O' Come Emanuel!

Even before Monica blew Bill I had already stopped getting sucked into the emotional aspects of politics. It bothers me how little I care about what's happening because caring is one of the "shoulds" that is actually a GOOD should.

The 15th amendment was huge, right? Nobody could be denied the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude. The 15th amendment was passed in 1870 yet it wasn't until 1920 that women were given the right to vote. My voter apathy makes me gag but the political climate today makes me puke! Why then, am I smiling like Bill post BJ while watching the pageantry today surrounding Chicago's new mayor, Rahm Emanuel? I'll tell you why, because he is PASSIONATE about children and education.

You can see it in his eyes when he talks about how much he wants MORE for Chicago's children. I've said it before about Mr. Emanuel and I'll say it again, I think he always looks like he's about to get into mischief. I like it. It's been fun to hear what he has to say. Don't get me wrong, I have loved listening to Mayor Daley. Who hasn't? But the difference to me is that I am HEARING what Mayor Emanuel is saying because he is actually saying something.

Mother Teresa said, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

That's some sweet sounding stuff if you ask me. When it comes to caring for children how can we engage in the dirty business of politicking against each other? Don't' we all want the same thing?

I vote the issues. I lean toward fiscal conservatism but I'm a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to the rights of the citizens of our country. By rights I don't mean entitlements. There is a massive difference to me. So massive that I refuse to even speak of specific issues that our currently ineffective national and local leadership constantly bicker about. Talk about children!

They have had the opportunity to receive enough health care and education to bring them to where they are as representatives of the people yet they are act like uncivilized and selfish brats. I don't have a good solution for the disaster that is our government and horrifying debt. I know enough to know that when I allow myself to look at the numbers and the cold, hard facts about the current state of our union I alternate between gag and vomit. I'm sick about it because of the REASON for it, not the situation itself. What does this all the immature, illegal and immoral behavior of our leaders communicate to your children? They belong to THIS?

We owe it to ourselves to remember that we do belong to each other! We do want the same things. "There is no doubt the children of Chicago have what it takes. Do we?" asked Mayor Emanuel.

This applies to every single child AND every single adult. Today, for the first time since Dan Quayle said, "I understand the bondage between parent and child," I laughed and smiled and felt some hope about the absurdity of parenting a child in this toxic and polarized political climate. Hearing the Mayor speak about taking action was exciting! TAKING ACTION! DOING SOMETHING! I'd be proud to belong to a group that proves to our kids that it's not hopeless.

Good luck, Mayor Emanuel and stay out of mischief. I'll be watching to see what you DO.

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