It’s my turn to write the Rag and I have no idea what to talk about.
I could write about:
the fallacious premise of equality on which our modern system of education is based. You know; that weird idea that everyone can and should achieve equally in the same academic environment AND that every student can and should go to college, whether they want and/or are suited for higher education or not. Oh, and if they don’t, it’s all the teacher’s fault. Sigh… there isn’t enough space in six posts for that one.
maybe the much debated health care reform/law/it’s a tax/ it’s a fine/it’ll bring down health costs/it’ll destroy Medicare/socialization of medicine/ObamaCare/Romney already did it in Michigan and it worked, controversy. Ugh.
the current political race in which both sides attack the other on a personal level while sprinkling in the occasional reference to an actual issue. I mean really, other than ethnicity and verbiage, how much difference is there? Besides, the whole thing makes me a bit nauseous.
I look around sometimes and I wonder how our politicians can mess up so much so fast, all with the ostensible aim of “serving” their country. When did cooperation across the aisle become an act of party treason?
Worse yet is the antipathy that has invaded the public discourse. Somehow our civic consciousness has split, the two sides now staring at one another across a chasm neither is willing to cross. Ironically, not only are none of the accusations and insults we hurl going to fix any of our problems, but they are generally two sides of the same coin.
“Conservatives are mean spirited and judgmental.”
“Liberals are co-dependent and naive.”
Our founding document begins, “We the people,” but it feels as if we have lost sight of that unity of spirit which once defined us. Shouldn’t we try and find it again instead of calling names and throwing rocks?
I do not pretend to have all the answers. But my Mother taught me that we all have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Maybe listening to each other, and considering our words before we speak, is a good place to start.