Making choices

Running a nation is hard.  Running even one state in a nation is hard.  But you would think that at least some choices are easy, and yet our “leaders” keep failing on even the easy ones.

Bob Herbert wrote in the New York Times

We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet. We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world. We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.

But we can’t seem to build a railroad tunnel to carry commuters between New Jersey and New York.

The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn path to a region where being second rate is good enough.


Somewhere, somehow, we have to find a leader, or set of leaders, who are capable of choosing what is best for the USA first, and then worry about the rest of the world.

We were all taught “family first”.  You stick up for your brother, or son, or wife no matter what.  When it comes down to a choice between your best friend in the whole world and your children, you choose your children.  Yet we are spending trillions fighting wars on the other side of the world while our children go barefoot, and we cannot maintain or improve our own basic infrastructure.

I’m not isolationist.  I’m certainly not reactionary.  But if our larger family are the citizens of this nation, shouldn’t we put family first?


One thought on “Making choices

  1. Extremely logical and well expressed sentiments. I don’t think anybody in his right mind would object to a statement of such clarity.

    Such statement also expresses the disingenuous mind that makes it and the naivete` of anybody that can believe even for a moment that an ” Enlightened Leader” can achieve such simple, clear and so greatly beneficial goals.

    We are in the grip of a “Power System” that is slowly suffocating the country and has been doing so for at least two centuries and obfuscates a clear look at it’s real nature by holding high the banner of “democracy” and by weaving it at every possible moment. A slight of hands I would suggest, “lets wave the right hand energetically to distract from what the left hand is doing under cover”.

    But such tactics have worked for too long and the system has grown to powerful and is taking care of the interest of ALL the powerful forces in the country, from right to left in that order.

    So the political system does not offer a solution as it is “The Most Important Part” is the vehicle of power, is the gravy train that moves, feeds and allows “The System” to grow.

    How can such a powerful entity, supported by a power that is growing without limit be stopped.

    By an enlightened leader?


    The answers are too complex too multi faceted, too far reaching for such a limited, trivial forum as this.

    But thanks for the opportunity to express myself and for the opportunity to commend such a simple solution albeit so naive.

    Pier L Forlani

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