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Hope Visits the United States Congress

Updated on October 21, 2014

Welcome Back to the Land of Hope

If you glance to the right you will find the first two essays about a child name Hope. This all started at the end of my first novel, The 12/59 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today. The main character and his wife had a child, and that child had a child name Hope.

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

And so, the story continues. Today let’s listen in as the child named Hope visits the Halls of Congress in Washington D.C.

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source

The Gavel Sounds

The Speaker of the House brings the current joint session of Congress to order with a bang of his gavel. Slowly the talking comes to an end, and all eyes turn to the front of the room, where a little child sits at a table with a microphone in front of her. Flanked by her parents, the child appears to be calm and not nervous at all. In fact, there is a peacefulness about this child, an almost physical presence that is felt by those nearby. She turns her attention to the Speaker of the House, nods to him and smiles.

“Congressmen, Senators, and distinguished guests, today I’d like you all to join with me in welcoming Hope to Congress. I’m sure you are all familiar with Hope, and the message she has delivered across this nation in the past few months. We have invited Hope here today so that she might answer your questions, and so that she might further explain her message, a message I believe is vitally important for us as we prepare to pass important legislation this session.

“Please, join me in a round of applause for Hope.”

A thunderous roar filled the chamber as the powerful men and women of Congress rose to their feet and applauded the small, unassuming child. She seemed embarrassed by it all, and she received reassuring hugs from both parents. Finally, she raised a hand to quiet the crowd, then leaned toward the microphone and spoke.

“Thank you one and all for your warm welcome, a welcome that humbles and honors me, but I must tell you I am a bit confused by it all. Your enthusiasm in welcoming me signifies that you are grateful I am here, and yet I have always been with you. I have been treated like a rare treasure since arriving in Washington D.C., and yet, to millions around the world, I am as common as the rising and setting of the sun. Am I to assume, from your welcome, that you did not think I existed? Am I to assume, from your welcome, that perhaps you had forgotten my message?

“I have much to say today, but rather than speaking from a prepared speech, I would prefer to answer your questions, for then I will receive some insight into your hearts. Please, anyone, let’s have a question.”

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From Louisiana

The distinguished junior senator from Louisiana raised his hand.

“Hope, I hail from the great state of Louisiana, and I would like to ask about commerce versus the environment. In my state, and in many others, there is increased pressure on lawmakers to generate jobs, and among the industries interested in Louisiana is the oil industry. They provide thousands of jobs to my state, but they also threaten the natural balance in nature with their pollution. How can we pass legislation that will keep both sides of the argument happy? How can we provide jobs AND protect the environment?

Hope stood up from the table and faced the senator, then walked down the aisle and stopped before him.

“You say these things, sir, like there are only two options. We are never limited in our options, as you would seem to suggest. It seems to me that your vision is short-sighted. You curry the favors of the oil industry so that instant gratification, and votes, will be gained, not giving a thought to the long-range ramifications of your actions. Tell me, sir, how much graft you received from the oil industry last year?”

A collective gasp could be heard across the great chamber, and then silence as all awaited the senator’s answer. None was given.

“From your silence much is said, senator. I represent all citizens of this country, senator. In spirit I am with those who barely have enough to eat. In spirit I am with those who are homeless, and those who cannot possibly survive on minimum wage. I am with everyone who has lost their home, who dresses their children in rags, and who are forced to drink polluted water. Do not speak to me about either or, but rather speak to me about solutions.

“I happen to know, senator, that when you were a child, your father worked three part-time jobs to provide for your family, while your mother raised you and your three siblings while doing sewing for supplemental income. How do I know that? Because hope for a better life was with your mother and father then, just as it is, now, with millions in your state. You would do well, sir, to remember your roots and look to your background for the answers you seek.”

Hope in the Big Sky Country
Hope in the Big Sky Country | Source

From Montana

A hand immediately rose from Hope’s right, and a robust voice spoke loudly and with considerable emotion.

