The Cubs win the World Series and Donald Trump becomes our next president. If we believe that all things happen in 3s, I can't even imagine what will happen next unless UFOs suddenly land on the Mall in Washington DC and a giant tin man named Gort comes out followed by a humanoid who looks surprisingly like movie actor, Michael Rennie. If this happens, I'll try and remember those famous words, "Klaatu barada nikto."
All kidding aside, we've had our share of excitement, for some of us good and for some of us not so good. Now it's time for us here in the States to buckle down and get back to work. We need to work hard to bring this country together. You notice that I didn't say back together. We never have and never will all agree on anything and that's ok. I know that we all have our differences but we need to remember that we also have a lot of common ground. We all want what is good for the country and to continue being blessed with its vast resources. And, if we're not happy with the way those resources are parceled out, we have the opportunity to use our vote to voice our opinion.
The news media and the entertainers who we financially support to entertain us, not to give us their political opinions, have caused more trouble than they are collectively worth. If a few singers and actors want to leave us and call another country their home, let them. They may come to realize that other places have such things as immigration laws which may be a lot stiffer than ours. Who knows, maybe they'll be rejected! They might want to look at tax laws as well. Maybe this is not such as bad place to live in after all!
We've had a few days to gnash our teeth or gloat. Let's move on. The world isn't going to end, at least I hope not, but why waste part of our relatively short existence on this planet fighting each other. I'm not naive enough to say something like "lets all work together" but you get my point. Let's try to stop attacking each other and instead try to respect each other's differences. If you've got a gripe, talk about it, complain to someone who can do something about it. Throwing tantrums and rioting will get you nowhere. Act like adults!
This country and its laws are for all its citizens, regardless of race, creed or political beliefs, and yet we're all aware that inequality exists. Whoever said that Life is fair lied. But rather than passing more legislation that will be ignored by those who disagree, why not look within ourselves to perhaps see each other's point of view and think about it rather than react to it. We all learned in Biology class that even one-cell organisms react to most stimuli without the ability to think.. Having a few more cells and a brain, I hope we can do better.
Let us open Channel D and sing Hallelujah!
After living in Georgia for many years, I’ve got to admit that this had been one heck of a long, hot, humid Summer. Halfway through the Winter, I remember wistfully looking forward to the warmer temperatures and sunshine that were sure to come, ready to welcome sweet Springtime with open arms and a song in my heart. Instead what we got was a cold Winter, a very short Spring and then around seventy days in a row of above ninety degree temperatures. Remember to be careful what you wish for!
I guess the same can be said about politics. A lot of people here in the States are not happy with our national government. Career politicians run Washington however they see fit, regardless of the wishes of the voters back home who elected them to serve as their representatives. Agencies that were set up to help those in need have become nothing more than bureaucratic cesspools of inefficiency and wastrels of taxpayer dollars. Those who serve to protect us are stymied by lack of adequate funding and the means to put money where it’s needed instead of where it’s politically favorable. Some special interest groups have wormed their way ahead of the line, demanding particular treatment for some and denouncing the rights of others, tearing our nation apart into various factions. Respect for our government is dropping at a fast rate both here and abroad. Maybe all we need to do is bring about a change in leadership and all things will get better. Yeah, that’s it!
Remember when we started weeding though the candidates to determine who would best represent us? Weren’t we looking for someone who would change the way our government did business, change priorities, change the way it protected our civil liberties as citizens, make things the way they should be? We wanted a leader who would embrace the Constitution and acknowledge the rights given to us through it. We wanted a leader who would stand up for our country, the United States of America, defend it and not let our flag bow down to any country on this earth. Do you remember the results of that search? Do you remember when it occurred? That date was November 4, 2008.
Once again we are looking forward to a change. Be careful what you wish for.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
I’m so happy that the first book in the series, CAMP ZERO by Sean Ellis is finally available. As the children of John and Emma Rourke, Paul and Annie Rubenstein and Michael and Natalia Rourke have grown older in The SURVIVALIST series, Bob Anderson and I felt that they needed room to spread their wings and have adventures of their own. How will they survive in a world that once again is on the brink of imploding?
You realize serious steps must be taken when your children are in danger because of who they are. The adults have been able to carry on for over six hundred years through planning ahead and continuing to hone survival skills brought to the table by John Rourke. Their children have up to now lived in a relatively safe environment, protected by their family and living a pretty normal life considering that Michael is the President of the United States and the rest of the adults are famous throughout the world. As things take a darker turn and the pizza gets closer to the fan every day, the six kids are sent off to learn how to survive on their own. This summer camp is more like boot camp, no slack given because of age or gender. Everyone must learn how to pull together as a team and at the same time learn how to think and act by themselves if necessary. Are they, as modern teens, capable of doing whatever needs to be done to stay alive at all costs? Who can they trust? That hasn’t been an issue so far living in a world sheltered by a loving family. Now, it’s a matter of life or death.
Every parent knows how it feels to send your child off to school that very first morning – a mixture of pride and happiness with a dose of fear that something out there could hurt them and they won’t be at their side to protect them. You rationalize that the other adults that are in charge will carry on with the same vigilance that you display and will be there in case of danger. Still, when they give you that last goodbye wave you feel a pain deep in your heart and wave back to them with a smile frozen on your face.
Is it any easier when you send them off to attend after-school activities, their first sleep-over or when you drop them off for a day at the local mall with their friends? Will there be boys? The anxious wait the first time your child drove off on their own with that hours old driver’s license which somehow coincided with the new patch of grey hairs on your head. These kids are sent off to a summer camp where parents are not allowed!
Are you sure you want your babies to grow up? The Rourkes have no choice and neither do we. What’s important is what they grow up to become.