For those of you not familiar with North Florida, we do have a winter but not like up north. A few freezing nights, some frosty mornings, and even car windows needing to be scraped is fairly normal. But it doesn't last long and usually, by February, we look like springtime. And that doesn't usually last long. Normally a few weeks and then it starts heating up. By April we are approaching summer, which lasts until late September.
The weather, despite the cold, has been beautiful with clear, cloudless skies and crisp air. It is a joy to experience the peace and tranquility of rural life. Unfortunately for we Americans, I can't say the same about the goings on in DC.
The political scene is a mess and I am really beginning to feel that our system of government is broken so badly that it can't be fixed. I give two examples which I think show the unmitigated disaster of our political leadership. First, the debt ceiling and, second, the Benghazi affair. Let me explain.
On the debt ceiling, once again the can has been kicked down the road for three months. And the Republicans brag about their new toughness, this time concerning the do nothing Senate, which has not had a budget in about three years. They basically stated that in return for the umpteenth extension, if the Senate does not pass a budget they will freeze Senatorial pay until they do. And then they must solve the debt problem, WITHIN TEN YEARS. Boy, I wish I could go in hock and have ten years before straightening it out. And, think about it, most of the Senators are millionaires anyway. Do you think a short freeze on pay will bring them to action? Of course not. Plus, the 27th amendment to the Constitution precludes this.
With regard to Benghazi, Hillary Clinton was questioned by the Senate regarding what happened and why nothing was done to save our citizens. A couple of Senators, notably Rand Paul (KY) and Ron Johnson (WI) were pretty direct and critical. Of course, they are both Republicans. But most of rest, save a few others, played softball and didn't press the issue nearly hard enough. And so, we Americans who pay the bills still know nothing and no one has had to suffer the consequences of this disaster. I hope each of you will pray for the souls of the four brave men who died and ask God to help us get the justice their families deserve.
Sorry for being long winded but I think these things are important and critical to the future of our Republic. But I am thankful that all is well on my little farm, and I can always put my mind at peace by taking care of the animals. After all, they love unconditionally. Until next time. be happy and be thankful for the many blessings that we are still blessed with.