It is obvious that at the time he prepared his words and questions he was upset with what he sees going on in America, just as many of us are as well. But, of course, most people don't want to get involved, they are afraid of being ostracized or they may not even have any real moral or ethical compass to guide them. And, of course, we really don't teach American Government in school any longer, focusing on hype instead of what the Constitution provides for.
In the case of my good friend, however, that is not the case, for he and I have carried on long discussions about the state of many things over the years. And they are always invigorating. Now I don't see him much anymore, but we do correspond by email and talk on the phone at least weekly and he's probably the one person I can really let things go with. I think I serve that function for him as well. So, here we go with his short commentary:
NOTE: Partly redacted from an email to a group he corresponds with to protect all identities. The group had been talking about the trivia of the day and his comments were directed at his aggravation that they don't pay attention to what really should be in the news.
"Who really gives a damn about Bill O'Reilly's lawsuits or Maxine's hair weave. Why are we wasting time on such chicken $*#+? May I suggest we address some of today's most urgent issues instead?
The Student Loan debacle
The housing bubble in many large cities
The problems with N Korea
The over-inflated stock market valuations
The pension crisis nationwide-Dallas being one example.
Our rapidly approaching debt ceiling disaster
The massive auto loan default rates
Muslim colonization of Europe
The Pacific Ocean die off-food chain extinction
GDP growth in 2016 of 1.6 %
Retail sales disintegration and store closures
Our lack of any 4th Amendment privacy rights-CIA/NSA surveillance
Explosive Health Insurance and Health Care costs
Pedophile networks and other assorted perversions in DC
The list goes on beyond my ability to focus on the problems. The "Me" generation has one last chance to address and remedy some of this before we pass into history with a mixed legacy. It would not surprise me to see an "American Spring" in this country by August with some kind of Fort Sumter moment after July 4th. May God help us!"
That's a pretty good list and it is one that will take major efforts to get under control or corrected. After all, it took years to get there. And I think his last comment about an "American Spring" is ominous but also something that's potentially very real. Like it or not, Americans of many stripes are very upset today and don't feel that the federal government is carrying out the responsibilities given it by the Constitution, opting instead to usurp more power for their own aggrandizement. I hope you'll "chew" on that for some time and decide for yourself. Those of you who have read my blogs over the years know where I stand.