I am flummoxed by the rapid descent of American politics into incomprehensible absurdity. My instinct is to lash out against the words and antics of our president and his followers. However, while doing so might make me feel briefly better, it would accomplish nothing but the addition of more flammable vitriol to the already flaming fires of division.
Furthermore, fighting President Trump doesn’t change my focus from what I am against to what I am for. It keeps Trump’s vision and Trump’s idea of America at center stage.
His talking points need to be replaced by a common, positive vision of a progressive and equitable America. Continue reading “Responding to Trump’s Hateful Politics”
The founders of America made a sacred promise to the generations that would follow them: the blessings of justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, general welfare, and liberty would endure for posterity.
While it has often been a struggle, their promise has been upheld as a sacred trust since the Constitution was drafted in 1787. But I fear that we are in danger of becoming the generation that breaks the promise. Continue reading “America’s Sacred Trust”
If you were searching for a candy metaphor to describe the United States, what would your choose ? In their 2011 book (That Used to Be Us) Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum embraced the metaphor idea when they likened the nation to a lollypop.
They extolled the virtues of what they believe are the “five pillars of America’s past success,” but then lamented the extent to which we are falling short today: “Today’s United States is faced with era-defining challenges and is responding with the vigor and determination of a lollipop.” Continue reading “America’s Pillars of Success”
Forming a New Dream for a New Age
D.H. Lawrence wrote, “It is very much easier to shatter prison bars than to open undiscovered doors to life.” But that is exactly what my generation’s grandchildren must do: open the doors we haven’t yet discovered by starting from where they are rather than where we have been. Continue reading “Forming a New Dream for a New Age: A Note to Our Grandchildren”
This Land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island, from the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters, this land was made for you and me. ~ Woody Guthrie, 1940
The America that Guthrie presented in his first verse is a grand and breath-taking land of towering forests and soaring mountains, fertile plains and flowing rivers, mysterious deserts and verdant valleys. It is flanked by vast resource-rich oceans and it is dappled with lakes and wetlands.
Over the centuries we’ve added magnificent cities, irrigated and tilled fertile croplands, constructed interstate highways and explored outer space. Best of all, America is blessed by an inexhaustible and ingenious resource: her people. Continue reading “Rediscovering America”