Biff America: Bad day in paradise
VAIL CO, Colorado
I don’t drink during daylight hours, so I decided to go for a bike ride. My hope was the endorphins would put me in a better mood.
Is it my imagination or has this been a horrific summer for this country and planet? We began the summer with wildfires raging across the West; lives lost, homes burned, habitat destroyed. It would be been disheartening enough had this been just natural occurrence, but some of the fires were human caused.
By the time the rains came and the sparks cooled, the shootings in Aurora and Wisconsin reminded us that the world contains some crazy and hateful people. And all the while our nation was licking its emotional wounds we are reminded how good we have it when compared to residents of Syria, Afghanistan and a host of other nations where life is cheap and the governments can either do little to help or is the cause of the misery.
I am of the mind that (at least in this country) the government has the ability and the obligation to protect and provide for those citizens who need both. Unfortunately the acrimony in our halls of Congress and beyond is so divisive that both sides could be accused of thwarting even positive measures to make our country greater if said measures are sponsored by a party other than their own.
We have a presidential campaign that is being corrupted by money and special interests. And on a day when a space capsule landed successfully on Mars, the news got second billing behind a “Kiss-In” at Chick-fil-A.
Though I grew up in a time when state-sanctioned segregation and laws banning interracial marriages were prevalent in our southern states, I don’t remember a more hateful time in our history.
The political sides don’t just disagree, they detest each other. The media doesn’t editorialize, they eviscerate, and bloggers write hateful and inaccurate words that, before the Internet, would never have seen the light of day in the real media.
And then comes the feel-good event of the planet, the Olympics where rather than celebrate the skill and dedication it took for the athletes to get there, many news outlets concentrated on the tabloid-esq seamy side of scandals, feuds and nationalistic bickering.
In the meantime I’m going to try to remember to count my blessings, love those I can, and forgive those I can’t.
Jeffrey Bergeron, under the alias of Biff America, can be seen on TV-8-Summit and read in several newspapers and magazines. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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