be angry about, whether it is an ignoramous positing some hatred towards gays to the recent fiscal commissions report  on cutting the deficit is it any wonder that we can keep from blowing a gasket.  I don’t have any gay friends that I know of at this time.  I have enjoyed the company of gay acquaintances over the years.  Most are folks just like you and me, trying to get by.  Two relatives of mine are gay, pretty nice folks too.  When I hear people denigrating others just because they are different, I don’t want to just set there and take it.

The recent commissions advice to spread the suffereing …cut Social Security, Medicare but not a word about the Bush tax cuts is enough to send me marching to Washington.  Social Security taxes were raised in the 80’s and 90’s to prepare for the Boomer bust out in 2010.  Of the Billions that raised, what happened to it?  A law passed in 1990 was supposed to keep the Social Security fund out of the general budget, did that happen or did it go to help pay for the Bush tax cuts?  Seems the poor and middle class do nothing but help the rich get richer.

Erskine Bowles, the Democratic co-chair, has spent most of his life as an investment banker. He began at Morgan Stanley, and now serves on its board, where he collects a fee of $335,000 a year for attending a few annual meetings. That’s more than 99 percent of Americans earn for working full time.  No wonder he doesn’t have a clue about real America…

Where the hell am I going with all of this?  I don’t want to be angry with those who do our country such an injustice.  I also don’t want to be pushed around.  I don’t like seeing others pushed around unless there is a good moral reason for them to be pushed back.

I’m not sure what the answer is.  I know that we will hopefully be fielding a good candidate for mayor.  We (I) want a person who will listen to all citizens and consider their reasoned desires.  It is difficult to discuss anything with a fool.  I also hope that this person will quietly and intelligently push this city forward in a way that encourages while standing strong against the storms that will come.

I think we all need to have a fire in the belly, stoke it when needed but don’t let it burn you out…then go and enjoy what you like to do, stay strong, be alert and always keep the boilers lit and ready for use when needed.

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