Mar 012017
 

 

The month of March
Has just blown in
To say that Spring
Will soon begin

March roars like a lion
With a bluster and a slam
And tiptoes out gently
Like a quiet little lamb

As I write this, it’s been 39 exciting days in this county since the inauguration of number 45.   People in our country have been at their wits end with all the executive orders President Trump has signed; especially the one limiting travel from 7 predominantly Muslim countries.

Republicans and Democrats still cannot seem to get along.  Republican Senators are accusing the Democratic Senators of obstruction and forgetting that for eight years the Republicans did their level best to obstruct everything number 44 tried to do.

Number 45 made his selection for Supreme Court justice at the end of January, and he made a prime time announcement about it.  I didn’t watch it!  He is calling his nominee the people choice!

However, it’s more like the minority of the people’s choice, in my opinion, because no matter how you slice it or dice, number 45 did not win the popular vote.  So, here we have it.  Dems and Repubs doing everything they can to ensure the country does not run well.

Alternative facts are coming out of the mouthpiece at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, probably because “they can’t handle the truth.”  The truth is there weren’t a lot of people at the inauguration of number 45 as there was at the inauguration of number 44.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and a movie is worth a million.  I watched and saw the empty bleachers along the parade route.  In my opinion, it is what it is.  We should move on.

In a previous column, I wrote about “What makes America Great.”  I mentioned we are a nation of immigrants.  With the exception of the native Indians, who were here when the English set foot in Virginia and landed at Plymouth Rock, there are not many people who can trace their lineage to this continent.

Our diversity is what makes America Great. “E pluribus Unum” – Out of many one!  People from many nations have come to America bringing their skills, talents, and work ethic to make America what she is today.

The free press has been accused of not covering terrorist attacks, and under reporting the increasing crime rates.  In fact, we constantly see the same reporting over and over and over again.  It gets to be depressing.  FBI crime stats for 2015 did show a 3.9% increase in violent crimes in 2015 when compared to 2014 data.

Democratic Senators are being silenced by the Republican majority.  Number 45’s cabinet picks are being forced upon certain sectors of the American public who don’t agree with his programs, and some Democrats are choosing not to participate in hearings for certain cabinet picks.

Meanwhile, the Senator from Utah says he’s never seen anything like this before. Sounds to me like he has early on-set of “old timers” disease since his Senatorial leader did the same thing to 44’s choice for Supreme Court.  Or, maybe he refuses to remember.

I would like to offer my condolences to the families affected by the Bowling Green Massacre.  Please join me in a moment of silence for those victims.  Kelly Ann Conway knows who they are if you need their names.  I’d also like to offer my condolences to 45 because the “rule of law” has TRUMPED his travel ban.

Nordstrom’s, a store I cannot afford to shop at, has made 45’s hit list   It’s hard to tell who’s right or whose wrong, but I’ll admit it does make for good comedy.

Now on to my more personal observations about life.

It’s felt like spring in the middle of winter here in the DMV with temperatures hovering in the 70’s one day and then snowflakes and high winds the next.  Forecaster are calling for more warm weather, while teachers, students, and some federal workers are praying for a Snow Day just so they can have a day off.

I’m keeping my shovels handy on my front porch in hopes the snow will take heed and stay out of my driveway, walkway, and sidewalks.  Thirty inches of snow last year almost lead me to the breaking point, though I do believe this winter is not quite finished with us yet.

Spring brings in new things for me this year.  I’ve been selected to perform with the Bethesda Little Theater (BLT) again in a new production called “Let’s Not Talk about Love.”   We plan to do a lot of singing about love instead.  If you are in the D.C. area in March, stop by and see our performance.  We perform March 24, 25, and 26 at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

With everything that is going on in this crazy world, I like to offer a few words from a famous song writer named Michael Jackson:

“Heal the world.  Make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.  There are people dying. If you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me.”

I hope and pray that spring brings new and better things for you and your loved ones.  I hope beautiful flowers will grow in your gardens and your hearts will be filled with warm thoughts.  Peace and Love my friends.

Dr. Arthur (Art) Glover is a retired US Navy Submarine Officer who currently resides in Silver Spring, MD. He holds an MPA Degree from Valdosta State University, an MS in Theology from Southern Christian University and Doctorate in Practical Theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity.  He served his community as an Election Judge for 10 years and continues to serve his fellow veterans as 1st VP of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Military Officers Association and as Base Commander for the Capitol Base, United States Submarine Veterans.  ContactFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn

  • Mike Davis

    WEPS!!!! How you doing? I never told you this personally, but you were the best Department Head I ever served with – especially underway. But, I have to disagree a little with some of how you’re characterizing our current state of affairs in this country. The “alternative facts” are rampant in the media and forge a lot of public opinion. They are definitely not just originating from 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. The media reports only the portion of the news that will inflame/incite and leave out parts that might put the story in a different perspective that ordinary reasonable people might understand. They’re not only telling people (some of) what happened – they’re pretty much telling people how they are supposed to feel about it as well. They are much more worried about publishing a story FIRST than they are about reporting it ACCURATELY. I hate the term “Fake News” – it’s a misnomer and people should stop throwing it around. Most of what they report did, in fact happen – but there are usually some other circumstances that they deliberately fail to mention. Alternative Facts is a much more accurate description, regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on.
    A perfect example is the recent media firestorm over Kellyanne Conway in the Oval office. The pic shows her with her feet on the couch in the Oval Office looking at a cell phone. The media blew up and loudly proclaimed her to be disrespectful of the office. Why didn’t the media publish the second picture in that series which showed her leaning out from that couch to capture a group photo of the meeting with leaders of the HBCU’s with #45? If she had stood up to take that pic, she would have been in the way of the official photographers who were there to document the occasion. So, rather than do that – she took the pic/pics from the only other place in that office wher she could get a group photo – that couch….. But, there are pics of Michelle Obama with her feet on the same couch, in the same Oval Office – but no comments about THAT from the media. If it was disrespectful for Kellyanne to have her feet on that couch, why wasn’t it disrespectful for Michelle Obama to have her feet on the same couch? (I tried to choose one of the least incendiary examples of media hypocrisy, because I didn’t want to create a firestorm on your post) My point is that when a liberal does something – it’s OK, and no one ever hears about it.. When a conservative does the same thing – it’s national news as well as a public and moral outrage!!!!
    And to make matters worse, a Democratic member of the United States Congress made a lewd/tasteless joke about her being on her knees in the Oval Office. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while on record in a published interview, would not even address that part of the story when asked about it – even after the reporter played the tape of the congressman’s comments. As a woman – she should have been outraged about Representative Richmond’s comments. But all she did was dodge the question – repeatedly. If a Republican Congressman had made a similar comment about Michelle Obama being on her knees on that same couch – what do you think the media reaction would have been?
    By the way – if you ever find yourself stuck in an Eject Chamber and the power goes out , just smile – I’ll come find you!!! LOL