This is the last Sunday Morning Coffee for 2020. That, perhaps, is a good thing. I've been writing this piece for well over twelve years and while I've shared a bunch of stuff this year has been tough for so many reasons. Most of all the utter failure of people we elect to lead and keep us safe has been depressing and embarrassing. Let's go and hope 2021 is better.
Failure = Death
Over 300,000 Americans have now died due to COVID19. Daily death tolls are larger than what we saw on 9/11 yet the lack of caring, much less leadership, is astounding. This president only thinks of himself and he, and his enablers, have decided that is OK. By whose book is that OK? And now, because of that same failure millions of Americans are going to face growing poverty and the nation will grind to a halt on Tuesday. Disgusting and vile. Do not talk to me about "moving on". I can not wait until this evil is gone and states take up the challenge to "lock him up".
The difference between what we've had to suffer through for the past four years and what the promise of a Biden Presidency is offering is palatable. Mostly ignoring the antics of "45" and his followers Joe Biden and Kamala Harris continue to work on the serious business of leading this nation back. Putting serious people in charge of key positions and making sure those folks mirror America. It is astounding and welcome and gives us hope.
I dunno. But, I do know that IF the person who committed this crime were a "person of color" or from a religion other than "Christian" we would be quick to call it an act of terrorism. Still shifting this one out but conspiracy theories are working overtime on both sides of the political/cultural divide.
I spend a bit of time on Twitter for personal and professional reasons and it's always entertaining and, at the same time, confusing, to view the Twitter profiles of people who offer their rabid support of "45" and buy into the conspiracy that the election was "stolen". Sure, I read some of the posts and then love to click on those profiles and to a person they identify themselves as a devout "Christian" or "Follower of Jesus" or "Saved by His Grace". Really? You wouldn't have a clue what it means to be a "Follower of Jesus" because if you were confronted by who/what he really was you would delete the reference. It's a cover used to give a "secret handshake" to others who are xenophobic sociopaths. I can understand why so many people are turned off by religion but enjoy spending an hour a week at a "show" rather than truly understanding what their faith requires of them. Weary...
Governor Kim Reynolds
Had enough yet? I'll just leave it there and oh my are the Democrats lining up to take her on in 2022.
Rural Iowa Politics
Last week I had the opportunity to talk business and Rural America with a sprinkling of politics and how Democrats need to start listening rather than telling folks we have all the answers. Why? Because our answers, often, are not the answer to the issues that come from living in rural parts of our nation. For example, consider that families living in 24 of Iowa's 99 counties are living below the federal poverty line of $26,200 a year for a family of four. This is not about politics it is about economics. It is also about racial and social issues that have many living in Rural America frightened because their "way of life" is being threatened. Right or wrong...that seems to be the crux of many voiced concerns. But there is hope and here is a link to just one of many conversations I've had over the past week. This is the non-political piece...because Insight on Business the News Hour stays away from the political fray...however the trends do make for an interesting bit of conversation.
What a weird Christmas. While millions of Americans traveled for the holiday we...didn't. Our goal is to buy as much time as possible so that we can get back to the holidays in 2022. Time is what each of us needs to survive. And, no matter what you think of yourself think also of those around you. Deal?
i'm stressing out a bit. For over a year I've known that my 12 year-old computer is on the edge but, not being able to just go out and buy something new, I've had to save up for the switch. Today may be that day but I am supper stressed that not everything that is important is going to make the transition. Sure I've backed up files and photos but...my email system is awful and I can only access it through this computer. (You see, I don't have "the guy" who is in an office down the hall that knows all about this stuff.) And, yes, I have long ago forgotten what my password is which is why I have not been able to access email via my phone. Yeah...I'm a bit stressed and hope that my guru, Patrick Palmer, can make it all better.
That's it...and thanks for reading!