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the Summer August recess!!! August 19, 2011

Posted by swatkins07 in Uncategorized.
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The month of August has been historically a period in the U. S. of “rest and relaxation”.  Virtually every institution and entity in the U. S. is operating in some type of casual, reduced hour mode.  Churches, libraries, corporations, the Congress, state and local legislative bodies and units of governments ALL reducing the workflow to allow employees and their families to spend some quality time together prior to Labor Day, the traditional U. S. holiday that officially signals the ending of the summer season and America’s return to business.

Everybody, gets to take some sort of vacation, some period of down time, UNLESS, of course you just happen to be the President of the United States of America AND there are people lined up to take your job from you 15 months from now.

So President Obama takes his family to Martha’s Vineyard and in predictable fashion, his critics (many of whom are likely on downtime) churn out the righteously indignant statements that he does not care about all the unemployed Americans because he’s on vacation.

Early this week, a Chicago reporter friend of mine who had just returned from vacation blogged the following:

“One of the nice things about going on vacation — other than the sheer joy of getting away from the daily grind — is that it puts things in perspective.  Having just spent two weeks out of the country, watching my IRA again melt away with the latest stock market gyrations, has indeed put some things in perspective. It’s reminded me of things I knew, but highlighted them.  Things like how evenly and truly divided this country really is on things that count. And how, unless we as a country somehow resolve those differences and work out our differences, we’ll head the way of Greece, Italy and Spain, some of the places I happened to visit.”

He entitled his piece: Can anyone lead America anymore?, as he examined the current state of dysfunction, not just in America’s political system but also among its citizenry.

There is a crazed atmosphere that has swept the nation.  people have divided themselves over any and every thing.  It is almost impossible for groups of people to agree on how to handle most things of substance AND the nation is and will continue to pay the price. But for how long?????

As I ponder this question, I do so looking forward as this nation prepares to honor civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28th with the opening of his Memorial building in D.C.  I reflect on the words of his March 1965 speech, after the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery march, on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama titled “How Long, Not Long”.

Dr. King said, “I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” Somebody’s asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?” Somebody’s asking, “When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?”

Somebody’s asking, “When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?”  I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because “truth crushed to earth will rise again. “How long? Not long, because “no lie can live forever.  “How long? Not long, because “you shall reap what you sow.” 

As so, I choose to believe that this madness gripping many segments of this society shall also not last long.  For certain, we will always have people angry about something and disappointed in somebody, but I choose to look forward, both for the sake of my children and the nation, for Trouble Don’t Last Always and the Summer is Almost Over!!!

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