While being sidetracked this past Sunday morning, unable to attend church because of hazardous icy roads (besides, our church had to cancel service due to the weather), I decided to watch a few Sunday morning political talk shows with the usual suspects. What can I say?
I must admit. I do have an appetite for politics but not so much for a few politicians who are more apt to see themselves holding office as a lifetime job than for working on behalf of the constituents who helped them get elected.
Since the election of President Obama, I had already settled the notion that he would not and cannot fulfill all the promises he ran on. His position and policies on a number of things, I don’t personally agree with, nevertheless, I will always give him due respect as the appointed one God chose to be president of these United States.
Now, here we are at the beginning of 2015 and John Q. Public is getting a sniff of who wants to become the next president. The big tent with the two major ringmasters (Democratic and Republican parties) is getting their best circus acts ready for primetime.
On the Right you have three times might be my charm, Mitt Romney. The white house is our second home, Jeb Bush. I’m too busy yelling to hear what you want, Chris Christie. Ann Rand would have been a great Vice President for me, Rand Paul. And then there are the others, too many to mention but a few that make you say, why? Governor Rick Perry I wanted to secede from the U.S.A, Dr. Carson, I left my heart at John Hopkins, Senator Lindsey Graham, the south will rise again, Senator Ted Cruz, I just want to rule America and the, I’m just plain too angry to care about anyone but myself, Senator Marco Rubio.
On the Left you have, I’ve compromised for the old boys club long enough. Now it’s my time Hillary Clinton. Eight years as V.P. gives me the right to become president, Joe Biden. After these two recognizable figures comes former governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent), former Senator Jim Webb and Senator Elizabeth Warren who is in a league of her own.
On Tuesday, January 20th President Obama will be making the annual State of the Union Address. After his speech will be a response (or more so a rebuttal) from the Republican Party. Regardless of the speech and response, we Americans, have to ask ourselves, is this all that we get?
Over the weekend, I had the joy of watching one of my favorite movies, Network.
If you have watched this 1976 Sidney Lumet classic movie, you may recall that the movie had several unforgettable scenes and rich dialogue. One of my favorite scenes is when the elder news anchor, Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch), flips out and begins to let his news viewers know that their American lifestyle is just a big lie. An illusion.
The dialogue which was brilliantly spoken by Peter Finch, still echoes in my thoughts, as the character Howard Beale continually shouts at the television cameras. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore. ”
Network was a 1977 Oscar Award winner (actor, actress, supporting actress and best screenplay). I encourage you to take time to watch the movie if you haven’t already done so or look at it again, just to refresh your memory as how prophetic it turned out to be. It will not disappoint you.
Having said this, I wonder what would happen after the State of the Union Address and the Republican response, if Americans stopped what we were doing, and stepped outside our comfort zone, to yell to the top of our lungs, “We are mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
When you had enough, no matter how much you attempt to quail your temper, you are surely going to act out your “enough”, verbally, emotionally or physically, and prayerfully in the future “ we will get back to putting our trust and faith in God and not in man.”
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
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