My Christmas Wish List
There are wishes from 2012 that are still unrealized.
Members of Congress will likely recess and enjoy Xmas. The president will be off to Hawaii. The unemployed are still hurting.
Which "first things" are first?
Congress and the president have known for months that there has been a "cliff" they were approaching. It's closer now, and yes it has great importance.
For the unemployed who thought the November election was about them, please think again.
Could that cliff affect even currently employed Americans? The full answer is "Yes."
So why express a "Christmas Wish" for the unemployed?
Because our government in America is meant to serve all the people, the employed and the unemployed. It cannot and must not focus on just one problem to the neglect of all the people.
Currently the president is holding out (some would say stalling) for what he insists is right, and a balancing portion of our government is holding out (some would say stalling) for what they insist is right.
In that tit-for-tat high stakes political game they seem to have forgotten the recurring theme of the recent election. It bears stating again as a reminder to those in power: jobs, jobs for the unemployed who are hurting this Christmas and have been hurting for far too long.
While the high stakes game is being played, and officials long to leave for home or Hawaii, is it too much to remind them that more than 20,000,000 Americans are wishing that those same officials would search their short term memories and busy themselves on fashioning ways to end 2012 with something hopeful for what are supposed to be the "Happy Holidays"?
These and other Americans wish that they might have a unity government, one that believes in working for the common good, one that can put party and rhetoric, and pride aside and legislate for the common good, reach down with a hand up, bring the whole "big picture" into focus and get busy one day at a time, never wasting even a single day.
Is that too much to ask for the benefits, pay, and authority Americans have given?
We expect more. We deserve more. You are giving less than what you are actually capable of giving to the duties of your sworn oaths.
Well before your titles of Independent, Republican, or Democrat, you have another, overriding title: American.
Start showing us that you are.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
More by this Author
Sometimes what is left out of a speech is more significant than what is included. There is some magic to political speeches along the idea of "now you see it, now you don't" political promises.
With their acceptance of the Republican Party's nominations to run for the offices of president and vice president, Donald J. Trump and Governor Mike Pence are on the record as to their goals in 2017
A lack of political will over many years has set the stage for today's deportations and tomorrow's sacrifices due to America's $20 trillion national debt. Where are the realists?