As a lifelong resident of Lubbock, I'm deeply concerned about the lack of females in elected positions in West Texas. A few years ago, there was an almost equal balance on the City Council and on the LISD Board of Trustees. At the present time, however, there is only ONE female on the Lubbock City Council, ONE woman on the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court, and TWO women on the LISD Board of Trustees. In the history of West Texas politics, we’ve never elected a woman from our region to go to Austin or represent us in Washington. Are we moving forward or backward?
I’m certain the headline of this post captured your attention; but I really mean it. I’m rooting for Newt! Having Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee would be the best belated Christmas present EVER for the Democrats.
Recent news articles about Gingrich ask one question: Why is he the front-runner of the GOP?
I think it has to do with timing.
“Now is the winter of our discontent”. I can’t seem to shake the sentiment of that line from Shakespeare’s Richard III.
The headlines whiz by like a stock-ticker of impending doom: Fifty percent of America is in poverty, obstructionist politics, frightening quotes about “rethinking” the Constitution. It goes on and on. I know I’m not the only one who is awake at night, in the dark, worrying about what might happen tomorrow, next week or next year.
The sound bytes, speeches, interviews and debates of the GOP candidates are peppered with adjectives like self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, rugged individualism, autonomy, independence and the smoke-thin allusion to meritocracy—that we all receive what we deserve. Even Herman Cain, a former candidate, boldly (and not so eloquently) asserted, “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, it’s your fault.”
I just read Walter Williams’ article http://lubbockonline.com/editorial-columnists/2011-12-26/williams-chinas-not-taking-us-jobs-our-politicians-are-blame#.Tvj8OHr4Igo and it led to some deeper thinking about the extreme and perilous places where politics are taking us. Williams contends that our politicians (on both sides) are using China as a scapegoat, a whipping boy for our jobs crisis. How many times in history, have we seen this?
Three days before 2012 and we’re bombarded with the subject of New Year’s resolutions from every pop culture expert and professional; how to do it, why we should do it, or why we shouldn’t do it. I’m sure there’s even an “app” for that!
This last decade could easily be labeled as the Era of the Ego.
Even though politicians possess a larger-than-normal ego, they shouldn’t enjoy all the blame. Their over-inflated egos are a reflection of our own. As a country, we have a mammoth ego, but unfortunately, our individual egos are even larger.