Well, it looks like our artificial political crisis is about to end. There has been billions of dollars of damage to our economy, much hardship to all of the people affected by the government shutdown, a needless hit to our reputation as a credible world economic leader, and a large amount of angst worldwide. All of this resulting in a very short-term agreement and one that was essentially approved by the senate (with the president’s support) over a month ago. Throw in the fact that most of this was driven by representatives of a very small percentage of the American people and this becomes even more concerning. Congress really needs to re-evaluate how the process is meant to work versus how it was allowed to collapse this time in order to avoid the next crisis – already scheduled for just a few months from now.
I’ve chosen this photo of an American symbol, the bald eagle, for todays post. My selection was guided by two intents:
1) to remind my countrymen and their representatives that we are all Americans and should be joined by our values, our heritage, and our place in the world to work together to solve the hard but soluble problems that confront us as a nation, and
2) this particular eagle did not appear to be in a very good mood but I think it reflects the feelings of the vast majority of Americans that we are disgusted with some of our elected “leaders”. While the eagle has the option of flying out, killing something, and eating it…..we only have the option to exercise our right to vote – and I, for one, will.
I found another photo which could represent the current state of insanity in our Congress. If you look at the Papa elephant (which just coincidentally is the symbol of one un-named political party) and that represents the “majority”. The Momma elephant could be symbolic of the minority party. The thing of note here is that (finally) the mainstream of the majority and the minority appear to be on solid ground – meaning trying together to avert a worldwide economic calamity. Meanwhile, the youngster (representing, lets say, 18% of the country) is throwing a tantrum and splashing around in unknown waters. So….a question to all of you parents out there – would it be better for the parents to take charge of the unruly child or should they just jump in and maybe all go down together? Seems like a pretty easy choice to me …..but then again, I’m not an elephant.
This is a photo I took about 2 years ago in the Arches National Park near Moab Utah. I thought it appropriate to post this as we are all being deprived of some of these sights during the current government closure. It is a little busy but I wanted to capture many aspects of the landscape – the desert, the desert foliage, the red rocks and the snow covered mountains in the distance. This was an incredibly beautiful, quiet and serene setting and it was in an area of the Park where my wife and I were the only ones there. Another reason that this came to mind is that we currently have friends from China who are in the middle of a month long, once in a lifetime trip to the US. So far they have been unable to enjoy the sights of Washington DC and they are currently on their way to the Grand Canyon – I can only imagine what they must think of our current governmental issues. In any case, I hope this scene calms you like it does me.