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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Sharen Jergenson: The flip side of the coin

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  • E pluribus unum - Latin for “Out of many, one” appears on the Great Seal of the United States. Government officials would benefit from reading that Seal more often or, any coin as a reminder we are one Nation trusting in God. Just as the “flip side of the coin,” there are opposing views on current events.   
        Fabian Linden said “it is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present.” Seems Republicans don’t grasp that concept. Insight of democracy gets lost, and social equality and redistribution will become delusions for Robin Hood fans. Rooting them-selves deep into pockets of the high-net-worth-class secures positions, and creates a thirst for power and wealth. Judgments become blinded and restrain of conscience is released. Needs of others get trampled while persevering self-interest. Truth becomes irrelevant in pursuit of the White House. Fear mongering is repetitious. Please. . .If men were getting pregnant, Planned Parenthood centers would turn into sports bars. And, If we hold true that “all men are created equal,” then how does it become a “radical Obama assault” that all Americans be granted rights to health care?   Would we vote the 47%,  dismissed by Romney, be denied any benefit of  “The Five Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?”
         It appears Romney’s alter ego has fallen down a rabbit hole, and is scratching his head saying, “Who in the world am I today?” He must be sipping on the olive oil to engage such a slippery tongue with echoing rhetoric. His glib discourse even baffles President Obama and should show every American his unreliable character. Even Big Bird has his feathers ruffled. Cutting PBS School readiness programs for kids and resources for educators, to then spiel love of teachers and concern for the middle class does not ring true. He and Ryan would throw us into the deep end of the pool and toss in a voucher reading, ”save yourself!”
         A Bain factory in Freeport, Illinois is slated to lose jobs to China. Romney remains tied to Bain so patriotism doesn’t defer his greed for profit. He and Paul Ryan seem to ride on the premise “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”  But, a road through a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio?  Breakfast finished, patrons gone, kitchen  tidied and volunteers ready to leave. Yet, Paul Ryan, in all his infinite wisdom, determined to hurdle the infamous 47%  film clip and show America how much he and Romney care, barged in, uninvited. Yep, to cast a film which ought be titled, “Deception Of Pot Washing.” Doesn’t that escapade just make the 47%  of us feel all warm and fuzzy?  Inspired by Ayn Rand, social safety nets would be cut to avoid a “culture of dependency.”  How dare he push his way into any soup kitchen to play “lets pretend.”  Are these new age stooges the men we want leading our country?  President Obama shows certainty if in one fact alone; he took over a “Titanic” situation yet prevented it from sinking. “The flip side of the coin” won’t give you answers for your vote, but common sense should.
    Page 2 of 2 -       Once watching a bull fight in Madrid, Spain, I vowed I’d never watch another. Yet, the first debate gave me a sense that somehow, my easy chair had transported me back in time to the La Plaza del Toros bleacher from whence I watched an aggressive bull enter the arena. And, just as the picador failed in the Madrid tercio de varas, the mediator failed in keeping control of the debate. The only difference being; the audience refrained from throwing soda bottles at the mediator as the angry crowd did at the picador in Madrid. All the while, the matador stood in a refined, if not humble manner, just as President Obama did observing the debate bully. President Obama, just as matadors, executes classic and controlled moves which can be interpreted as being innovative. Accordingly, style to elicit inspiration with truthfulness and an emotional connection with his audience emerges. Of course, there is always risk of bewilderment  if up against an unpredictable aggressive bull.   Don’t mistaken aggressive behavior as being worthy of leadership.   
         Benjamin Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” ....And, that’s my opinion.
    (Sharen Jergenson of Heber Springs writes her “And that’s my opinion column... “ for The Sun-Times monthly)

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