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Saturday, February 25, 2012

When What Matters Mattered - Philly Burbs

My journey back in time began with a random suggestion from a friend to see “Somewhere In Time” with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour who spent much of the movie in the early 1900’s. There’s something about a time gone by that I can’t get enough of. My wife followed with tickets to “White Christmas” at The Walnut Theater and a race to the TV whenever the original version is on.

I also regularly view this 5 minute You Tube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs , of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” done in a way that exudes common decency. My satellite radio is almost stuck on Channel 4 – “40’s on 4” and no one moves when “The Waltons” are on.

I feel like I’m not alone in my quest for good values which seemed natural then and labored today. I can’t quite put my finger on it although maybe there’s some truth to the recent discussions about Presidential Candidate Santorum mentioning how Satan singles out America since we’re a beacon of goodness and therefore a perfect target. Someone also once said that “Every garden will be invaded” giving some credibility to Mr. Santorum’s theory.

Most people seem to be pretty principled, really, so what’s going on? The gap between us and our elected officials grows as government grows. Larger government replaces the personal responsibility, self-reliance and accountability that defines our great nation so what is it that drives this destructive growth?

Many carry on about politics founded on issues like abortion. To make politics about a procedure that dismembers an unborn child, crushes his or her skull and then shreds what’s left through a tube is possibly the highest level of depravity. That’s enough to flush anything else of importance down the toilet. Where does one go from there?

I even sometimes feel like Moses staring down from Mt. Sinai just shaking my head in disbelief. For example, the rabbi at our former synagogue, when living in New Jersey, hired some clown to kill his wife with a lead pipe and his replacement used the pulpit as a freak show of insanely radical left-wing hysteria. Much of the crowd here has also replaced God with a golden calf so the quest for spiritual enlightenment continues. I wonder if this is why 30% (or fewer) of Jews in America belong to a synagogue and why our numbers are dwindling/doors are closing.

Politics has probably always been obnoxious, but it’s simply too much a part of our lives today. There’s even a weird effort today to say that Republicans are opposed to contraception sneakily crafted by Lord Obama by mandating providing something even if it violates one’s religious beliefs. There’s no shortage of contraception. The real issue, in my view, is: How on earth did contraception become about politics at all? Another issue is: How do we reduce the number of morons in government?

Going back in time will hopefully reveal the future where the quagmire of a government gone wild is replaced by us. The only suggestion that I can make is to watch as many Bing Crosby movies as you can, embrace the greats of Big Band, immediately buy the Nat King Cole “Christmas Collection” and catch regular reruns of Lawrence Welk.

Get When What Matters Mattered into your head and the rest will just fall into place. Just try it for a day and see what happens. I promise everyone that “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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