I have to admit I do admire some of my friends and the upbeat attitude that they have expressed now that we have a new President. The idea being that suddenly LOVE-INCLUSION-AND CIVILITY WILL BE THE NEW WAY FOR A CONFUSED AND DIVIDED NATION. President Biden elected by 84 million votes over Donald Trump who managed 74 million, according to some will somehow bring us all together and live happily ever after. America's motto E Pluribus Unum will suddenly take hold - we will become one. I almost have to apologize for my thoughts which no doubt will be construed as a very bad case of cynicism. I cannot help to think of all the unnamed horrors our country is facing that just get lost in all the speeches and promises of a new America. Of course, working Chicago's streets for 33 years certainly shapes one's thoughts and visions. How could it be that the murder of 3,900 souls in Chicago one of America's great cities, the last 6 years, and over 20,827 wounded go unmentioned? No great promises to at least acknowledge that our leaders are aware of the problem and have a plan. What besides the Killer Virus could possibly come before such an ongoing urban nightmare?
How many times have Americans heard the same old reconstituted words, "IT'S THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY". "A NEW ERA OF RESPONSIBILITY." AMERICA WILL BECOME GREAT AGAIN." ( WHILE AT LEAST 3 PROMINENT POLITICIANS INCLUDING GOVERNOR CUOMO OF NEW YORK WHO IS QUOTED AS SAYING IT WAS NEVER ALL THAT GREAT, TO BEGIN WITH.) Remember when newly elected President John F. Kennedy said these words, "ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY?
All those lofty words and speeches lost to history and most recycled by every politician who presents himself to those of us searching for leadership. Leadership doesn't come about with lofty words and catchphrases. Within a few months of Kennedy's famous speech, he was laying the groundwork that would ultimately lead to the death of 58,578 American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese deaths in a small county 8,500 miles from a divided America. Before it was all over 1 million 353 thousand souls perished. President Johnson followed Kennedy, Nixon followed Johnson they all made big promising speeches. Johnson bellowed about the Great Society and the War On Poverty, Kennedy's Presidency was called Camelot by his newspaper buddies, and Nixon who in the end WAS A CROOK failed to bring the slaughter to an end. Peace with honor he bellowed. Yikes. It gives me the chills.
I'm guessing President Biden no matter how many healing and soothing words his writers deliver to him, America is sailing along like the great un-sinkable Titantic, whether it finds the iceberg that brings it down remains to be seen. We have already started to take on some water. E Pluribus Unum indeed, can we ever get there? It sounded great at one time in our history.
Below are some thoughts that should make you at least smile during these unknown and trying times but first one of my favorite quotes by a very old friend of mine in another life---"Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are NOT, and a sense of humor to console us for what we ARE." Sir Francis Bacon. I know for sure if I did have a past life, I would want a friend whose name was BACON. Enough let's try some humor.
- When one door closes and another door opens, you most likely are in prison.
- To me drinking responsibly means don't spill it.
- Age 60 might very well be the new 40 but 9 pm is the new midnight.
- It's the start of a brand new day and I'm off like a heard of turtles.
- The older I get the earlier it gets late.
- When I say the other day, I could be referring to anytime between yesterday and fifteen years ago.
- I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
- I recently had my patience tested. I'm NEGATIVE,
- Remember if you lose a sock in the dryer it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn't fit any of your containers.
- If your sitting in a public place and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say "did you bring the money"
- When you ask me what I'm doing today and I say nothing, it doesn't mean I'm free, It means I am doing nothing.
- I finally got 8 hours of sleep, it took me 3 days, but whatever.
- I run like the winded.
- I hate when a couple argues in public and I missed the beginning, and I don't know whose side I'm on.
- When someone asks "what did you do over the weekend" I squint and ask WHY, what did you hear?
- When you do squats are your knees supposed to sound like a Goat chewing on an Aluminum can with celery inside?
- I don't really mean to interrupt people, I just randomly remember things and I get really excited.
- When I ask for directions, please don't use words like EAST.
- Don't bother trying to walk a mile in my shoes, that would be boring, spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you out for sure.
- Sometimes someone unexpected comes into your life out of nowhere, makes your heart race, and changes you forever. We call those people COPS.
- My usual luck is like a Bald guy who just won a comb.
I'm hoping some of these brightened the corner wherever you may be.
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