A Breath of Fresh Air in Washington
It seems that our politicians in Washington are a bit confused. They say things, repeat them a thousand times, and then they start all over again and say the same thing over and over. Republicans such as John Boehner from Ohio, John McCain, and Mr. McConnell from Kentucky can’t seem to get past “earmarks” and “Oh My God” when it comes to the staggering amount of the budget. Maybe, just maybe, they just couldn’t find the words to express themselves when Mr. Bush was President for eight years, and just now, with Mr. Bush hiding in the hills because of all the chaos, the disaster of the economy, and the two wars that were never included in the budget, their voices are coming back, but only in mono-syllables.
There is something very strange in Washington and seasoned lawmakers just can’t put their finger on it. This strange cloud over Washington is known to the citizens of the U.S. and to the world as “Truth.” Truth has not been around very much in Washington, and if it did come up for air, the likes of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney basically stomped it back down until everyone started forgetting just what Truth was, what it stood for, and how very essential it is.
There is a breath of fresh air in the hallowed halls of the White House. The windows of secret meetings and shredded e-mails have been opened, and the doors of anti-bipartisan-ship on the part of the Republican Party are also open and allowing the voters, their families, and every man, woman, and child to know exactly what is going on in their government, even though at times it might be hard to swallow. The “real” owners of the White House, Congress, and the Senate are alive and well, and for once, they are given a chance to see the sunlight and to be heard.
While speech is coming slowly to the Republican Party, particularly when they just can’t phantom how the economy got this way, you have to give them at least credit for waking up and smelling the roses – the beautiful fragrance and luscious blooms of “Truth.” The economy did not take a turn for the worse since January 20th, but we can give them some time. However, if Truth Be Known, what didn’t work for eight years is at the root of a lot of the chaos and devastation America is facing. More of the same is not the cure. If you have a cold, you don’t stand in the snow and rain and hope that it goes away. You embrace change, think differently, and realize that people are not insignificant, they do count, and they can and do make a difference in the careers of politicians. So let Truth be Free and as in the old Bambi movies, I would like the Republican Party to realize this – If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. For if you do, your foot may never come out of your mouth and how are you going to campaign for 2012? Something to think about Â©Arleen M. Kaptur March, 2009
Arleen M. Kaptur has written many books and articles on everyday living and finding peace and joy in all we do http://arleenswriting.blogspot.com