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.

 

 

 

THIS Is America

Over the past few weeks I have written posts about our Divided America.  Posts that were difficult to write, posts that sadden me and make me fear for our future.

These posts have highlighted the divide in our country that has persisted for generations, a divide that seems insurmountable.

While these issues boil beneath us, this week we saw the TRUE America at work.  The America that makes us great, the America we all long for.  This week we saw the best of America, an America that takes care of our neighbors in a time of need and an America that proves once again why we are the greatest human experiment ever created.

As hurricane winds and unfathomable rains fell on the State of Texas, we once again stepped up to lend a hand.

Rainfall levels hit heights that we could have never imagined and the unstoppable American spirit rose to the challenge.

We as Americans don’t always get it right, but in times of need we do it better than anyone else.

I have been in situations where the help of our American community was needed.  I have been through numerous hurricanes and each time as we picked up the pieces, our fellow-man has helped pick us up and place our feet on stable ground again.

Workers, volunteers, financial support all came flooding into neighborhoods where I lived and helped.

Last summer when the mountains and forests around my home were ravaged by wildfires, Americans from every corner of the country supported us.  As the fires subsided, our love for those who came to support burned like an inferno and still burns today with deep gratitude and appreciation.

We see it time and again, when America hurts we come together to support our neighbors and help them move to an even brighter future.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could carry this same level of care and compassion into the day-to-day issues that divide us?

We can, when WE THE PEOPLE take control of the narrative we stand strong and overcome the obstacles before us.  We don’t need politicians, or media to unite us, we just need the great American Spirit that we display on a daily basis.

Houston and its surrounding communities are ravaged by flood waters, but we WILL bring them back and because of the support of a nation united we will make them stronger than ever.

We have seen it time and again and we will see it again, isn’t it great knowing that the American Spirit is alive and well and together we can overcome any issue that harms or divides us……. as a UNITED citizenry who sees a challenge and get’s the job done.

American Heroes, they are not the people we elect of tune into for our news, they are the neighbors who stand with us in our times of greatest need and triumph.

Life’s Playlist…. You’ll Never Walk Alone performed by Elvis Presley

As we watch the misery of Hurricane Harvey continue to beat down the city of Houston and the entire east coast of Texas, our hearts break for the loss these citizens are enduring.

I have been through 4 hurricanes in my life, there are no words I can share here to describe the misery they inflict.

As the devastation continues to be felt, we keep those affected in our prayers.

On this date in 2005, America’s most expensive hurricane destroyed New Orleans when Katrina engulfed the Crescent City.

The affects of hurricane Katrina, Harvey and all the others impact communities for years on end.  Lives are never the same after these storms hit land.

As devastating as the force of nature becomes, one thing also is fully on display when these tragedies strike….. the human spirit and kindness of strangers.

As Americans we don’t always get it right, but when our neighbors, either near are far, are in need we respond.