Tonight there is such an interesting cloud around the moon. It reminds me of the fogginess surrounding my week. When you are going along just fine, thinking things are working the way they should, you suddenly trip over your own feet and go down, skinning your knee. It reminds you that you are human.
I didn't literally skin my knee, but let's just say that God's keeping me in a very vulnerable place right now. He's reminding me that I don't have it all together just yet. He certainly has a way of keeping me honest.
To friends around the world - you know who you are - the ones who are outside the U.S., forgive us Americans for our recent, current, and continued madness. If you've been paying attention, you'll know why we're so heated up, why this is so bloody important to us, this election. I'm not normally a news junkie nor a pol, but I have felt, ever since 2000, that if I don't become a little more vocal and convicted about my political leanings, the madness in Washington, led by the likes of Karl Rove, just might continue and take my beloved country down.
And something really tragic has happened in the last couple of decades in America. We've stopped really talking about politics. Oh, we'll yell; we'll protest; we'll make passive-aggressive attacks on each other -- but we will not have a reasonable, polite discussion when we find we are on different sides, behind different party lines. It's gotten very ugly. I have a few special people in my life who are Republican-oriented and care enough to have the conversations with me. I don't limit myself to just talking to like-minded folks. And you know? If you will listen, we all have more in common than you might think.
- We all want change (though we may not have a clear definition for that).
- We all want human rights (though again, we may not have a clear definition. Does it mean yes to capital punishment and no to abortion? Does it mean that a human has a right to do what he/she pleases to an animal? No one can really explain the broad term "human rights" to me).
- We all want the economy to improve (lower gas prices, stable housing market, more living wage jobs) because we're all feeling the pinch -- except those making over $5 mil a year ;-) Frankly it doesn't matter whom you blame for the condition the economy is in. Let's just move on and fix it, okay?
- We all want health care coverage, however it gets paid for. Can any of you honestly say that you think there are people who have no right to safe and adequate health care? I didn't think so.
- We all want peace. I think even the people who think we're working for freedom over in Iraq ultimately want the troops to come home safe and alive. They want peace. No one really wants war. But some do support it because they believe it is a just war. For the record? I never thought it was a good idea, but apparently they didn't count my vote in Congress.
I don't think it's any secret that I was a Hillary supporter. I now back Obama, because my candidate is backing him, too, and he is standing for what I believe in more so than McCain/Palin. That shouldn't mean that we can't all talk, that we can't all get along like Americans. Remember that? Remember unity? Personally, the angst I've been feeling lately is taking its toll. I am having to ratchet it back just a little. That doesn't mean for one second that I've given up or that I'm not just as committed to what I believe in. I just need to have a little peace in my world.
Let it begin with me, you know? Peace - D