Month: January 2009

Political Media

patriotic-poster After two years of Presidential election coverage by the news media, I wish they would shut up.  Sounds harsh, I know, but it seems like both those on the left and on the right are continuing to be too political because of their own selfish desires for ratings.  It’s a lazy way of providing content for their 3 hour radio talk shows and 24/7 cable news networks.  There is so much more that needs exposure besides what our president might do, and what it might mean to us.  Right now, this president hasn’t done all that much that is different than our previous commander in chief.

In Washington it is still business as usual.

In my minds eye, the over involvement of the federal government in our lives began at least 60 years ago and continues to get worse.  Untangling the mess will take time and most likely not occur in my lifetime the way I would like to see it.

Should we stop paying attention? No.  Should the media add more diversity in their news reporting? Yes.  After all a steady diet of only your favorite food can grow tiring.  And two years of listening to these media talking heads is enough for awhile.

Remember the sense of unity we had in the days following 9/11/2001?

We need that right now.

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The End, The Beginning, The Future

Tuesday January 20, 2009, 12 noon.

The End of 8 years of the Presidency of George W. Bush. The Beginning of 4 or more years of the Presidency of Barrack H. Obama.

Nothing else will change that day. You and I do not live in a start/stop/start world with strong divisions based on who is in the White House.

We will still be living with the changes that were started during the previous administrations.

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For example, when I was born, Eisenhower was President. Ike sponsored and signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1957 and gave birth to the Interstate Highway system a year earlier. Click here for more info.

The first Presidential Election I was old enough to vote in was 1980. Ronald Reagan won and served for eight years and I found a list of accomplishments online that you can read by clicking here.

During the financial meltdown, there was enough finger pointing that we ran out of fingers. Some pointed to the Clintons, some pointed to the Republicans, some pointed to the Democrats, some pointed to Congress, others pointed to greedy capitalists, others pointed to a broken educational system that failed to teach people how to manage their own debt.

The world has been looking for change. We will get change, slowly, one step at a time. Each change will be praised and criticized. The problem is not going to be fixed by the President, Congress, or any organization either non-profit, government sponsored or privately funded.

The answers are within each of us. Ideas come from people. Change comes from individuals. Test this theory right now.

Here are dates that are more significant in my life than anything government related:

December 11th, September 18, September 12, November 15, April 12, March 17.

Those dates include 2 weddings and 4 birthdays. Each of those events were life changing. I bet you would agree when you look at your own life.

The future will have it’s share of joys and disappointments. Please get involved in your own future and do not depend on our elected officials to change your life, do it yourself. It’s the American way.