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We The People

By Ken Poland
January 30, 2013

"then there will be no speaker in all the world say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision. The mob—the crowd—the mass—will arrive then."
Angelo, I've agreed with you that poets, musicians, and artists are a better source of history for the common folks in society than the politically and religiously powerful and those who decry 'political correct' (PC) as a weakness.

The majority of those devoted to poetry, music, and art seldom attain great wealth and prestige during their lifetimes. Oh yes, their are some who strike it rich, but their genius is usually only discovered after history and time reveals the inner wisdom they had. And, sad to say, quite often it is discovered that the ones who received the honor and glory were not the real talent behind the works. Those who are purely entertainers or actors are rewarded or denied on the spot.

Is the quote I've selected, from Carl Sandburg, a picture of today's Republican leadership? We see a little evidence of their weakening stance of absolute refusal to accept what appears to be the honest position of 'the people'. The fact that Pres. Obama won the popular vote rather decisively (no landslide) and that the Democrats gained seats in both houses of congress has to be an indication that more people aligned themselves with the campaign rhetoric of the Democrats than the Republicans.

Apparently, the majority of the electorate saw the Republicans as representing the interest of the wealthy and privileged and not the plight of the middle and lower income segment of society. The Republicans have pretty much validated that perception. They are pretty adamant in declaring that the ’47%’ are going to steal the economic wealth of the nation, unless they can prevent Pres. Obama from influencing government decisions..

Partisan and religious loyalty quite often prevents people from accepting faults of their chosen party or religious sect. Is it a show of weakness to admit fault? Or, is it a show of strength and confidence when we accept our mistakes and, maybe even, join the other side to correct those faults? Of course, we first have to admit failure and sometimes we just refuse to do that.

Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have the absolute solution to our Nation’s perceived weaknesses. No single religious group, Christian or non, has the absolute solution to societies ills and miracle cures. Why not? We are all human and seem to be incapable of perfection.

Is it a sign of weakness if I, as a Christian, admit that an Atheist, or adherent to some other religious group, has an idea that benefits society? Like it or not, the Christian and the Atheist (the two extremes) are consigned to co-existence here on this old earth. At the end of our time on earth we won’t have to worry about co-existence with one another. But, in the meantime, we had better begin learning to co-exist. That fits for the Democrats and Republicans, as well.

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