The State of “OUR” Union . . .

The POTUS Speaks
Howdy, All!

Yes, it is Wednesday … and it has been Hump Day seemingly forever! As is customary around here, we look for things to be positive about, though at times, it gets difficult.

How many of “us” watched the POTUS’s “State of the Union Address” last night? I mean, if we can watch an awards ceremony, don’t you think we’d want to know what’s going on in our government? Do you think most kids know that Speaker of the House John Boehner’s father was a bartender? Now some might say, “I don’t care?” That’s okay, too … for “you!” But maybe we ALL ought to care about how someone like that rises to a pretty high position in national government, and then seeks to nearly stop the SAME progress for other Americans who are struggling to keep a job, a roof over ones head, and food on the table … not to mention medical coverage for their family members and opportunites for higher education.

These are the realities in this country, which I think the POTUS did a good job of showing Americans the “faces” of people who have struggled, stared death in the face as the young soldier who was rescued by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan as he lay face down in the mud! He even mentioned how the “bi-racial” son of a single mother had experienced enough support, fought hard against all odds, stared racism in the face, and still became president of one of the most powerful countries on Earth so far! “I don’t care!” is the catch phrase that people use when they don’t want to look at the issues at hand. Of course we care! It’s just a bit much to fathom at the time the often ironic situation presents itself … So, we are more comfortable saying “I don’t care!”

Many people find opposition to many and any of the POTUS’s words and plans as he seeks to handle issues like immigration reform that plague this nation and divides us like the Red Sea! It’s amazing how folks seek to separate themselves … black men from black men … single parents from those with close knit nuclear families … those with blessings from those without blessings! It seems that we often like to be on opposing teams, just because we can! Why not come together and live up to the American creed of “all ‘people’, though originally men, are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!?”

May we each have a blessed day and be grateful for our lives, grateful for opportunities to help others needing and appreciating the help, and be the best that we can be!


John I. Cook, Director

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