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. Contact – Facebook – Google+ – LinkedIn