On December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a somber, but resolute President Franklin Roosevelt, after strapping on steel braces to his legs, walked into the U.S. House chamber, supported by his son Jimmy. He addressed a joint session of Congress, and asked for a declaration of war against Japan. During times of tumult and trial, most Americans expected our country to prevail victoriously. At the end of Roosevelt’s address he verbalized what most citizens believed, “With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounded determination of our people we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.”
If you recall, in response to the citizen push-back that WY Governor Mead received from his Sept 2013 letter to the US Office of Refugee Resettlement, Mead expressed his concerns about potential racism, and said he had called upon the WY Humanities Council “to consider ways to talk about refugees and encourage thoughtful – not hurtful – discussion” (July 1, 2015 MMead audio here, (CST Editorial here, KGWN Article here).
Since that time (June/July 2015), the announcements or notices for these discussions hosted by the WY Humanities Council have been scant at best. Running online searches, the only significant findings are listed below:
Most of us associate health with taking a pill. Whether it’s a Tylenol for arthritic pain, or the generic Carvedilol, used to treat heart failure and hypertension. The use of prescriptions increase commensurate with aging. It’s common knowledge of the danger of overdoses, or abuse of prescriptions-even over-the-counter drugs. We’re too familiar with the astronomical price of some drugs-adversely impacting those absent health insurance. The term “drugs” have both a positive and negative connotation. Illegal use of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana are rampant in our culture. Can we be delivered from this conundrum?
There’s over 6900 languages worldwide. One should at least “read the language,” of our culture. As ordinary citizens, we’re no less than “cultural physicians,” diagnosing our Republic, often finding ourselves combating the symptoms, rarely getting at the underlying root problem when it comes to lawlessness, which is often expressed in subtle or subliminal ways-versus the blatant. Last week’s massacre shooting in Rosebud, Oregon was lawless, followed by President Obama’s coterie call to undermine our Second Amendment, pouncing on the tragedy “like a vulture on a three-legged dog.” The day of the shooting, absent any details, he inveighed Americans, not the shooter. We’ve been indicted for what? The same President who refused to enforce the DOMA Act, signed into law by President Clinton.