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May 23, 2013

Passing along advice of seeing the humor

(Continued)

Isn’t it ironic, actually downright silly that on the one hand people’s backgrounds are checked probably hundreds of thousands of times a day for loans, job applications – the list is too long! But when it comes to guns, which of course do not kill people, background checks are an anathema to so many. Equally ludicrous is the fear of some sort of national gun registry. The bipartisan gun control bill that failed specifically prohibited such a registry. Just think of the registries we already have. Last summer I chatted with a wrangler at Glacier National Park in Montana. She described the incredibly involved application process to become a summer wrangler taking tourists on trail rides every day. Needless to say, her background was scoured. She did not seem to mind.

I could ride the silly trail endlessly. The demagogic gibberish one hears daily is ripe fodder for any number of comedians. Thank God for them; they keep us sane. The narcissistic ego nourishing behavior of many politicians would be pleasantly entertaining if they could only shed their messianic complexes. There are some good, honest, hard working politicians out there whose moral compasses are at work for us – all of us.

A retired senator recently opined that we might just get some things done in Washington if her colleagues actually worked a full week. Perhaps we could start there and require the blokes to work five full days a week. We pay them a hell of a lot of our money and get far too little for it. But they sure got those airport delays solved quickly! How many must die before we realize, like it or not, we are sisters and brothers and one another’s keepers?

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