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Politics is the art of working together

Now that the new year is well underway we can put down our 20/20 hindsight glasses. They wouldn’t make much difference anyway because this year is going to be one for the books without regard for what might be considered normal or to be expected.

The caucus races with the attendant posturing, polls and predictions have had their big moments in the sun. If you are a lover of classical music I am reminded of Revel’s Bolero. The months to come are going to be just like the music... a steady repetition of the same message building into a crescendo that will be the most momentous occasion of this year and perhaps the decade.

As the clock ticks the world seems beset with contentious causes. No matter where or when, we are overrun with a multitude of ideas, most in conflict with either the status quo or some wacky idea that is the consequence of a ‘study’ or new pronouncements from a religious body. 

An interesting aspect of all these ideas that are flying around is that the torch bearers are right beyond reason. As someone once said, “it’s their way or the highway.” 

It the olden days it was not too difficult to reconcile your opinions with others. General agreement made for many pleasant moments. Now-a-daze it seems that you dare not say anything lest someone climb all over you. Why are so many people touchy?

One possible explanation, at least in my mind, is that the air waves (old fashioned term for the younger readers) are full of opinions about everything. Then you have a candidate like Ron Paul giving voice (on national TV) to ideas that have the life span of that proverbial snow ball in Hell. Are you kidding?

Is it possible that simply by getting air time you legitimize worthless thinking?

And if you are trying to make sense of anything the current regime is doing, good luck to you. 

What will be a classic example occurred on February 15 in Washington, DC. The distance between buildings got much greater. In the court room of the Supreme Court, White House lawyers defending  Obamacare, declared that the insurance mandate was perfectly legal because it was a TAX and the government has the power to impose taxes.

Meanwhile, in a House committee meeting room on Capitol Hill, a poor hapless schmuck from the same White House was also defending the insurance mandate. Unfortunately for him he had missed a meeting of some sort because he said the mandate was not a tax but a FINE. The President’s contention about the mandate, according to those who understand all this stuff, is “indefensible.”

But then, there have been some better moments in our society despite the incomprehensible acts of mad husbands. Perhaps all this crazy stuff that is happening causes us to be less than congenial. We can’t all be mad all the time, can we? 

A bright star in the sky has been the sudden rise of a Harvard graduate to shine on the professional basketball court. Here I thought that all the Harvard grads had to either be MBAs (business majors) or lawyers. We do have a problem. The politically correct need to identify him not as a Harvard graduate but as something hyphenated. In my mind Africa and Asia are huge continents (most are) but Asian-American won’t get it. So it would appear that this hot round-baller is Chinese/Taiwanese-American.

So here is the matter of contention again. We think Taiwan is independent but the Chinese don’t want us to do that, so if you are going to talk about Jeremy Lin give a thought to whom you are speaking lest you be impaled on the politically correct spear.

That idea he could cinch a game with a 3-pointer after accumulating 35 is a great story. Sad to note that the Afro-American players have not heard of him

Anyway, I am for more consensus just because it made for happier days. Scrapping over every little thing may be the stuff Debbie Wasserman Schultz is made of, but it reminds me of bad breath. And that Harry Reid needs some spa time. And I don’t have much use for those attack ads that the devout Republicans are running. Since they all stress their religious beliefs, I can only assume they missed some Sunday school lessons.

We came a long way without being so contentious. The power of positive thinking that Dr Peale preached has its place NOW. What we need is support for the ideas that will restore the pride we once had in our drive. I hope the ability to be great still resides in our hearts and minds. Anything less is beneath us.

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Paul Rechnitzer Paul Rechnitzer Transplanted 30 years ago, Paul is a retiree from the oil business who knows no other place he would rather live and breathe local history.

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