The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) writer, producer & film director
a couple weeks ago I ran into the fellow with the fun shirt at bwi, as a cheese and mouse lover I asked if I could take his portrait. he agreed! the story with the shirt is although this man said he was fond of mice and cheese the reason he wears the shirt is because it a makes his grandchildren happy. aw, that makes me smile.
there are things that make us happy and there are things that make us unhappy. I definitely am not happy over the results of tuesday's election. isn't it funny, but not in a happy ha-ha way, how the electorate's collective memory is so warped that they forgot who and what got us to where we are today. (the image on the right came via fb and I just had to share it!)
I'm not going to give a comprehensive critique of the mess in the u.s., but I would like to mention a couple issues near and dear to me - peace and health care. a pack of lies got us into the quagmire of the iraq war and mr. bush's folly cost the american people a lot more than just robbing the country's coffers and possibly bankrupting future generations. think of all the death and destruction. for what? we were told iraq was behind 9-11 and had weapons of mass destruction. they weren't and they didn't. invading iraq wasn't for 'freedom' it was for the hope of cheap oil. well, that certainly didn't work out, did it? although officially the iraq war is over, u.s. involvement is far from over, and the united states is still paying plenty - and for what end?
access to health care is viewed as a basic right in most countries of the the world; here in america, health care boils down to being a privilege. at the end of mr. bush's term there were over 47 million americans without health care. mr. obama wasn't the first president who wanted to make sure everyone in america has access to health insurance - the campaign to expand health care for all americans goes back quite a way. for instance, fdr asked congress to pass an 'economic bill of rights' for all americans and singled out access to adequate health care as fundamental to this bill of rights, after him there was harry truman who advocated a single system that would cover all americans. geez, even richard nixon had a plan to expand health care!
all I can say is america beware of lies! now mr. boehner, who will be replacing nancy pelosi as speaker of the house, believes that one of the reasons the democrats lost this year is because the american people do not want health reform. he states that the reform package would "kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world, and bankrupt our country."
hmmm....interesting take mr. boehner. I hate to burst mr. boehner's bubble but according to independent and non-partisan sources the u.s. health care system ranks around #37 in the world. the only place we rate a #1 spot when it comes to our health care system is on spending - we are great at that!! in terms of our health the u.s. comes in at #39 for infant mortality; #36 for life expectancy; #43 for adult female mortality; and #42 for adult male mortality. (want more go here ).
okay, I really wasn't planning a rant; sometimes things can get me going - small things like injustice and lies.
okay, it is time now to return to thinking about happy things like cheese, mice, grandfathers who like to make their grandkids smile and the tunes of modest mouse.
mice eat cheese (2001) by modest mouse