Washington dragging us down
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Let’s listen to Garth Brooks song about “friends in low places,” and dedicate it to the “friends” hovering around Washington, D.C.
What we have is a very sad collection of cabinet members, appointed officials, and some elected representatives who are keeping their hands in the cookie jar of our integrity. When caught, they smile like the Cheshire Cat and offer their carefully-honed denials.
Unfortunately, their gambit of illegal acts is so prolific that they are draining the pool of attorneys willing to represent them. The home plate of our democratic idealism has become a swamp of shattered idealism, dashed hopes and broken promises. We have them to thank.
Perhaps the greatest danger of their moral ineptitude is the possibility of our willingness to accept it. Some may listen to commentators who try to sweep away their misdeeds, or hood-wink us into believing it’s okay, no big deal. At risk is what Reagan described as our City on a Hill. America is being trounced, trumped and morphed into a self-serving, tragically flawed, democracy.
In Matthew 21:12, we are told what Jesus did to the money-lenders in the Temple. Now we too have foxes in the henhouse. Will we be cowed by them, belittled by their ill-begotten gains and hubris or perhaps flattered into believing we are on their A Team? What is our measure against them?
We can pay close attention, rise-up in righteous indignation, and when the time comes, lock their lot out.
All of us have a sacred trust for the safe keeping of the United States of America. Some serve, and to them goes the greatest glory. All of us must seek the truth, stay vigilant, informed and be a powerhouse in the voting booth. The survival of our nation depends on us and nothing less.
Alison Lord Stuart