“With all due respect, Hope, I am tired of hearing about the poor working class. My daddy worked his tail off and never took public assistance. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and never asked for help. If he could do it then, by God, others can do it as well. Why must we always talk about social services and programs that give freely but drain our resources?”

Hope made her way to the congressman from Montana. She looked up at him with tears in her eyes.

“ Because, Congressman, we never leave a fallen comrade behind. Wasn’t that one of your beliefs as a marine in Afghanistan? We never leave a fallen comrade behind. Simple words to say, but not so easy to live when the bullets are flying and you can count your future in minutes rather than years….and yet, ten years ago, you risked injury or death to save a wounded soldier and carry him to safety in a killing zone. We never leave a fallen comrade behind. That is what you believed then. Why is it so hard to believe it now?

“We are currently in a war against poverty, and there are fallen comrades. I am with them daily, but there is only so much I can do. I need your help…they need your help…will you crawl across that killing zone one more time, and help your fallen comrades, or will you shrink from your duty and hide behind the safety of rhetoric?”

And so It Went

For two hours, Hope responded to questions, sometimes patiently, and sometimes with urgency, but always the child treated each questioner with respect. Finally, the time came for her closing statements.

“Listen carefully, all of you. The principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not meaningless drivel. They are promises, and they are the rights of every person in this country. It is your job to ensure that they will never be forgotten, or set on a shelf to gather dust. There is only so much I can do. I can provide warmth for the souls of your constituents during their dark times, but it takes more to provide food and a chance at a decent life.

“Hope is not enough. Action is called for, and that action must be born from compassion and love. If we work in concert we can achieve great things, but if the day comes when Hope is lost, then may God have mercy on us all.

“Legislation that benefits the few will only bankrupt the future. Legislation that benefits us all will be revered by generations to come. The choice is yours, but remember that your power is derived from the people, and it is a power that can be revoked at any time.

“Thank you for this opportunity. I will always be with you should you need me.”

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Voted all but funny. How nice to see Hope come alive...a hope we all have for the future. If only we could instill that hope in our Congressmen. If only people could believe there is hope and more than two choices for the future!

      Bill you are a master. The choice is ours.....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! This is becoming my favorite ongoing series....I want to believe!!!!!!!

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Yes Kindred you are a master, Beautifully crafted and creative. I love the message. When the world seems so lost, you inspire us and stoke the fire of hope once again. Few can do that and even fewer do it as well as you. Hugs en route.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, thank you! I think I fall far short of master, but I won't be totally happy until I make it. :) This is a message we all need, as you well know, I'm just doing my part to see that hope is not forgotten.

      I'll take that hug and send you two in return.

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Yup, we totally need Hope and then some in our current Congress. So, think you said a mouthful here! Happy Tuesday and thank you for always being the voice of reason here!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday to you, Janine, and a whole bunch of thank you heading your way on this rainy October morning.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hope is just a wonderful word...Voted up, useful and beautiful. You presented this in a masterful way, and with a wonderful God in control of the universe, Hope prevails. I will always believe and stand on First Corinthians 13; Faith, HOPE and love these three...but the greatest of these is love. I personally believe all are intertwined, faith, hope and love all holding hands as ONE. Thank you for sharing this -Very vital information needed for such a time as this. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's been too long. I'd forgotten how inspiring your words can be. Awesome stuff.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great words from a child so young. The truth is....everyone seems to

      to understand many of the problems. But, Washington has lost touch

      with the people. We need someone like Hope to bring some common sense to our nation. I think I speak for many when I say, we have lost faith in our leaders.

      Great hub, Bill. You know, you are preaching to the choir.

      But, preach on, Brother, Bill!!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, love is the whole ball of wax, and the sooner we come to realize that fact, as a society, the better off we will be. Thank you for your kind words. I always feel better about life after hearing from you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Hope is a very wise and well-spoken little girl. She speaks for all the people. If only our congressmen could hear her. Feel her. Heed her message.

