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The Word Is... Um... What IS The Word???

Several things converged on my head in the past twenty-four hours that made me think to do a thinkpost... which I haven't formally done in a while.

The first thing that happened was angryvixen made a post about homework, more specifically about kids not doing homework, and about preparing students for the tougher, more unforgiving nature of the real world, after school sent them off to the rest of their lives.

Next, tamperevident made mention of the fact that Merriam-Webster has chosen the word "w00t" as the "Word Of The Year."

Then, I literally stumbled into a piece someone wrote about Harvard Management Consultants. This was written thirteen months ago, but I think it's got to be pretty much the same story today as November 2006.

And finally TBS ran the annual "Christmas In Washington" program, taped this past Sunday, where The President sat quietly while the likes of Katherine McFee, Heather Headley and Vanessa Hudgens vocalized. Then, as per tradition, he had to give a thank you of sorts at the end of the evening. He got through the simple speech unscathed, and he had this little look on his face after he uttered the last syllable that seemed to say, "whew! I made it! Go me!"

And that all sort of synthesized into my thinking about the topic of preparedness.

We aren't ready. We simply are not ready for the challenges that are about to face us. We couldn't handle the challenges we were given so far this century. There is no commitment to excellence, but there's plenty of pride. There's no sense that we are improving from where we were as a nation but there's lots of talk. Yes there are always people who are outstanding, people who prove that the human spirit can still inspire greatness. But then you hear about the Ivy League swindlers. Or just look at the DC administration. Is this the new way the rich get richer?

To me, it feels like we're on the ocean shoreline, and the water all rushed away from the beach in a huge hurry. But, no big deal. No one is worrying about that, because there are so many other things to distract, cajole, waylay or divert us. Heck! How can you think to write about what you want to write about in LJ when every minute someone is doing something that could eventually screw up the whole site?

No, I'm not saying any of this is related to any of that. But there's a definite sense that something has changed, something is on the way and nobody is looking to deal with it. I'm guessing that because the people who are in a position to deal won't be affected by it, so they don't care. And the people who will be affected have no ability to deal with it, so they are going to say "whatever."

Even if we could have evacuated every single person from the Gulf Coast before the hurricane hit, the disaster would still be right where it is today. There is still a major stretch of shorefront that is still completely ruined, unlivable, apparently forgotten. Trailers meant as temporary housing still serving their purpose years later. Thousands of homes destroyed. Millions of people displaced. Billions of dollars, gone. I mean, this didn't happen last week. And really, that's just one event.

Aren't we being sabotaged, though? Hasn't Iraq managed to ruin everything on every level? Our diplomacy efforts are weak, as most allies want as little to do with us as possible, and our adversaries even less. What emergency help is needed for people in this country is poured into Iraq. Congress can't stop The President from demanding more and more money for the war because that means that we aren't "supporting the troops." So, the money needed to take care of the problems we have at home is gone.

By the time the spending is over, we will owe our souls to Baghdad, China and/or the oil companies that will pump that crude to the tune of 5 bucks a gallon at your local gas station. When they ask him what color his parachute is, George W. Bush can smile and wryly say "it's the color of America." That's because he's bailing out by using our human flesh.

I feel like I've said this already. And I know I have. But it feels much more urgent now. I don't know if we can avoid the situation that is developing. Perhaps it'll only be a glancing blow, you know, like Hurricane Katrina? But it's already started. And it's so disturbing to see that nobody seems to be focused on the health and care of the general population. Everything seems like a moneygrab, a chance to get favors.

All this reminds me that the final Democratic Debate is this afternoon at 2pm EST/11am PST, with most of the national news organizations covering it live, as well as CSPAN3.

There really is only one candidate that I can see capable of getting us through this very difficult time in World History. I think you know who I'm talking about.

Comments

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phrawzty
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
"There really is only one candidate that I can see capable of getting us through this very difficult time in World History. I think you know who I'm talking about."

I certainly do!

:)
penpusher
Dec. 13th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
As seen in ravengirl's journal:

lwoodbloo
Dec. 13th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Cthulhu For President: Why Vote For The Lesser Evil?
penpusher
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah. If you're going to go evil, might as well go all the way!
cozycloudabove
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
My boyfriend likes to point out that lately, the only thing that Harvard's been churning out are white collar criminals.
serendipity
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I give up, Who 'ya 'gonna call?
penpusher
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Cagey Lady!
twopiearr
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
"It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. " - Douglas Adams

Obstructionist and glib as it is, i very much believe that.
penpusher
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Anarchist.
twopiearr
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Not especially. I just have yet to find a single candidate i've wanted to vote for in my entire career as a voter - every year i'm voting against the idiot i think will do more damage.

makes it hard to keep the faith that there are any good ones left.
penpusher
Dec. 13th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
At least listen to what Obama is saying, how he says it, what he intends to do and how that message is different from the rest of the field. He connects people with what he says in a way that is less rhetoric and more inspiration. I won't guarantee that he is going to be the candidate you will support, but he certainly is worthy of examining.

Not that I'm partisan or anything!
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