Okay, I have to say this. The Negative Nellies and Nelsons (on all sides) are dragging me down.
Yes, the government in our country is in a mess. Yes, the National Debt is unsustainable. Yes, there are people who should be removed from office. Yes, the banking system is a mess. Yes, the swamp needs draining first, or nothing else can be done …. Wait a minute. What does that mean?
Are any of our problems really a surprise? Haven’t we been talking about them for years? Sometimes we need to take action to ameliorate part of the problems, and not expect that all of them will be fixed. Sometimes it’s a partial or a temporary fix. Sometimes we have to pick a target and shoot our best ammunition. Sometimes we have to perform triage.
In the case of the Obamacare Repeal/Replace issue, what is the best plan that we can actually get accomplished? Just because the Ryan plan failed, does that make President Trump or his advisors failures, as I have seen in comment sections lately?
All of us – all American citizens, including the elected officials that we support – are in the same boat. We have situations that exist, and that we have to work with, and can’t change, or (worse) pretend aren’t there. For example, Republicans don’t have 60 votes in the Senate, and their 52 votes are shaky, depending upon the matter at hand. Jeff Sessions was barely confirmed. Think about that for a minute. It took VP Pence to put him over the top. A good man like Jeff Sessions. Do you believe there are 50 votes to repeal the 60 vote threshold in order to repeal Obamacare? I suppose they could try that avenue. If they fail, then what?
There have been times in our country when it looked like all was lost. There have been times when we couldn’t see a way forward. We have been frightened, and depressed, and crestfallen. We have been hungry, and cold, and sick, and tired. Some of us even died, or lost loved ones.
There have been many crises in our history, and Americans have met them, dealt with them, and overcome, time after time, with help from God. Are we the ones who will fail? The ones who will give up?
Is it too much to ask for a bit of optimism? A bit of constructive thinking?
Optimism should never be underestimated.
In just a few years The United States of America will reach its 250th anniversary. George Washington called the American political ideal “The Great Experiment.” By 2026 will the Great Experiment have ended?