Book Review message for our times

In today’s NYT Book Review, James Goodman, a Rutgers University professor, reviews Steven Levingston’s Kennedy and King: the President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights. Goodman ends his review with this paragraph:

Kennedy and King will most likely leave readers thinking that what is needed today is not more leaders, a few men and women shaping our destiny, but more followers.  What is needed are ordinary people: alert, informed, engaged, mobilized, idealistic but not naive, critical but not hopeless, confident about who they are and what they want but able and inclined to work with all sorts of others, exercising rights won at enormous cost, starting with the right to vote.  What is needed, in short, are more citizens, prepared to lead our leaders toward a more promising land.”

I am inclined to agree.  I wish I could wave a magic wand and say “Let it be so.”

Once more into the breach

Once more, we must conclude that the s0-called “leader of the free world” is full of shit, to put it in Texas terms.

No one can be produced who can find any evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump during the election, as Trump claimed in three recent tweets.

At what point does his false accusations of criminal activity – made by our nation’s chief law enforcement officer (POTUS) – become an impeachable offense?

Which is worse: total lack of credibility by our President or his alienating all of our historic ally countries?  Or is it the example of his personal spending habits?  Or perhaps his attempts to totally dismantle the Affordable Care Act?

It is hard to know how best to push back against his stupidity, recklessness, and poor judgement without creating further damage for the country and the world.  Yet, still, should there not be a collective filling in of the breach?  The terrible break in at least lip service to the struggle for good public policy?

All I can say is “I protest!” “I am embarrassed!” “Once more into the breach, people for sanity and moderation!”

Politics and Sunday Morning Spirit from Houston, Texas on Super Bowl week

Texans: big enough to be decent, generous, and kind

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet; welcome the stranger

Trump! Think and seek knowledge and wisdom BEFORE acting

Against these there is no law: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance

Constitution of the United States: alive, relevant, and applicable

Super City; all are welcome

Common Courtesies = High Value

Bear witness

Speak truth to power

Do you like a bully? Don’t be someone who sucks up and kicks down

We are all immigrants on this continent

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

One size does NOT fit all

Life and Liberty is precious – EVERYONE’s life and liberty

Some of the best lawyers in the country work in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government – CONSULT more of them, Mr. President

Photography winners from Student Conservation Association

http://www.thesca.org/connect/blog/winning-photos-capture-conservation-summerfall-2016

I have some fond memories of my service hours for SCA on the Battleship Texas.  That old ship is still struggling to stay afloat near the Houston Ship Channel. This year’s SCA photography winners make me want to join up again!