I woke up a little earlier than usual today. My mind was racing with concern for my hospitalized friend and concerns about my own agenda for the rest of the week. I’m behind on a few important duties around the house (e.g. balancing our financial budget) and on a few personal ones. One of those is keeping up with the news; another is keeping up with my journal.
I spent some time running down the national news in the 4 o’clock hour, getting primed for the purported “Super Bowl of Politics” tomorrow. It should be interesting. If it lives up to the hype, it could be among the most watched spectacles of the year. A lot is at stake. A failing presidential agenda might get the tipping point it needs, one way or the other. Still a long way to go there. The special counsel is still assembling his staff for the next round of investigations. The most scandalous candidate and early president we’ve seen is undoubtedly going to have to deal with this sort of blowback for his entire term, however long it lasts.
I also spent some time on local politics. I admittedly don’t know enough about my own backyard. Some friends of mine got involved with a community movement last night and its piqued my interest. If all politics is local, as they say, then I lack foundation. I suspect that particular adage is dubious, if not outdated, because of the effect that a national and state agenda has on smaller communities. I suspect you’ll find it hard to solve homelessness in the local community, for example, without first addressing the larger picture of national inequality, expensive health care, and poor mental health support. The best you can hope to do is push the downtrodden from your community into someone else’s. It doesn’t solve the problem; it only hides it from you. Irregardless, greater attention in my own community is a worthy notion to address. I thank my friends for the impetus.
To be clear, if you didn’t press the link, my homeless example was just that, an example. My friends aren’t involved with that. They have concerns about crime and business.
But you should always, always, always click those links. Often, when you go there, folks come here. See how that works. 🙂
It’s 5:47 in the morning now, so I have another good hour before the rest of the house wakes up. I still have that budget to balance and that journal entry to write. I want get a walk in and move some stuff out of the yard before the rains start later. I’d like to catch up on social media.
But at least some of my responsibilities are out of the way for the morning. This one, at least. It’s June 7th, and I have 23 more of these to do daily this month. For today, though, no free beer for the fellas. 😉