Wednesday, November 16
Leadership at Home
I admit it. Sometimes, I get fed up and just turn-off the news. Can you blame me?
Here is a sample from the past week - Occupy Wall Street protesters evicted from park. Greece and now Italy face economic catastrophe. Republican Presidential Candidate, Michele Bachmann, favors waterboarding. Congressional Special Committee cannot agree on budget and taxes. The House GOP wants to reclassify pizza as a vegetable. Penn State coach accused of pedophilia.
In Washington DC, I get a constant flow of information. When I was in Ukraine, I was lucky to get NPR’s All things Considered once a week via the web. Now I have multiple NPR channels and of course, cable news programing each with its own right or left wing slant. The news even becomes comedy. Check out the Daily Show if you haven’t already done so.
News is unending 24/7 with no brake for holidays. Maybe that’s why I get to feeling over-satiated, ill like going back to the Thanksgiving buffet once too many times….ugh!
That’s when I like to escape. I make a cup of tea and turn on the classical music. Give me the rhythmic precision of a Bach Goldberg Variation to soothe the inner turmoil and the outer clamor. It’s lovely, nuanced and predicable.
Today, I am listening to music. Sunday’s Washington Post lays sprawled across the floor by my reading chair. I pick it up and cannot resist thumbing through the articles. I guess I can’t escape from the world of news for very long.
As I read the following article, my inner voice says, “This makes sense.” The editorial writer, Steven Pearlstein, creates a counter punctual Variation from the cacophony of weekly headlines. I wonder if the Dems and the GOP can put aside rivalries over the next election and focus on the common good? Do we have the leadership? Pearlstein gives some plausible hope.
Here is the editorial as it appeared in the Washington Post and syndicated around the Country. Give it a read and let me know how it strikes you. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
By Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post
The global financial system teeters on the edge of collapse because European politicians refused to tell citizens of their crumbling economies that they could no longer guarantee them “la dolce vita” — the sweet life — they had come to expect.