With the hallabaloo last week of Obama speaking to school children and then the Health Care debates and townhall’s and speeches, it was hard not to get a little caught up in the happenings. The reality is I’ve checked out a bit on the national political ruckus, there just seemed to be too much yelling for me to keep my head on straight. It struck me that next week will mark 8 months in to the Democrat ruled White House, which seems like a relatively short amount of time to form such a strong opinion of folks. It took me a good 3 1/2 years to go from a Bush supporter to a governmental dissenter.
I don’t think political maneuvering and government are the way to get things done, though I do think are collective organizing and resources (i.e. government) for all it’s flaws can definitely be a tool to address community needs. I do find it useful when the fire department shows up to put our a fire, and when I check out books from my local library, and when we bike on the paths all over the city. I don’t like it when our collective funds are used to purchase weapons of war and kill women and children.
That’s really the end of my train of thought here. I think there are plenty of reasons to engage in politics and write your congress (here’s one). The reason I didn’t want this to be a political post is that I’d love to see those who trumpet their religious values (on both sides of the aisle) to start presenting real non-governmental solutions and ideas that uphold and live out the values they (we) claim.