Many Americans worry a great deal about all sorts of things, and all too many are said to worry on a constant and recurring basis. Perhaps the issues of the day are reason for concern. For example, Congress can’t seem to deal with the multitude of very serious problems facing our nation. In fact, many in the House and Senate quite often act like they don’t care about the welfare of their folks back home. Sadly, some of them don’t seem to like each other very much. Unfortunately, some may even put their own personal interests over those of their constituents. All of this, in combination, is cause for great concern.
Ordinary folks have to wonder if upcoming Congressional decisions will mean change for better or for worse. Issues such as the longest war ever in our nation’s history, the prospects of further wars on foreign soil, especially in the Middle East, the potential threat of another terrorist attack on U.S soil, senseless mass murders by individuals armed with military-style assault weapons that will fire in some cases as many as 100 rounds in just a few seconds, and the need to keep jobs and the economy at the top of the legislative agenda are definitely cause for concern.
I fear that most of these issues don’t seem to be getting the attention that Americans believe they should receive. I believe all should be top priorities on government’s problem-solving list. You can add to the list of problems such things as climate change, immigration issues and government waste. These also must be top priorities.
When Congress refuses to deal with all of these problems, and fails to work together in a bi-partisan manner to solve them, that causes concern, worry, and sometimes even anger across the land. Interestingly, the very low approval ratings of the members of Congress don’t appear to bother them very much. Along with the distrust and disapproval of Congress by the American people, comes a sense of fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, this is all the reality of our times. But worrying by the public isn’t the answer. Instead, we should all get involved and become a part of the solution-seeking army of engaged Americans.
My hope and prayer is that members of Congress will come to their senses and do the right thing. Recently, I heard one of the young men who played for Coach Gene Stallings at the University of Alabama tell about the first team meeting after Coach Stallings took over as head coach of The Crimson Tide in 1990. The former player said there had been hundreds of specific rules under their previous coach. At the meeting, one of the veteran players asked Coach Stallings if all of those old rules still applied. I am told that Coach Stallings didn’t hesitate – in keeping with his nature – and he told his players that all of them knew the difference between right and wrong and that the only rule under him would be for them to always “do the right thing!”
Perhaps Coach Stallings, if asked by a member of the House or Senate what Congress can do to solve America’s many problems, would tell that person, “you know the difference between right and wrong, so do the right thing for the American people!” What do you think the result would be if all of the members of Congress, starting with the leadership, followed that simple rule? My hope and prayer is that they will take the Coach’s sound advice.
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