May 26 2017

And now, the weekend…

On this day in 1868, the Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson ends with acquittal by one vote.

You know I’m no Trump fan, but come on people, we just don’t want to go down that road.

As Peggy Noonan wrote earlier this week in The Wall Street Journal:

But he was duly and legally elected by tens of millions of Americans who had legitimate reasons to support him, who knew they were throwing the long ball, and who, polls suggest, continue to support him. They believe the press is trying to kill him. “He’s new, not a politician, give him a chance.” What would it do to them, what would it say to them, to have him brusquely removed by his enemies after so little time? Would it tell them democracy is a con, the swamp always wins, you nobodies can make your little choices but we’re in control? What will that do to their faith in our institutions, in democracy itself?

These are wrenching questions.

You really do need to go read the whole article.

Suppose Democrats succeed in having the President removed from office. I’ve already talked about the line of succession in the Constitution. You should read that as well.

It won’t make Hillary the President.

Sorry. Not sorry.

I don’t know how to fix the mess Washington is in. Read the earlier posts this week, that’s not the part I’m supposed

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to play.

But, remember this, if Trump is removed from office, those supporters referenced above will not go away. At some point those of you on the left need to realize that ignoring them is exactly how Trump became president.

Surely, you didn’t read that here first.

Enough of that.

We’re going into a three-day weekend. Well, most are. I’m working at least two of those days at the amusement park. I may be working Monday as well.

But, we should all remember what Monday is all about. It’s about remembering those who gave the utlimate sacrifice for our country. It’s not about the first chance to grill, or about the pool opening.

Never forget that.

In fact thousands died just so we’d still have the right to argue about the mess that’s in Washington.

Never forget the blood that was shed so that we’d be free to speak our minds and disagree.

Gratefulness for our freedom is bipartisan.

God bless America.

We don’t deserve it, but, please.

Amen.

American singer-songwriter, Hank Williams, Jr., was born on this day in 1949.


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May 25 2017

The part you play

Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live. There’s more to life than you know and it’s all happening out there. Discover what part you can play and then go for it.

English actor, Ian McKellen, was born on this day in 1939

It sort of speaks to the eclectic nature of this blog, and the fact that I struggle with a consistent focus, that I can quote John Wesley on one day and Ian McKellen the next to basically illustrate the same point.

I mean, it’s likely that all Wesley and McKellen had in common was being British.

Well, that and the fact that I’m a huge fan of both.

As it should be.

But here, the two are in agreement. We all have the opportunity to be useful. We all have a part to play.

Maybe the struggle here for many of us is that it takes us so long to figure that out, and to realize the part we have to play.

As I’ve written before I was in my fifties before I learned to say “I am a writer” and not “I want to be a writer.”

These days I call myself a writer, an actor, a producer, and a director.

And before I even get to that I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father.

And, Monday through Friday I am a prisoner…er…I mean employee…of the government.

No wonder the damn to-do list is so long.

As I’m writing this on Saturday morning I am three minutes beyond my self-imposed deadline to get my behind outside to mow the yard.

But, I’ve shifted focus just a tad. If I can get this post and tomorrow’s accomplished then the stress of next week lessens.

And I’ve still got time to mow…before I go to work at the amusement park.

About that to-do list…maybe I need professional help.

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I’ll put it on the list.

I digress.

We all want to have an impact. We all want to be useful. We all want life to be meaningful.

I find my meaning, and my identity in the list I mentioned above.

Granted, there’s a thing or two on that list with which I’d like to identify a bit less.

Trust me, I know exactly where I need to go to find those retirement papers.

Again, I digress.

What being useful means to you will be different for me. That’s a good thing. Otherwise it would be pretty boring, and maybe a little dangerous.

Here’s the thing. Life has meaning. We should never forget that.

Regardless of your faith system, or lack thereof, there’s a part for all of us to play, and we don’t even have to audition.

Find your part. Learn your lines.

That’s your cue.

American actress and singer, Leslie Uggams, was born on this day in 1943.


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