The knights are restless and for good reason.

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Exceptional US

It has been quite awhile since my last post to this blog. Maybe it’s due to my nights being sooo restless that I lack the energy.

So, to paraphrase the Passover Seder’s primary question, why are these nights different from all others? I think it’s the steady bombardment of exceptionally negative political campaigning (from both sides). Just once, I’d like to hear a politician state a positive thing he will do (and mean it). There are exceptions: Mitt wants to repeal Obromney Care, and since he is no longer running for Governor of Taxacheusetts, and wants to clear himself of any memory of it, he can do it without a wince. With backing from his exceptionally loaded buddy, Sheldon Adelson, he will positively see to it that this major contributor (up to $100 million major) is happy, by carrying out a first strike against Iran. This will not ease my restlessness (or the price of gasoline).

The political messages on TV, particularly in the swing states (one of which I happen to live in), come like a speeded up baseball pitching machine. It’s hard to get the bat around before the next one is in your face. I never thought I would welcome a pharmaceutical commercial as respite from the political deluge.

Our condition as citizens of this once great nation is another major cause of restlessness (if not out and out depression). We listen to those guys and gals vying for our votes, espousing rhetoric that we are an exceptional people. If you define exceptionalism as having exceptionally high prison incarceration rates, exceptionally low math and science scores, exceptionally low literacy rates and highly armed with exceptionally dangerous arsenals, then we fill the bill, nicely.

My question to those folks begging for our votes is, how did we become this exceptional, and what will you do to reverse this trend? Judging from how you operate, once you have achieved office, you give me little hope that we can crawl back into the twenty-first century to join the rest of the civilized world.

All former empires were exceptional at one time, owing to their success. What they all have in common is that they became complacent, thinking they were still exceptional. They spread themselves too thin, neglected the well-being of their people, thus opening the door for their successors. How exceptionally naive is that?

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