What a whirlwind of activity I’ve lived since my last entry, thinking in back of my mind that I would return to my WordPress writing ….soon. Well, it has been almost two years!
During that time I had an awakending… I mean, an awakening. (Well, maybe “awakending” is the right word!) I read two books that turned my life around and caused me to become politically involved: The Wal-Mart Effect and The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. After reading those books I could not stop searching for more insights into the goings on in our country. After an initial week or two of being ill, nearly nauseous from the realities I had faced, I was consumed for months with shock, a sense of betrayal by my country — and those in politics and big business who grasp power — and then I felt energized by determination and exhilaration when I realized I was no longer in denial.
I became impressed with Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, and worked in his primary campaign in California. Then when I had an opportunity to combine visiting Washington, D.C. with hearing Dr. Paul speak at the Capitol Building I could not resist. It was my first visit to Washington , D.C. and what a wonderful experience it was. I walked every day many miles to visit as many monuments and buildings as possible. I stayed only three blocks from the White House.
After the primaries, I followed the two major parties for a time, not particularly intrigued with either candidate, but growing more at home with Senator Obama. I was grateful that he edged out Hillary Clinton, only because I was not comfortable having Bill Clinton in the White House. (Sorry, Hillary.) When Obama received the Democratic nomination and selected Joe Biden as his running mate I was pleased, as you would know from reading one of my earlier posts. When McCain won the Republican nomination I wondered whether the Republican Party could not do better… McCain is a fine individual, but I lacked interest. When he selected Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate I was stunned. I could not vote for the GOP ticket if this important decision was an example of McCain’s most mature and wise judgment. What a disappointment, and a signal to me that the country was placed behind ambition. I still feel queasy when I think of it.
Fortunately Senator Obama won the election. And by the time that happened, the tension had built to such heights I was jubilant, as was over half of the country. Not only was it an historic election, but more importantly, we chose someone who is right for our times, a gift we must not squander, someone with a broad vision and a wide cultural understanding. Best of all, he is a man of intelligence and character, and good temperament.
The prize he won is a burden — a crisis here in America, and around the world. I do hope that people will pull together, help one another and live with compassion and self-discipline. Self-discipline not only in tolerance and patience, but also in budget. The years ahead will test and temper us — as the finest steel is tempered by fire.