Thursday, September 18, 2014

The View From The Mountain Is Always Downhill.

I was trying to think of what I might write today. It is Tuesday and I am writing for Thursday's blog. I try to write a day or two ahead of time. I really want to write something pleasant, light, stress relieving, even. I get tired of bitching, moaning, and berating feckless and ineffective politicians. Really, I do!

But right now there is nothing pleasant, light, or stress relieving in sight if you are American an have attained your adult years. In America, we have stood on the mountain. Some from abroad think it a golden mountain. For some it may be. But America's greatness has always been that it is a mountain of opportunity. Anybody can play on this mountain.

There has never been any guarantee of results. But from wherever you start out on the mountain you can start to climb. There are no elevators. It is day in day out work, for most of us. You may never get to the top. But anyone can improve their lot in life.

Has America gone downhill? At its core, no. On the surface, I fear so. Bad politics and greedy self centered or, out and out, stupid politicians have dragged us down. We could all make a list. Our lists would vary some, but there would be a lot of overlap of names.

It reminds me a little of Dante's Inferno. We have the nine political circles of hell. The first circle would be the just plain stupid. Those that think Guam would tip over or that man walked on Mars. The second ring would house the willfully stupid. Those that never read a bill but vote for it anyway. Third would be the maliciously stupid. Those that vote for bad law just to be part of the team.

By the time that you get to the fourth circle you find the quietly avaricious. Those that take money or kind in trade for favors. Fifth would be those that pass bills that will grow their individual fortunes. The sixth would be those that write and pass bills for money that they know will harm the country or the American people. 

Seventh would be the ones that hide the evil doing of government employees or other politicians. Eighth would be those that do such evil themselves by manipulating government through their own personal power. Ninth is the leadership that allows and condones doing harm to their country against the very oath they swore. Some play dumb. Some play cranky. Some play deep and thoughtful. Evil wears many disguises.

But they are there. There being Washington D.C. We all know them. Don't be fooled into thinking it's the other peoples pols. Mine are good guys. If you think that you are probably wrong. Right now, like never before, it is time to clean house.

Now that I got that out of my system, how about a nice, stress relieving picture?

Outflow from Scituate Reservoir 

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