There are times when a sincere warm smile is not enough to give someone a ‘lift’, a short reprieve from loneliness, a heart cracked with a ‘Dear John’ letter, a lingering love spat, a disappointing job interview.
Tacit Tenderness needs some helpful tactile accompaniment, an embrace with emotional encouragement for that ‘Dear John’ letter and/or consoling words to bring some semblance of understanding and reassurance to help the grieving person under stress.
So, why do I write about ‘tacit tenderness’?
There is not just one reason…
Consider the events that have bruised severely our country, our Democracy, our freedom and liberty, our sacred United States Constitution (likely a document more carefully crafted by the heroic leaders of our earlier days as a nation than any other documents in any other country.
You have your political party allegiance, and, for the most part you follow their dictates. For me, I am unashamedly irritated with our country’s ‘rank and file’ for the unmerciful reign of terror, fires, thefts, murders, beatings, stores robbed with all of it recorded on our television screens.
Sorry, the major irritation for me is our nation’s leader and his Vice-President, two people to whom history will show as our most arrogant, outrageously inept, useless, withered, without clues as to how to govern and how to keep our great Republic safe and secure…despite some speeches that are written for them, speeches that have a democratic feel, have a somewhat promising flavor, until the next week’s government news and events come to our TV screens.
Please forgive my continuing amateurish and one-sided railing about the state of our government and the people who are the brain-trust and keepers of our sacred documents. If only these wise and valuable documents and their contents were adhered to up and down the great halls of these hallowed structures, we might truly be a democratic Republic. Our leaders take sacred vows to govern and abide by these documents. The obligatory acceptances are always hearty ‘I Dos!
Money is the power broker, billions of dollars spent by the big conglomerates to get ‘this bill’ and ‘that bill’ passed, whether those enactments have negative results for the people who must live within the constructs of those bills.
In short, our elected come to office for honest appraisals of the issues that come before them, to wit, ‘does the issue up for vote benefit the people they represent’?
It is not my intent to insult anyone. I’m only lamenting, surely venting some of my own concerns, simply expressing my angst and fear of where we might be going in this country… We are wrestling with some monumental problems: Health CrisesCovid-19 virus, Omicron and other variants; Crime out of control openly in stores; fires; murder of innocents; border madness – illegal entry at our southern borders by hundreds of thousands and more coming each day; airline fights; congressional wrangling by a disassembled congress (an ultimate struggle for our freedom of choice versus an ‘open and progressive’ society with free college education, free medical support, forgiveness of college/university debts, open borders, short, or, no prison sentences for criminal pursuits), and much more from the left side of our political spectrum.
Where are we going as a nation?
We are people of different persuasions, but it would seem to me that all of us want some semblance, some balance, in our political structure. It would seem to me that many of us lost loved ones in the wars we have fought – my uncle Charles was at Hickam Field during the infamous Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Honolulu…thousands of lives lost, and, in the end millions of lives were lost.
If there are those who do not like my observations about our government and about our history, you won’t be reading more from this point on. I’m a old ‘country boy’ and I understand we all do not think alike. For me, these at times combative post remarks make me think that, at least ‘I’m not hiding behind a boulder, and people can know how I feel about the state of our union – and other topics that can rankle a few folks. I’m a guy who likes people, regardless of their beliefs and color. So, I am just expressing my personal views
Some might like them (the views.)
Some might just as easily not like them.’
At least, I wrote something this Saturday before turning on the ‘Sentry Golf Tournament in Hawaii’…
Oh, I will continue to write until I’m claimed by my God, and maybe that does not upset anyone…
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BR Chitwood – 1/10/22