Archives For March 2011

An Exit Strategy???

March 31, 2011

It was good to see President Obama go on television the other day to explain why he supported the NATO no-fly zone in Libya. I think he did a good job of saying how we as U.S. citizens cannot turn our backs on these types of humanitarian issues. When  leader of a country indiscriminately kills so many of its citizens others of the world have to take action.  Since we have the vast majority of military in the world we had to step forward to help.  I also appreciate that he let NATO take the lead in this exercise. That is the way it should be.  The U.S. should not be the policemen of the world. Given our deficits we just can’t afford to do that all the time as we have.

I find the Republican response to the Presidents speech quite amusing. They are shouting about an exit strategy and a time-table for getting out of the “quagmire” as some of the are calling it already.  What is so amusing about this is that these are the same politicians who all but crucified candidate Obama we he dared to say he would put a time-table on our non-existent exit strategy in Iraq if he were elected. At that time the Republicans were ranting about how it is impossible to put a time-table on  their war in Iraq.  Now they are demanding the same thing they were condemning just a few years ago. But who said the current crop of Republican politicians are consistent about anything except their complaining about the opposition party.

The Republicans are also demanding that we do everything possible to “take out” Kadhafi and provide total support the rebels in Libya. This seems another place where they as usual go off half-cocked. It is widely recognized that the world knows next to nothing about the rebel opposition in the country. They might be ultra extreme Muslims Jihadists for all we know. To put the success of this action on putting them in power seems tenuous at best. Just like everything else in this world time will only tell who would be the best leaders for that country. We can only wait to see how that shakes out.

But what do I know….

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older. (Catherine Drinker Bowen)

I got the above quote from a fellow blogger a few months ago. I don’t remember exactly who is was but the quote hit me head on. As I grow older I seem to dare and say some things that I would not have said earlier in life. When we are younger we think we speak the truth but we always hold off some things as we don’t want others to know just how “weird” we are. As we get older that inhibition subsides somewhat. At least in some of us. That is evidently where I am now. At this point in my life I am not trying to impress others with my knowledge so much as just asking the questions I might have otherwise held back.

This gets me in trouble once in a while. Like when I said the truth that I truly believe the earth is more than six thousand years old. My previous church clergyman took that statement as proof that I didn’t think the right things as far as his Christian denomination was concerned. I was indirectly told I should be looking elsewhere for another church home. In the long run I am glad that I dared a little more as I grew older.  Even in this case. :)

In most other cases the consequences of my recently more daring words were have not be quite as drastic. I don’t have a job that I can be fired from for saying the “wrong” thing so there is no reason to hold back for that. I am certainly not trying to find employment anymore so I am not afraid a future boss will check on my Facebook page or my many blogs as for reasons not to hire me.  In many ways growing old has its detriments but being able to say what you think is definitely not one of them.

I don’t hold back much anymore because I am afraid of how my words will be taken. But I do try to be sensitive to others feelings and try not to be like many of those other “nasty” bloggers who trash everything and have nothing good to say about anything.

And the journey goes on….

I know this isn’t a barn but I guess you could label it a “historic” building?  It is the Longaberger Basket Company headquarters in Ohio

“Another trouble with politics, it breeds politics. So that makes it pretty hard to stamp out. The only way to do it is at the source. We got to get birth control among politicians.”

— Will Rogers  1934 —