A Monday Rant
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl
Just a reminder: Portrait of Words picture stories are due tommorow. You can see the pictures HERE . Give it a try.If you are a seeker of truth, in favor of free speech, against dehumanizing name calling, then last week was a disaster.
If you wanted to better understand the effect of a two trillion dollar cost of the health care proposal ( President’s figures) on the total economy or if you wanted some help in understanding how you could cut the Medicare budget without cutting services forget it.
Neither left nor right were interested in giving you information they were too busy attacking each other.
Further the left with their new motto of if you don’t like what they say “ Shut them Up” was busy pressuring sponsors to boycott the evil Fox News. If you can make them go away then they can’t ask bothersome questions.
So last week the conservatives spent a lot of time attacking not ideas but people. They gave us an image of the left and Democrats as “ sneaky”,” Liars”,” Communists”, “Evil people”, “Can’t trust a word they say”, “Wanting to make slaves of us all”, and on and on.
While our friends on the left were giving us an image of Republican and Conservatives as “Basically evil people”, “Haters of the poor”, “ Easily mislead fools”, “ Sneaky”, “ Underhanded”, “Manipulative”, “ Purveyors of hate speech”, and on and on.
The sad thing is that the true believers eat up this nonsense from both sides. I know a nice lady whose blood pressure goes up if you even say the word conservative and who is convinced all Republicans hate the poor and favor the rich.
I know another kind older gentleman who really believes the evil Democrats and liberals are out to take away his freedom and have him killed.
Hitler said that if you tell a lie often enough and loud enough it becomes the truth.
But the truth is that neither conservatives or liberals are evil.
Neither group is looking to hurt the poor or take away our liberty.
They have different solutions to a very complex problem.
But neither side wants to debate solutions. They want to dehumanize the enemy. The enemy is anybody that doesn’t agree with them.
They want their solution unchallenged.
Didn’t they learn as children that you don’t always get what you want.
Apparently not and they didn’t learn to play nice either.
I could be wrong now but I don’t think so.
The Piano Tuner came from Iron Mountain this morning. He got to listen to but not see the morning concert. He told Mrs Pirtilampi , who was the volunteer in charge, that the piano was only slightly out of tune. He didn't think he would have any trouble tuning it. He really did want to meet that fantastic piano player.
Mrs. Pirtilampi understanding that he didn't know the piano player was a ghost simply told him that it wasn't possible because the player had to rush off to another engagement.
The piano tuner opened the piano and looked confused. " Are you sure this is the piano that was played this morning?" , he asked " Because I don't see how that was possible as half the pieces are missing." He sat down at the piano and playe a song. It was just slightly out of tune. "That's impossible", he said" It plays things that aren't there. I can't tune things I can't see ". He picked up his tools , closed up his case and left.
Mrs. Pirtilampi called Eino and he called Mrs. Trumble. She thought they either needed a blind piano tuner or a ghost that tunes pianos and she didn't have the slightest idea where to find either one.