By Jim Killebrew
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[December 03, 2013]
quick look toward Washington, D.C., highlights a contentious group in
the administration and Congress. Disagreement swells like the
blustery front of blizzard clouds threatening to dump chaos on the
heads of citizens unprepared with a scraper, let alone a shovel.
Elected leaders have staked out their positions on fiscal issues
that are described in analogous terms that have those being
represented "pushed over a cliff" to their eventual demise. There's
implementation of health care plans that promise fees, taxes and
fines that overshadow the individual member of "we the people" to
nothing more than the comforts that can be found in debtors' prison.
There's the promise of raising individual taxes, beginning at Wall Street but
spilling over to Main Street in every city, town, village and hamlet
in America. They talk bipartisanship but implement ethnocentric
selfishness, with the president adding a bit of class warfare.
From the vantage point of our own little
town, as we look toward
the East Coast and the capital city of D.C., there seems not to be a
very good attitude toward accomplishment for the greater good
through bipartisanship. It seems the new normal is more autocratic
rule, resulting in adversarial relationships. Perhaps it is OK if
you are comfortable working and living in that climate; but the end
result is loss.
Look at our own one-party rule in Illinois. Are
people not fighting to save insurance, pensions, prisons and jobs?
Are we not experiencing tax raise after tax raise, and yet continuing
to witness greater spending rates than ever before? Illinois has
been successful in eliminating the opposition party; are we happier
now, finally obtaining the one-party rule?
One wonders how it could
be any different. We look to our leaders and admit they have
ascended to those lofty positions by climbing the ladder from the
rank and file of society to sit as the "officials" to rule over the
It seems less than amazing to me that the people in the world
today, especially the Western world, are so filled with
self-centeredness. Almost every day there are stories of people who
do things mean or unsightly to others because of their own feeling
of privilege and belief in their own superiority. These narcissistic
personalities are crafting their lives on the backs of others whom they feel are unimportant and undeserving, maneuvering events
and situations toward themselves just so they can feel important.
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It is almost like leaders have become a society of antisocial
personalities who are predisposed to destroy those around them just so
they can see themselves in the mirror one more time. It is there in
business, government, industry, communities, families and of course,
individuals. It is more than fierce competition that drives them to
undercut those around them. It has become a natural lifestyle of
many who see themselves as "number one" and require the worship of
others. When that self-aggrandized worship is denied, the person
presses even more fiercely to claw their way to the top of the heap.
It leads to some feeling exhilarated in achieving their goal to dump
as many as possible from humanity onto the garbage pile of human
misery. When that gathering of narcissistic souls have landed on the
top of the heap, they tend to establish rules and laws for others,
but exempting themselves; collecting revenue from others, but
spending from the public trough for their own advantage.
Some have thrown in the towel in disgust, wondering if any answer
lies beyond the horizon that brings an end to the doomsday scenario
we have been listening to from our leaders the past few weeks.
think there is an answer. It is men and women who have been
entrusted with a responsibility to do the right thing, setting aside
their personal preferences and having enough integrity to work
together for the common good for those they are representing.
I think there have been many times in the history of our country
when men and women of integrity have set aside personal preferences
to compromise, not on principle, but on creating the best merits of
an issue in favor of serving the best interest of the greater good.
Different philosophies have started as adversarial, but honorable,
perceptive people were able to set aside their different personal
perspectives of party affiliation to work in a bipartisan manner to
accomplish a greater task for the benefit of those whom they have
supported. Do we dare expect anything less from those who are now in
I think some have looked too long for political identification and
have lost sight of the real ingredient that is the character of a
person: that is, their values, honesty and integrity, irrespective of
their political affiliation.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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