Monday, January 26, 2009

"I won!" copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. Update . . . A bell rings. The sound reverberates. A sentiment shared aloud resonates within the heart, mind, body, and soul of persons who heard the message. No matter the actions taken afterward, sullen statements are not easily erased from memory. Days before Congress was asked to pass the stimulus package, the President uttered the now famous phrase; "I won," Republicans, as could have been expected, expressed resentment. Immediately, subsequent to President Obama's statement Democrats were said to have followed the Chief Executive's lead. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked if he thought Republicans might block the initiative. Empathically, he replied; "No." Today we know differently. In the House, the measure received no support from the Grand Old Party. As we await approval from the Senate we may wish to consider, the past. Words that evoke division have a lasting effect. Please peruse a missive penned shortly after President Obama reacted to pressure from the "Right." Oh Mister Obama, please tell me it is not so. Days ago, I read and heard numerous reports. You made a declarative statement. Many were shocked. Anecdotally, Congressman and women stated, when pressed by Republicans who disagreed with your position on economic policy, you said, "I won." Will this mean, once again, Americans will be the losers? I fear for the future, for I remember when the words were "Yes we can!" Has this assertion become but an old argot, now trivial or trite? Please tell me. Now that you sit solidly in the Oval Office is the achievement of one all that matters? Perchance, with a "change" in climate, we, the Progressives have become the Party of arrogance. It seems you personally have adopted an individualistic platform. Peace and process talks will be less...
Sex and the Super Bowl copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. Citizens in the United States are complicated, complex, and mostly they act in ways that are contrary to what they profess to believe in. No matter a person's race, religion, or creed, people point to what they think right. Then, especially on Super Bowl Sunday they engage in all, that were someone else to do the same, they would say, that is wrong. Indeed, on the Monday through Saturday, before the final event the sanctity of sex, only after marriage, is subject to interpretation. Voyeurism is at times defined as an involuntary response. Adultery is but a betrayal advocated as merely a reason for divorce. The deed doers surmise the divine, will understand. Humans are flawed. They are frail when faced with animal lust. When stimulated, an uncontrollable desire for sex seethes from every pore. Even the threat of a police sweep cannot assuage the palpable passion. While people may profess puritanical principles, those our forefathers inscribed on parchment, today, as the Super Bowl looms large in our collective consciousness, the American public concludes, they cannot adhere to such strict ethical standards. Admittedly, these beliefs have shaped our laws and sustained a stable society. Americans, we, the people, wish to maintain the moral codes. People say they are proud and proper, except when they are not. The pious and non-believers, each, trust that they practice as they preach, or at least on Sundays. Super Bowl Sunday may the only day on which all bets are off, or on. Some do not seek corporal satisfactions. Instead, in anticipation of the game, citizens count the possible ways they might come by extra cash. Some bet on which team will win, what songs might be sung, or whether the game will go into overtime. Super Bowl...

A being that believes . . . "thinking is the best way to travel!" [Mike Pinder, Moody Blues]

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