Category Archives: Off the Cuff

My two cents: The bungling generation

two-centsIf I were to describe the health of American politics from 1988 through 2015, I would have to describe them as being in the hands of a bungling generation of politicians. If we take an objective look at the condition of both state and national politics there can be no doubt that today’s politician does not have the same skills at statecraft of even the generation of politicians that led this country during World War II. Just this week, the Republican Party leadership could not believe the demands of the American voter not to give Congressman John Boehner a third term as Speaker of the House. As I listened and read the commentaries by the Republican Party establishment I began to have a sense of “here we go again…”

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I am an Army brat…

originaldandyEvery one of us is a product of our upbringing. Whether we care to admit it or not, we are who we are because of our family, the things we were exposed to, the experiences we lived through, and the people we associated with while growing up. For many people, they lived in the same city their entire childhood, and besides a move within the county or across town, never left the area. They grew up with the same friends each school year, they married a person they had known for most of their life, and even now, still know where most of their friends from their youth are. I am an Army brat and that is not the life I lived. For me, that kind of life sounds foreign to me. It is a life that I am unfamiliar with and a life I find hard to understand. Try as I might, I simply do not have the common, shared experiences and benefits of being from the hometown crowd. Anyone who was a military brat understands exactly what I mean.

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How did we get to this point?

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There are so many issues to choose from – national politics, social movements, social change, the national economy, and the list literally goes on. Often times, I find myself asking which issue should I spend time-sharing my thoughts and observations. For the past three years there have been so many things going on that at times choosing an issue can be overwhelming.  Each day, I come across an article, a news segment, or a conversation with a student or coworker that will inspire me to think, “gee, I really should write about that…”

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