I wrote earlier this year that this was going to be a negative year with the elections coming in November. It really hasn’t been as bad as I thought but I am still amazed at the polarization between the ideologies of the left and the right. It’s amazing we are all Americans yet think the country should be run in such diametrically opposite ways. But the founding fathers were some pretty smart guys. They drafted and approved a constitution that has been able to stand the test of time through some pretty tough periods in our history.As a baby boomer, I’m starting to get that creeping feeling like I’m approaching the finish line and wonder why should I care which politicians are elected and what they stand for. But something really goofy happened last week. I went to my granddaughter Alexis’ high school graduation. Yes, my granddaughter. There also sat my younger grandchildren, Shelby and Joey. I could only imagine what this country would be like for them if this country continued down the path it is on.
I am lucky to have a nice place in Puerto Vallarta to run off to. It is so nice down there despite everything you hear in the news about Mexico. It seems like every time there is a killing in Mexico it becomes front page news in the United States, yet I just learned that there have been more deaths in the city of Chicago since the start of the Iraq war than there have been soldier deaths.
We get news about Mexico but we don’t get even more violent news about our own country. Something is wrong with our media or government or something. Maybe it has to do with the Fast and Furious scandal that is now before our own Congressman Issa’s committee in the House of Representatives. What a mess that is. The president has even used executive privilege, which means he had to be involved somehow. That is a major uh-oh.
I’m hoping the electorate this year will find a way to vote for the representatives that will put our country first and not just the country but its citizens, you and me … and my grandchildren. I want them to grow up free like I have. I want them to have the same opportunities to succeed and fail just like me. I don’t want them being told by their big brother government what they can and can’t do to find their happiness.
My daughter and I are working on a book that will present a mind blowing picture of who we are, why we exist and where we’re going when this lifetime is over. She has an uncanny ability to communicate with the “other side.” One thing I’ve learned is that our earth has a soul and so does this country. I’m not allowed to say who, but I have it on high authority that the founders are not real happy about where and how this country has begun to spin off track.
I think we baby boomers owe it to our children and our grandchildren to stay focused and do the right thing. It’s OK to go hide in paradise for a while as I do in Puerto Vallarta, but it is also my duty to make sure I’m here when it comes time to cast my constitutional privilege to vote.
This is going to be an interesting summer and fall. What we need to do is find a way to bring peace to everything and everyone in a way that we are best able to but not at the expense of another. Our purpose in life is peace.