Common Imagining

So now we have these cuts. No one thinks they are the right cuts, but the right thinks some cuts are good, and the left has made a point to let us all know these cuts will hurt. Thus, we are first, in a bad place, and second told two kinds of lies about this bad place.

How many senators and representatives have left office, disparaging Washington polarity, only to take even higher paid jobs as lobbyists? A few months ago, and now resurrected, we have been told what a horrible situation is Europe. They needed an austerity program. And not too much later, austerity was ruining things. Italy elected at least one if not two comics; they will do anything for change. Egyptians don’t think they can trust their elected leader any more either. Raul Castro has given his five year notice. Even the Pope was sick of crap all over the place, and he pink-slipped himself.

No wonder no one likes politicians.

And yet the stock market is forecasting a healthy future. The real estate market looks good. Obama has actually already reduced a lot of deficit spending. Durable goods and manufacturing are up. Health care seems to be coming under control more under the Affordable Health Care Act. Regulations and government guidance (pronounced bailouts and repaid government loans) have reigned in a lot of wildness in banking, auto, real estate and elsewhere in business. Tax policy has begun to swing back, countering our ridiculous wealth gap. We might get some gun control laws. And we might get an immigration reform package, too.

Many of the get-rich-quick and economic banality that inevitably leads to bubble economics are behind us. The economy is recovering like a tortoise, not a hare; and that is really, really good.

Though John Roberts didn’t say he LIKED Obama-care, he did wrestle control from the activist judges on his right. Maybe, just maybe, the Supreme Court will rule that marriage rights are for everyone. And they could say we need MORE voting rights, not less.

What I truly hope is that we are entering a time when desperate moves are on the wane, and the regular person is on the rise. If the press will continue to characterize Tea party ideas as extreme minority views, they will become marginalized, and we can all ignore them. It looks like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are signs of what should be a trend. Oh, if Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would ride the same bus as those two! How about if primaries were not dominated by a manipulative activist extremist voters? The last sentence of this paragraph is not, “When pigs fly.” The truth is, the numbers – in voting and in media consumption – are present to push moderate views onto the public stage and restore some sanity.

I think the Tea Party rose as a sort of coalition. Taxes, government, schools, morality… they all needed some big changes, and the Tea party leaders seemed to offer solutions. Many people bought their bill of goods. It got a bunch of them elected, but now we can see, those ideas are not just wild, they are crazy, and they don’t work. People who simply want change are seeking it in common sense, moderate places. Europe is going to equilibrate, American politics will too.

Imagine there’s no crazies, voting wildly for any idea that remotely seemed like restoring sanity.You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!  It isn’t hard to do. Imagine all the people, living for today. Woo-hoo.

About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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One Response to Common Imagining

  1. JP says:

    I do hope you are right Jim, that the crazies are on the wane. (Did Sarah leave Fox because they were tired of a crazy person on the payroll or because she was just tired of working, like when she quit her job as governor?)
    It is true, as you say, that the stock market seems happy, despite the sequester. The problem, as shown in detail today in the Times:
    is that the recovery is producing great profits for corporations (so the stock market goes up) but few new jobs. What is wrong with that picture?

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