      I'm looking forward Hope's next journey.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma my friend, it has been too long. Thank you for returning. You were missed by little old me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know I am, DJ, but the choir is the only group that will listen, and we writers love it when anyone listens to us. :) Thanks my friend. Happy Tuesday to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I suspect that Hope will return next week. Right now she is playing with her dolls. She is, after all, just a child. :)

      bill

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Believe.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, ArtDiva. Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hope rocks! Lack of hope sucks. Please keep her around to teach us.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      The character of Hope is a wonderful mouthpiece. Wise words here, bill, that we should all heed. Most important of all is that the politicians take heed - the honest ones do but they lose their voice amongst the rest, it seems. Will we ever learn?

      We must take them to task much more, question them much more, make them turn from 'inward' to 'outstretched', make them respond morally to the responsibilities we ask them to undertake.

      On a lighter note, have a great evening, bill!

      Ann

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      Larry kitzmann 2 years ago

      Hope springs eternal my friend. Would that I could. Write on Bill write on-----

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      My goodness! You and Hope sure have a lot of rebuke and common sense/wisdom to offer. You all can do wonders in the House. This creativity on your part has my highest admiration.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think I just might do that, Eric! Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I don't know how to do the things you suggest other than write about the issues and hope someone listens. One person at a time...that's how major changes occur, right?

      Happy Tuesday to you my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Larry! I'll just keep writing and hope someone hears my words.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I'm not sure where the creativity came from. It wasn't there when I was young. I've been storing it up. :)

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi billy - I really like the fallen comrade analogy. Politics is the art of compromise, of finding commons interests. I am sorry to see the politicians and people today with their no compromise stands. It gets everybody nowhere and leaves everybody angry.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      A first time... I shared on my Facebook page. Everyone, left, right and center, needs to see this as we approach this important election season... it may not make a difference, but just one mind, affected by your Hope, will have been worth it. Thank you, so much! ;-)

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I love your stories about Hope. Unfortunately, I could see many - if not most - members of Congress booing such a person and having them kicked out of the building.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, that has been my observation as well. The art of compromise seems to be lost in today's politics. It's all about rhetoric my friend, and getting the votes. Sad but true.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I am honored that this article was the first to be shared on Facebook. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I suspect you are right, but I'll keep writing about her because I love her. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This gave me goose bumps. Your words hit hard and I felt like saying " Amen " each time Hope spoke with a congressman. I just listened to President Clinton speaking in Ky., a close race there between a senator whose voted against raising the minimum wage, yet voted for his salary increase 6 times over 30 years in the senate. A woman is about to win the state. Woopie! Are you writing in the musical challenge series? The word hope is one of many written about. I hope you do....I love this little girl. Thank you..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks, Ruby! I've been following that Kentucky race. I would love to see that person lose and lose big. As for the musical challenge...Maria's, right? I have been following it. I'll ask Hope if she's up for it. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh goody. I'll be looking and waiting. I know you are super busy....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Ruby, I'm always busy, but that's not an excuse. :) I'll see what I can do.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      What a great allegory - I love it. If only we could send out a copy of this to all the congressmen - is it possible? Well done, Bill.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill, my first response as I reached for a tissue was "Wowwwwwww....".

      In response to one comment above, though, Hope wouldn't be booed while speaking to Congress. Being a too-young-to vote citizen, she'd wouldn't be allowed inside that once-hallowed chamber except as a visitor in the gallery. Even adult women have had to put up quite a fight to get inside, both to testify AND to become members.

      The current members of Congress on a certain side of the aisle are under the mistaken impression that the word "Inc." follows "the United States of America". That the federal government should be run like the for-profit corporations many members came from and/or are bank-rolled by (under the table, of course). The federal government was never intended or designed to be run like a business, nor was the U.S. Treasury intended to be the personal piggy bank of a certain party, to be plundered at will by their cronies on Wall Street.

