by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 27 September 2015
"There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect." Ronald Reagan (40th President of the United States)
John Denver, who in song thanked God he was a country boy, sang about country roads - 'country roads, take me home to the place I belong' the lyric.
President Dwight Eisenhower, our 34th, built roads - some country roads became highways while new Interstates quickened travel. A crisscrossing network united America and in more ways than one. There's order. A map possible. Improvement continuous.
Beyond Mr. Denver, there's more songs about traveling our country roads and highways than there's time or room to cite. But 'Route 66' - to get your kicks - probably first comes to everyone's mind. That famous country road once took Americans where they wanted to go. Along once thriving now desolate stretches through the desert I've driven.
Donald Trump's been on the country's roads sharing his vision for a 'great big beautiful wall with a door,' as he describes it, along our southern border. Controversial surely but it's not the wall America should necessarily be debating as priority one nor trying to tear down before built.
Rather, America should be addressing her more troubling walls - the destructive walls - the country walls built by Barack Obama. Crumble, to the ground, they must.
Walls between races.
Walls between religions.
Walls between industrious and lazy.
Walls between allies (but not enemies).
Walls between business and government.
Walls between the citizenry and government.
Walls between the citizenry and police.
Walls between our military.
Well, name something and there's an Obama built wall.
President Obama and his country walls - at every turn, a wall. America today could hardly be less united. Our country roads that unite blocked by country walls that divide. There's no order. A map impossible. Worsening disorder.
Obama's damn walls!
For corruption, inefficiency, distrust, hate, chaos, crime, and violence they make.
Thus morals, principles, ethics, harmony and all good things of civilized society the victims.
Today's America is not the country known to me.
Nor is it the America known to Ronald Reagan - who tore down walls and tore down the wall.
Reflecting on President Reagan's opening thought, Barack Obama has erected barrier after barrier thereby preempting progress; he's set us back decades.
America, the beautiful, is barreling along the pothole-littered highway to hell in a general state of road rage.
Angering he (Barack Obama) and it all is. 'Asphalt' comes to mind. Think about it.
A president-made disaster.
No politician nor businessman, crisscrossing our country via highways and airways, is going to fix this damn mess of walls.
Candidates for president talk-talk of plans - to build; the tangible, the intangible. But where's their plan to necessarily destroy that which Barack Obama built?
One candidate does, time and again, speak to that idea - a theme that permeates all said.
These societal-splitting walls require a skilled healer - someone who understands complicated networks (especially of the neural sort) while knowing enduring solutions rest in truth and simplicity and the human spirit.
In exiting, a plea...
Doctor Ben Carson, traveling our country's roads in your motor coach - 'Healer Hauler' - tear down these damn country walls. Build bridges! Take America back to where she belongs - forefront of the world stage.
Carson for President!
The three outsiders...
Mr. Donald Trump's big, bold, and brash campaign - turning upside down the as usual GOP party - is effective and a good thing. Still he's the man to beat. He'd make an interesting president.
Dr. Ben Carson, too, is running an effective campaign - gaining in popularity. Big, bold, and brash he's not. In fact, the opposite is he while proving, daily, he has the intellect, common sense, and temperament of a statesman, of a president.
Mrs. Carly Fiorina lost me when stating she'd have no problem with a Muslim president (we have one and look where we are). Unacceptable. And she has yet to answer simple core questions about national security and our military. Unacceptable.