It was the big week. The mid-term elections. Where everybody thinks half the people are idiots. It doesn't matter where you stand and what you believe. With great anticipation, millions of dollars were spent (half on idiots) to still be a divided people. In hindsight, it is sad that we can live these dichotomies so vividly. We hate immigrants because they might vote, but we don't vote. We build churches on every corner, in every town and as a Christian country we won't vote and support our belief system. And even if you don't believe, you still have that knowledge of good and bad and you should vote for what is good. Half of us cannot be all wrong. We always discuss what we want, but we never discuss what we need to do. Maybe when we discuss that, we can accept small steps in the right direction and get small pieces of freedom returned to the people. I understand that everybody doesn't have the desire for the same freedoms, but I know we all have the desire for freedoms.
If we run our businesses with people and managers like we elect, we'll be financially broke. I've never experienced life as just a give or take. It is a constant evaluation and negotiation and a diligent process where we sometimes make mistakes. But by taking care of the details, we can usually correct them before they are disasters. I strongly believe in 'we the people' that are made in an image of the Great Designer, that are set free by great love and put into bondage by great fear. We'll talk about this again and again and as long as I can remember we have talked about it. But the pundits plant lust, fear and horror as every day talking points in our way. We are so caught up in the big do-goods or do-bads that we can never see or experience the details of our conscience ourselves.
I say the birthplace of big government is somewhere in small town USA. Small seeds grow big weeds. And small freedoms sacrificed, become big dreams crushed. Not all of us are blessed with the wisdom of Solomon, but it is so hard to follow the wise when they don't have a mouth bigger than their brains. The biggest noisemakers become the leaders. And the biggest promise-makers never had the means to fulfill or execute their promises. So for me it comes down to the simple small details. What do I not want done to me and why would I do it to others? Personally, I've reaped love and kindness long before I knew to sow love and kindness. I reaped freedom that was so sweet that it makes me want to sow freedom. Shouldn't we?
Freedom is what we yearn for. Freedom to be exactly what we can be. But freedom has never been free from responsibility. And it is clear to me that as we have shunted our responsibilities, we have sacrificed our freedoms. As long as we look for someone else to blame or someone else to do, we'll increase the have-to-dos and decrease the want-to-dos. It took a long time to encumber this free nation, but as the encumbrance grows exponentially, we have to realize that no law or rule or regulation ever sets us free. It only enhances the pace whereby we stifle our American exceptionalism. And when we accept that we are not exceptional and the sky is not the limit and we are not free, we lose our glow and glory and hope. I'll never lose hope because I believe half of us are brilliant and should. Which half?