      My 7th great-uncle, Herman Husband, had the right idea when he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, that NO member of Congress should be richer than what we now call the "middle class". He rightly felt that only members of Congress whose income was the same as the majority of a member's constituency could represent them equally and impartially.

      Alas, this requirement was overruled by - surprise? - the richest delegates, paving the way for the UNempathetic, obscenely greedy, profit-oriented Congress we have today.

      As for "no comrade left behind", wounded warriors may not get left behind on the battlefield, but many certainly do once they come home.

      Upped in every category but funny, and shared! ;D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ann! I guess it's possible, but I'm not incline to do so...why waste postage? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, what a stunning comment, and there isn't one thing about your words that I would argue with. There were quite a few elder statesmen in the late 1770s who warned against greed and corruption, but sadly, not enough listened. Thank you for your insights. I really have no answer to the current state of affairs. I see it continuing past my lifetime.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      The character of Hope is quite interesting and a bit matured here. The message is loud and clear. Thanks Bill Sir, excellent as always.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting about life and its differences

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, yes, Hope is mature for her age...there is great wisdom in Hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE!

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      These are powerful statements. We all have the responsibility to see to our better future by the decisions we make, no matter where we sit to the table!

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Indeed, it would probably be a waste of postage. Lets hope that this message is prophetic as well as a great allegory.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely Denise. Now if we can only get a couple hundred million more people to get with the program. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Ann! I will keep having Hope, as I know you will.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      billy: If you keep writing about her, I'll keep reading the stories. I've been enjoying them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Sheila. The next one is in the works as we speak.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful message via Hope, dear Bill! If only ... well, at least here (where I am from), we arrest, indict and eventually send to prison those guilty! That is one way to shake up Congress ... sad, but true. We are non-partisan too, as a democratic governor went to prison and now possibly another high-ranking official (republican) in state government. Seems if they start out with good intentions and are good, then the longer they stay in politics, the greed will overtake them.

      I have hope in that at least the prosecutors are doing there job and then some, it seems ... here at least. We shall see ...

      I will have to catch up on your Hope series. It is wonderful to hope for a better world, and that comes from the character of the people who inhabit it.

      Peace and blessings

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hope is a wonderful character and teacher, Bill. Her messages are very important.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! I've been following the mess in your state of late...but really, it could be any state where that is happening. Just change the names and the same greed and misuse of power will be there.

      Hope is a special girl. I'm glad you like her.

      Have a wonderful day my friend....pax vobiscum

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I think she's pretty special as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      4 little letters H.O.P.E made this such a pleasure to read voted up and awesome Billybuc

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, you are giving my ego a boost this morning. Thank you sir!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Your hubs on Hope are wonderful, Bill. I think we could all benefit from her wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. We must always believe in Hope.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Whenever you're ready to run for office, Bill, just let me know. Still, I figure that you would want to keep away, and I think I'll join you, bro. Great Hub.

      By the way, it reminded me of The Sermon on the Mount. I'm using a Seer to teach two children, and you are using a very current and much needed virtue, to serve in another beautiful way. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      manatita, I wouldn't get within a stone's throw of an elected office. Way too much corruption for me. As for the Sermon on the Mount, I can definitely see that in this. :) thank you as always my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Even if we had hope as this child, we would be able to make a difference in our government. Congress does need to recall how they once believed in the simplicity of life and had a heart for the people. Great message, Bill.

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      SherriDW 2 years ago

      I am new to hub pages and I have already decided that you are my favorite writer. You are helpful and encouraging. My favorite story is that of Hope.

      Thank You.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I don't know if you and I will see these changes during out lifetime, but I'm fine with writing about them and hopefully aiding in change. That is my Hope! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SherriDW, for the very nice words. I'll try not to let you down.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Alabama : )

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alabama indeed, Faith. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, there is to much discussion and a lack of action. It matters not if it is for humanity or nature. We just need to get off that soapbox and begin to take responsibility, as well as action.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfectly stated, Deb, so of course I agree with you. Thank you!

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