Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Sex and the Super Bowl copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org 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...
Somewhere in America copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Somewhere in America, a man loses the job he has held for more than thirty years. Somewhere in America, a woman cleans out the office she had occupied for close to a decade. Elsewhere in the United States, a teen unsuccessfully tries to find work. He knows he needs to help his Mom and Dad; each toiled in the factory that closed just down the street. A young woman searches for a professional position, just as she has for the two years since she graduated form the University. Each of these individuals is not startled by the headline, Economy Shed 598,000 Jobs in January. All ask, where have the "experts," Economists, and elected officials been? There is a stark reality barely revealed in this report. For the many who live somewhere in America, the statistic is not news. It is the culmination of life or strife as it has been in the United States for a long time. Countless experience the misery of an economic crisis that consumes them. There is no joy in jobs lost or the threat of more layoffs to come. What occurs most every moment, somewhere in America is the reason President Obama stated in his recent address, this country needs a stimulus package now, not tomorrow, not in a week, or in a month. At least, "3.6 million Americans . . . wake up every day wondering how they are going to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and provide for their children. That's 3.6 million Americans who need our help." What the President does not say is that these numbers represent only the persons we know of. Somewhere in America, in a rural residence, children cry. There is no food in the cupboard. Mom, who is...

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