inlaws are here so posting will be light if at all. it is hotter than hell here and hopefully today is the end for a while and it goes back to being seasonable. but there isn't any global warming, you see. anyhoo, the cats are half dead and so am i- and it is 7:30am and i am starting to sweat. sigh. see my previous post from a few days ago to see how i feel about sweating. i have thoughts rattling around- so i will get to posting.
folks have said to me that they think that the american people would stand up and fight if an out-in-the-open takeover of our government was attempted. other folks have told me that i sound like i am despairing and that i should have some hope and faith in people. well, the good news is- i am not sad and despairing and the bad news is- i still don't have faith in the american populace to do what is needed to do. that would take courage. that would take conviction to do what is best for people other than yourself. that would be looking at the bigger picture and not living in the now. that would be not passing the buck but taking personal responsibility- which not even folks on the left can quite get the hang of. i am critical of both sides. there's a reason that that bridge in minnesota collapsed- it's called negligence. the folks of minnesota didn't vote people in who said- hey- we need to upgrade our infrastructure so there may be an increase in taxes- or we have to reallocate funds to upgrade. no, the voted folks in who said- we won't increase your taxes- in fact let's lower them. to the point where we are today. they said- hey, i am not going to do anything because i want to get re-elected so- let's hope the damned bridge stays intact until my term is up.
my point is- this happened in what is commonly referred to as 'america's heartland' and if this is what our heart looks like- goddamnit! we are one heart attack away from sudden death. chuckles shumer recently had words about the state of america's infrastructure and he talked about bridges and roadways and byways- but not about the people. if you look around at what we have as a nation- poor health care, crumbling infrastructure, inadequate education system rife with fraud- and you look at our facade- you see a nation in decline. can it be stopped? i don't know. we haven't had the courage to stand up before now- as a whole- to do what is needed- what would lead me to believe that we would now?