Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The four essentials for national recovery - I just have to have my say


This is my epic piece. As I review my 92 years I feel the time has come to put in perspective the lessons I've learned and make one final, unsolicited, statement relative to the country – and perhaps the world. It's necessary because I feel we are facing a situation even more difficult and complex than World War II. Certainly there is now the threat of military annihilation and the challenge of globalization. Yet this is all accentuated by the fact that our country has lost its way because of a failure of leadership and national morality.

Yet this can be the dawning of a new age – just as the "discovery" of the "NEW WORLD" seemed to develop new opportunities for a new start around the 16th century. (How we muffed it by conquering native peoples and enslaving others is another story.) I believe there is a realization today that the world is truly "ONE WORLD" and that we must make it just that, or we are in danger of LOSING OUR WORLD.

I believe the future can be unlimited if we realize the opportunity that is here by giving voice to these four issues and movements.

  1. The ideals and aspirations of young people.
  2. The continued increased contribution of women on the National scene.
  3. The wisdom of the oracles. I find it fascinating that in trying to write the word, "Prophets" my a Dragon dictation machine persisted in spelling "Profits". At last a machine smarter than humans. The scourge of the American society has been to enthrone and equate power with monetary excess.
  4. An understanding of the importance of the tribal phenomenon.

While the first two items encourage me by their present progress, my overriding concern is with the last two. Certainly the "tribal phenomenon" is a present buzzword. Yet it is one aspect of this causes me the greatest concern:
THE DIVISIVE POWER OF RELIGION.

It is this topic that I shall devote myself to after a weeks hiatus with my family in Michigan. As a lifelong church-goer I respect the moral teachings of worldwide religion. Yet I have grown to perceive it as one of the primary causes of our broken world.

In the near future I look forward to clarifying what I feel can be a new way to use religion to provide harmony in the world.






Friday, February 16, 2018

My dependence upon immigrants.

How I wish I could tell out president how very important immigrants are to me.  The doctor who relieved my back pain yesterday hails from India.  No longer able to drive because of age, I was transported by an Uber driver who came from Haiti.  I returned home with a driver from Eritrea.  Both drivers felt they were lucky to be lottery winners.  And so it is with most of my medical professionals.

Monday, February 12, 2018

ANOTHER LESSON AT UBER U - Intended For President Trump


How was I to know that there was someone in the backseat leaning against the door? She almost fell out as I opened the door, but I was quick to note her gorgeous platinum hair and exquisite handbag! Naturally I quickly shut the door, went to the driver's side, apologized and tried to remain remain quiet for the rest of the ride while only gazing forward.

But I could restrain myself only so long and begin a conversation with the driver, John. Finally getting to my "attention-getting statement, 'I'm 92'” I was finally able to look at the young lady as she spoke in what I learned was a Ukrainian accent. How fascinating to learn that she has been here as a refugee for one year but her status is uncertain. Her crime? Participating in rallies against government corruption and support of the LGBT community!

Oh how I would like to have our president each day read the words on the Statue of Liberty:


Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Friday, February 2, 2018

How I wish everyone in our country could read the following!

It is my pleasure and honor to lead the reading of the following prayer at the Bat Mitzvah service of "granddaughter" Sadie Foer tomorrow. I feel it magnificently represents the prayer of all of us at this most critical time for our country. Yet knowing the commitment of Sadie – and thousands of other young people I have known in my lifetime – I have every confidence that with their leadership and values our nation will endure with values and morals in tact.

Please join me in reading this telling and timely
Prayer for our Country

Our God and God of our ancestors with mercy accept our prayer on behalf of our country and its government.
Pour out your blessed upon this land, upon its inhabitants upon its leaders, its judges, officers, and officials who faithfully devote themselves to the needs of the public.
Help them understand the rules of justice you have decreed so that peace and security, happiness and freedom, will never depart from our land.

Ad-don-i – God, whose spirit is in all creatures, we pray that your spirit be awakened within all the inhabitants of our land. Uproot from our hearts hatred and malice, jealousy and strife. Plant love and companionship, peace and friendship among the many peoples and faiths who dwell in our nation. Grant us the knowledge to judge justly, the wisdom to act with compassion, and the understanding and courage to root out poverty from our land.

May it be your will that our land be a blessing to all who dwell on earth, and may you cause all people to dwell in friendship and freedom. Speedily fulfill the vision of your prophets: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
“For all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall know me.”

And let us say.............Amen

*Spelling adjusted for pronunciation sake.



Sunday, January 28, 2018

It's amazing, the insight one can gain from fellow Uber passengers in D. C.

I finally succumbed to Uber when I learned of  "Rideshare".   Two passengers from other countries provided me with a fascinating look at what they considered was "exceptional"  about America.

1. The first passenger was seated in the back seat along with me as I was talking to the driver who  was from Ghana. I discovered that my fellow passenger had been in our country for three years, somewhat reluctantly joined our conversation and stated that it was the American educational system that perplexed her.  Her remarks included, "How can it be that good, free education is not provided all students through college". Time did not permit are discussing this further, but I was eager to learn more about her only to discover that she was the wife of the very, very high government official from a Nordic country! And as we neared her residence she surprised me by answering another query with, "My husband found it much more satisfying to work with the previous administration".

2. It was during the height of the NFL stand/kneel controversy that the driver and I discussed how folks from a Balkan nation felt about the issue. Never having attended a sporting event abroad, I was surprised when he stated that he knew of no nation where the national anthem was performed for routine athletic events. Picking up another passenger, this one from Great Britain, he stated that he had traveled the world over and found United States to be the only exception by having patriotism displayed in such a fashion at all sporting events.

How I wish our president might join me on such a ride. He might find out something about how the other 99.9% of the world's population lives and how we are viewed internationally. I'm sorry these aching bones in mine might well prevent me from going to another live athletic event. Guess I'll just have to both kneel and stand when I hear the national anthem on TV.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A somewhat different perspective of #MeToo

As a 92-year-old father of two daughters and four granddaughters I yield to no one in my support of the progress being made and supporting equality and respect for women.  "Times (indeed) up" on the male domination of women's' lives in everything from athletics to style to politics.

Yet I feel there are so many aspects of the movement that we continue to ignore. For me it is watching female cheerleaders and baton twirlers dressed in extremely skimpy attire at athletic events. Is this not something foisted upon them by males? Is that there attire of choice, even on cold days?  I can't recall seeing a male cheerleader in a swimsuit.

I'm well aware of my own tendency to have the "discriminated against" take the first step in reconciliation. However in my 92 years that has often been the course for progress in most areas of discrimination.  Certainly economic inequality stands at the forefront of women being discriminated against. Why else would a woman choose to be a waitress at Hooters restaurants, but……

Here's for equality in all phases of our lives from government to the sports page.

Ron

Sunday, January 7, 2018

At 92 now - and more worried about our country than I have EVER BEEN BEFORE - I'm going to let the chips fall where they may - and call 'em as I see 'em. No matter who or what I offend!

Regarding our president's – and many of our leaders – view of immigration!

How selfish can we be?  Who do we think we are to limit immigrants to only the brightest and the best from other countries – especially those we deign to call as  coming from the "Third World? Shouldn't the developmental needs of those countries be considered so that their brightest and best might be encouraged to stay there  and work to improve their country's growth and  development?

How selfish can we be?

I'm reminded of a holiday greeting from one of my former junior high school students who stated "I'm not as much concern about taking Christ out of Christmas as I am about taking Christ out of Christians!"

Back again,

Ron