Life’s Playlist…. The Last Song by Elton John

On this date in 1991, Magic Johnson announced his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers due to his contracting the HIV Virus.

The HIV Virus which is a precursor to AIDS has taken too many of my friends.  I give thanks every day that I am healthy and that the virus never touched me in a personal way.

I have seen the horrors the virus takes on a life and during the 80’s and 90’s too many people suffered.  Thankfully for those affected today, the HIV Virus is no longer a death sentence but a disease that can be managed.

Magic Johnson is a testament to living with the virus and what medications do.

I remember my friends, those gone too soon.

 

Life’s Playlist….. Out Here On My Own by Irene Cara

The words of this song are perfection.

Life’s Playlist…. My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen

There are major issues in our country with solutions that seem to be going nowhere.

Big issues that affect every American are being pushed aside by elected leaders on both side of the political spectrum.   Instead of addressing the major issues that impact our daily lives, wedge issues are being pushed to appeal to their bases.

Here’s an idea, if the President and our Congress are really SERIOUS about issues like healthcare and tax reform I have a sure-fire solution that I guarantee could get majority passage on both issues.

IF I WERE PRESIDENT……

If I were President I would call a join session of Congress, have it televised and as I stepped to the podium my entire speech would be….

My fellow Americans, I stand before you tonight as your President knowing that major issues that affect us all are not being resolved and “We the People” deserve better.

With this being said, tonight I call on Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leaders Pelosi and Schumer to appoint four members from their aisle, and their respective arms of Congress,  to focus on healthcare, another four from each side of the aisle to focus on tax reform.

In 24 hours they are to report to Camp David.  The assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Budget Director will meet them there.

These elected officials and my representatives will not leave Camp David until they have reached consensus on these issues that affect us all.  They will stay at Camp David for as long as it takes.

Once they leave Camp David, I expect your leaders to ensure passage of these bipartisan solutions.  None of us are going to get everything we want in these deals, but it is time we stopped working separately and worked together for the American people.

It is time we, your elected officials, got to work and solved the problems that affect us all.

Thank you, may God bless the United States of America and good night.

And with that I would walk off the stage, end of speech.

My bet is, within 5 days there would be solutions.

Life’s Playlist… Bridge Over Troubled Water performed by Eva Cassidy

My heart aches for Las Vegas, it also aches for Columbine, Virginia Tech, Orlando, Sandy Hook and on and on and on.  My heart aches.

My heart aches that there is a percentage of our society that has such a lack of care, compassion and love for others that they would gun people down at a concert, or school, or night club.  My heart aches.

We pray for these cities when massacres happen, we thank the first-responders, we give blood, we tune in to telethons, our hearts ache.

At what point will our heartache turn to action and demand SENSIBLE gun controls and increased mental health education?

When will our heartache be enough?  This time it was 59, will it be enough at 75, 100, 150…. when will our hearts stop aching and do something about it?

 

 

Life’s Playlist….. God Bless America performed by Celine Dion

With all that is going on in our country today, the September 11th Anniversary has almost been overlooked.

On that morning sixteen years ago, America was attacked and our lives have never been the same.

Thousands died and millions saw their way of life turned upside down.

On this September 11th, we remember.  We remember the lives lost and changed, we will NEVER forget.

Today’s solemn anniversary also finds millions of our American family suffering as the result of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.  We stand united on this and every September 11th.

God Bless Us All and God Bless America.