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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Sharen Jergenson: Heart and Soul

  • Is it only an illusion that those on the right boldly challenge established wisdom and risk the American Dream?
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  •     Hearing only a couple beats of the jaunty bass part, and the song “Heart and Soul” is revealed. Impulse is to immediately join in and play the melody. While it can be infectious for musicians, it apparently doesn’t have the same affect on everyone.  It has been viewed that Congress is suppose to be the “heart and soul of our democracy.”  Measurement of their validity to the real world could be subject for conceptual distinction. Would significance be determined as superficial or profound? Possibly they are only ghosts of a reactive institution living in our historical imaginations. Is it only an illusion that those on the right boldly challenge established wisdom and risk the American Dream? How can ideals of that dream be obtained if amoral corporations are allowed to stuff their pockets and buy politicians? Has our love affair with capitalism allowed Congress an active role in shaping what it appears we stand for? A reflection of us in all our strengths and all our weaknesses. But, do our ethnic, regional idiosyncrasies, religious, and racial diversity reverberate in their hearts?  Or, do they serve chiefly with their heads like a master timekeeper winding the mainspring arbor of our culture to drive our movements?  Our multitude of needs are made apparent as well as our shadings of opinion on everything from the value of war to the war over values. Do we influence change within our own sphere never knowing the power of our own “Heart and Soul?”  Congress is essentially charged with reconciling our many points of view on  issues of the day. But, are their views really a reflection of America’s needs? They have been crying wolf over austerity since Obama took office. Do they carry the trait to willingly unleash the wolves on March 1st?  Albert Einstein said, “you cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”  With gavel back in his keep, will Boehner use it to ward off the wolves and discover “Heart and Soul, or will he continue to use unjust tactics on his watch? If Muzak softly played that little ditty during sessions, some might absorb it’s positive psychological effect and find themselves doing a little jig closer to center aisle. Of course, those subject to whims would most likely deem it unpatriotic. Wouldn’t it benefit lawmakers to get serious on issues? Aren’t the values of the Constitution pragmatism and compromise? Or, is it true that in many aspects there is irrelevancy to the current political design of our country? Jonathan Bernstein asked, “Do the Founding Fathers’ views still matter?” They certainly were not familar with high-capacity weapons when writing the Constitution.  For over a century, there has not been need for debate or interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. No need for questioning until it took root in politics as much as law. Now lawmakers run scared from courage. They fail to do what will be esteemed right by good society. They are influenced by propaganda and fear  of losing large political contributions from organizations like the NRA. The power of gun ideologues create fear and the voters fall under the spell of a gun lobby that considers any restriction of deadly assault weapons an unthinkable assault on the Constitution. Maybe in addition to owning high capacity guns, we should be allowed tanks, stinger missiles and drones to sit on our front lawns.  It’s not about the sport of hunting because anyone inclined to believe more than a rifle with 3 bullets is needed to bring down their prey is simply a poor marksman, and should stay out of the woods.
    Page 2 of 2 - .Yep! It really causes me great concern that prohibiting the AR-15 rifle is infringing on basic rights and freedom of some poor fellow with a glitch in his synaptic terminal. I’m weary of  the NRA’s famous anti-gun control slogan: “Guns don’t kill people. People  kill people.”  Try convincing the body lying in the morgue of that, or the parents of children whose little bodies were ripped apart from an assault weapon attack.  Growing up among hunters and their guns, I do understand people don’t like anyone messing with them and their guns. But, in this era from where I sit, I don’t believe high-capacity ammunition magazines are necessary for individual use, nor do they deserve the protection of our Constitution. 
     Plato said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”   The world could use a bit more “Heart and Soul” and a few less guns.  . . . .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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