So are you just plain old fed up? We see so much derision hit us daily about the state of our nation and the state of our state. It's enough to make a person wonder if we have any kind of hope for our future.
America is broken. We continue to hear that from so many sides. The Tea Party folks slam almost every government program.
Others of the Libertarian movements claim our leaders basically extort us through unfair taxation.
The Democrats aren't happy about the way our society treats too many among us. It just seems like every minority group raising their collective voices take precedence over the rest of us who just want to work, raise families, play a little and be mostly left alone.
The traditional Republicans have their own set of problems. They draw the ire of the liberals for catering to the rich as they seek less government. We in the middle, well, we are just stuck in the middle and it often seems that none of the above have an inkling as to what we want, need and deserve.
What a mess...
Except, when one looks around this world. Then the idea that our way of life is a long way from perfect sees us a little closer when comparing it to most of the rest of the world.
Watching the Winter Olympics has been a lesson in how the Russians are coping with the new world order since the end of the cold war. In so many words, Russia is a corrupt place under a continuing dictatorship which offers less freedoms as the weeks go by.
The Ukraine is erupting with riots in the streets as that Russian
satellite's citizenry rebels against the increasing demands and decreasing representation in Moscow.
It was President George W. Bush who proclaimed the Axis of Evil being Iran, North Korea and Iraq. In his 2002 State of the Union address, Bush called North Korea "a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens." He also stated Iran "aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom."
Not much has changed. We went to war with Iraq, took out their dictator and after some years left that desert place. Since, Iraq is once again becoming a pit of vipers. Terrorists plant bombs which kill civilians on a daily basis. Iraq has become a new nightmare.
Nightmare is probably not a strong enough term to describe a truly evil empire which exists in North Korea. Last week, news stories blared the disgust of UN leaders who want to see the "leadership" in that Asian place of misery put on trial for their inhuman treatment of their own population. It is a nation-state of concentration camps, mass executions at the whim of a few and a death trap where thousands actually starve to death.
The other member of the Axis of Evil, Iran, tries to force its citizenry to go back in time to the seventh century. Human rights are basically given only to a corrupt clergy, a group of religious leaders who control the country like Mafia Dons. They have a piece of the action in every facet of the Iranians' daily lives.
These "religious leaders" are financing and arming some really
bad guys who would kill you and I at the first chance.
While these regimes are ruthless and remorseless, they aren't the only ones. Too many other countries on this planet see their people enslaved by radicals, with perhaps the worst of the lot being Syria. Death, destruction and human misery are happening as this is being written. This "civil war" either kills their own or chases them into camps across borders, places where food, water and medical treatments are rare commodities.
So many places where humans are treated inhumanely with non-existent rights erupt on this globe. Now comes new riots in Venezuela and across the Pacific in Bangkok. People unhappy with their lot in life are protesting governments of every type.
After taking just a few minutes to contemplate so many trouble spots on this planet, the understanding of how well off we Americans have things is eye opening and gives pause to be thankful.
Sure, I suppose things could be better, but all in all, I think I am a lucky man to be in these United States and West Texas.