Sunday, September 27, 2015

There is No Turning Back

I can remember laying on the living room couch on a Saturday morning, waiting for the sun to come up, and the television stations to come on. I would wish, oh wouldn’t it be nice if TV were on all night? I would switch between WABC, WNBC, WCBS and WPIX and wish, wouldn’t it be nice to have more channels?  Well now my wishes have come true, and I find myself wishing they hadn’t.
But now I realize it has always been in my control. I choose what to watch, and I choose when to watch.  Life is always about the decisions and choices you make. Sometimes those choices are necessary and good, other times they are hastily made and regretted. But they are always there and once made must be faced.
Decisions in leadership and government are much the same way.  Only very rarely is a decision made with the intent purpose of hurting someone. For example, when the hysteria of Japanese invasion ran through the West Coast and the Nation’s Capital, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 and took away the civil liberties of 117,000 citizens of Japanese decent.  Of course it was argued at the time that this was for their own protection from the outraged Americans of European and African descent, but the irony of this rationalization is captured in this quote from one of the internees, "If we were put there for our protection, why were the guns at the guard towers pointed inward, instead of outward?"[i]
For those who believe the best way to affect the evolution of society to match their personal vision, and who favor an ever-increasing role of a Government leadership isolated and buffered within the confines of the Interstate 495 Beltway, I would offer the previous example of abuse as a cautionary tale.  Today we condemn the bankers, Wall Street brokers, and large corporations because of their influence and distain for the average worker, but we have allowed the condemnation to shape the discussion into simple one of party politics.
We have allowed those who would control the debate to shape the language in such a way that any disagreement with the agenda is viewed as “racist,” “intolerant,” or just plain “trolling.”
The choice of our future is in our collective hands, do we continue as we have, or do we alter the course?


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