On vacation with my Bride on Anna Maria Island. I know, took time off? Not really because we're together here in Sunday Morning Coffee a look at some of the political news you've seen, or missed, and my commentary. Hey, it's only once a week so even conservatives can join in. Let's get started! The coffee is on from The Island Coffee Haus.
It was amazing. The Royal Family got a jolt of what America can be if we focus on people over power. OK, I get it...lots of royal and rich people at the event. But there was also community leaders, people who are helping others each day. If you failed to watch the 14 minute sermon by Bishop Michael Curry you missed something remarkable. Because I don't want you to overlook what he said...here you go:
Told you it was amazing. Imagine...just imagine.
This image was floating around on Twitter this morning. It speaks volumes as the writer said, "Some serve...others serve themselves". If you paid attention to Bishop Curry's address yesterday (above) that is exactly what he was saying. What would the world be like if we focused on others...and not ourselves? OK...sorry to get all mushy this morning. Or am I?
It was all "full speed ahead" as "45" announced, a bit prematurely, that he had created the biggest international success with a summit in Singapore with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un. It was going to be "beautiful" then National Security Adviser John Bolton said North Korea must get rid of all their nukes. It's called the Libya Policy. However, North Korea already knows what that means. Remember what happened when Muammar Gaddafi bowed down to the U.S. and trashed his nukes? Yep, he died a very public death following a U.S. backed attempt at nation building. That is not lost on North Korea. So...Singapore is, for the moment, off. Smart play and it shows the inexperience of this administration.
In other words...it ain't gonna happen. I could be wrong but as we forget history others remember.
Another day, another school mass murder. What is so very common in the United States is virtually unknown in other countries. However, we are all so much safer because we've all got guns. Rest easy. Insanity is doing the same thing (nothing) time after time...and nothing changing. Carry on America. As the Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick (R-TX) said this morning, "It's not about guns it's about us." And went on to talk about personal responsibility and arming teachers and totally ignoring the real issue. It is about us. It is about us not wanting to face the reality that many in our nation are simply nuts. But...well, never mind.
The race to become the next governor of the Hawkeye State is heating up. Numbers are in from the recent campaign fund raising and Nate Boulton seems to be doing well raising a cool million but trailing in the Iowa Poll to front-runner Fred Hubbell. Yesterday the Des Moines Register reported that Hubbell has an 11 point lead over Boulton and a surprise that nurse and labor leader Cathy Glasson is running in third place. The rest of the pack well back in single numbers.
Yet it is being called "fluid" with nearly a quarter of registered and likely voters saying they have not yet made up their mind. I've already voted...did that before heading to Florida. But you? Make sure you vote early if possible. Don't contribute to the powerful Third Party...the "I Don't Vote But I Bitch" group. OK?
Speaking of voting...this is such a critical election. I know dozens and dozens of candidates are out pounding doors and talking with voters. From the Statehouse to Terrace Hill turning out the vote is going to be critical. It is NOT enough simply to bitch you must get involved. The Iowa Democratic Party offers real solutions to the budget mess in our state. They offer real solutions in education, health care, voting rights, human rights, inclusion, equal pay, our land and our water. Take the time and become informed. Join a neighborhood group and let's get this done in June and in November. Iowa, stop voting against your interests. Commercial...over.
Yesterday Rob posted about College Graduates vs. The Trades and caught some flack. The premise is that while thousands of young people are lining up to incur debt and a degree thousands of jobs in the trades are going wanting. Jobs that, following training, pay well and create a strong middle class. Look, nobody is dissing college or an education but to put our heads in the sand and discount alternatives? Rob is correct and he is going to make a superior State Auditor. Yes, I already voted.
Usually this piece goes for a bit. However, I promised my Bride that I would not be late to the "Island Party" here on Anna Maria Island. So...gotta go. Grateful that you came by for a quick read. Stay safe and thank you to our kids who are watching the fort back home. And, we did bring a photo of Yofi. It's because I'm such a softy.
Carry on friends...and have a wonderful Sunday!