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February 15, 2010

President’s Perch

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:07 am

On this President’s Day here in the United States of America, I bid you a fair adieu.  I just returned from Nantucket Sound on a spectacular day here on Cape Cod, the sun blazing off the ice and snow left from multiple storms that have battered the region of late.  This shot is from Chatham, a small village like Osterville, but on the “elbow” of Cape Cod about 25 miles to the east.  Looking at this seagull sitting alone, atop a pier, reminds me of what it must be like to be the President of such a large and controversial nation like the United States.  From our beginning, with a reluctant General, George Washington, who was the first to take the reigns and command an experiment designed by sophisticated men of Europe, we have fought our way out of tyranny and been blessed with one of the most diverse and wonderful nations on the planet earth.   John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were soon to replace him at the top of the power pyramid, and so the history of the new world began in earnest, with many struggles yet to come.  The 19th century brought about perhaps our greatest leader in Abraham Lincoln, whose poet like soul brought about a monumental change to this country that not even the original founders could have imagined.  From the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century and the mad rush for industrial expansion, came men like Teddy Roosevelt, whose best contribution to our nation came by way of his love for the great outdoors–the National Parks.  If it were not for Teddy, majestic places created by the last Great Ice Age, like Yosemite National Park in California, whose rocky cathedrals named “Half Dome” and “El Capitan”, rise from the lush alpine valley 3000 feet straight up into the stratosphere, would have been gated communities now, private gated communities.  As we move quickly into the later part of the 1920’s, we witnessed another test for America, the Great Depression, and how this nation was able to overcome its’ own poverty and rise again as the beloved leader it became synonymous with.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt navigated the country through it’s most difficult financial and military crisis.  Make no mistake about what FDR accomplished.  He had enemies to his right and to his left, but kept the boat steady and brought it to shore.  From the onset of the second World War, that many were hesitant to get involved with, the leadership from the Office of the President of the United States kept it’s word to the world and by 1945, the United States could breathe a sigh of relief.  But that was soon replaced by another struggle, this time faced by a young, bright man from Massachusetts, Jack Kennedy, who faced down a real nuclear threat and saved the world from complete annihilation.  President Kennedy not only served his country faithfully during World War II, where he saved many lives in the Pacific, but was a real force in the ever present struggle against intolerance, bigotry, and hate– bringing the “Civil Rights” movement to the nation’s frontal lobe.  The tragic end to his life still haunts me to this day, as I will say, unequivocally, that Mr. Jack Kennedy was our best President of modern day America.  After the insidious corruption that began to take over Washington D.C. after the election of Richard Nixon, and has become increasingly so in the last 50 years, we saw our nation begin to underestimate the power of special interests.  Watergate was a watershed moment for the country, although we did not see it so at the time.  Although the investigation ousted a corrupt President, the years of deregulation “in earnest”, beginning during the Reagan years of 1980-1988 and have continued, exponentially, to this moment in “time”,  has eroded much of the trust in our elected officials and has tarnished, ever so slightly, the office of the President of the United States of America.  The much maligned Presidency of George W. Bush, with its “conservative spending of 5 trillion dollars”, (borrowed from China) having nothing to do with our interest as a nation, a nation “Of the People, By the People and For the People,” brought about the truth of what is happening right NOW to our country as a whole.  We saw huge tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans, we witnessed sweet heart deals for the pharmaceutical industry, and the complete meltdown of any kind of regulation on a banking system that is now nothing more than a casino– bringing us to our collective knees in the later part of 2008.  The election of our first African-American to the office of the President, Barack Obama, has brought about hope for the change this country needs and will ultimately go through in the coming years.  The irony is not lost, however, as the avenues that our current President has are limited and constricting, with little in the way of money to work with and a filibuster problem that resembles a junior high school classroom.  Further to that point, is the second and third arm of the United States government, the Legislative and Judicial branches, that have proved their own corruption and have sealed their own fate in American history, the real American history.  It is indeed, lonely at the top and as you gaze into the eyes of the seagull, who can look at the sometimes grim picture from high above the earth, you may recognize his acknowledgement that he still needs to come down every once in a while and make some decisions on how to save this country from itself.  God Speed Mr. President and may His Guidance always be with you.  Happy President’s Day Everybody!  Peace~ M

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