Monday, January 2, 2012

A Twelve-step Program to American Recovery

The holiday silliness has barely subsided and, zippo! we’re thrust breathlessly back into this interminable election. While the de-throning of Obama is high on my wishes for 2012, it’s time we confront our national miasma at a much deeper level. Even if we elect President Perfect this year, it’s not going to pull this wonderful country out of the irrational mess it’s in. A real fix must come from each of us and requires more of each us than just casting a vote.

I decided over the holidays that my small part of the cure is to write a series of posts discussing what common sense tells me we need to do heal our culture and our future. I offer these ideas for your consideration in the hopes of opening discussions, of triggering questions, of setting off ripples of thought. If you don’t agree with me, tell me why; if you think what I say makes sense, tell someone else. We have the power to restore this country – if we have the will.

Part 1 – Calling a Spade

“In the beginning was the Word…” The Apostle John begins his gospel with this phrase and in so doing places language in a pre-eminent position. After all, our universe was spoken into existence, so it is not surprising that our national salvation depends also on words.