The Joplin Globe editorial page always has a quote of some kind and today’s, which is from one of my heroes, struck me as particularly descriptive of . . . me.
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. — E.B White
I’ve been blogging for about 16 months now, on politics, economics and culture, and I still don’t know if I have ever changed a mind on anything. Why do I do it? I guess at bottom I simply like contact with other minds. I am curious about people. So, as long as there is just a chance that together, others and I might have some positive effect, I will probably just keep on keeping on.
I even indulged my compulsive nature by submitting a comment to a blog under a USA Today news item, in response to an article about the budget crisis impasse in Washington. Just imagine how fast that will get buried as the opinions scroll! So, I decided to offer the same to my own tiny readership.
Hey, if anyone’s mind gets changed out there, please let me know. I will mark it on my calendar and take a vacation in celebration! Here in reprise, and in tribute to E. B. White’s passion for simplifying the complex, is my submission.
Remarkably, while the divide between the parties is historically deep and each side ideologically intransigent, we happen to have a President who takes the long view and is willing to compromise. Abraham Lincoln too was vilified in his time for compromising, but history shows that his vision was the right path for the country.
Democrats who refuse any adjustment to entitlements and Republicans who have forfeited their brains to pledges are all doing a disservice to their country. In a representative democracy, politicians are supposed to do the wise thing and not simply indulge their constituents’ short-term wants.
If we get a different kind of President in 2012, the situation will only get worse and the opportunity to wean ourselves from entitlement self-indulgence will be lost.