The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


The Queen of Soul sang it loud and strong in “The Blues Brothers”.  I was a great fan of hers and spent hours listening to her belt out tune after tune.  Thanks, Aretha!

Americans are called on to think as we have never thought before.  We are approaching  the most important election in our lifetimes – an election which will decide whether we accept the tragedy of the last three years and make it our continuing playbook – or we turn back to the principles on which this country was founded and begin the process of healing, renewal and recovery.

Abraham Lincoln stated it so succinctly.  “A house divided can not stand.”  And this house has been more than divided.  We have invited the demolition crew to come in with their wrecking ball and destroy it.

America needs leadership of a far higher caliber  than what we are receiving from those whom we have elected to serve us.  And we don’t need it  soon – we need it now!

I lived in the district which sent President Obama to the Illinois State Senate, ultimately providing the spring board which has led to his present office.  I had met him a year earlier as he was the speaker at a local “community action” group.  I was disturbed by his strident “I/Thou” posture – pardon the plagiarism, Martin Buber.

That strategy of fomenting divisiveness has only increased throughout the years and is now at a fever pitch.

Is it because this is who the man truly is?  I don’t know.  But whether it is from sincere conviction or because he is exploiting  a way to get re-elected – it is both damaging and dangerous.

Mr. President – because of your office – you have the unique opportunity to set the United States on a course of re-construction or implosion.  The choice is yours.

As the old knight said to Indiana Jones, ” choose wisely.”


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