Which Came First: Obama’s Theme or “Frozen”?

The President was heard singing to himself as he walked to Capitol Hill recently. His words were very similar to the popular song promoting isolation and self-importance, “Frozen.” Which came first? For those of you unfamiliar with song from the movie, here’s a link that can help you decide.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/disneys-frozen-let-it-go-lyrics-idina-menzel.html

The President’s version:

“The dome glows bright on the Capitol tonight,
not a Congress in each wing.
A country of division and it looks like I’m the king.
Non-lib’rals are howling like this swirling storm inside.
Can’t keep them down, Michelle knows I tried.
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
Be the good “savior” you always have to be.
Plot, don’t feel, don’t let them know.
Well, now they know!

I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
Do it again and again.
I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
Sign away and slam the pen.
I don’t care what the public’s going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The law never bothered me anyway.

It’s funny how some power,
makes the voters seem small.
And conscience tried to control me, can’t get to me at all.
It’s time to see what I can do,
to test the Court and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
I’m free!

I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
I’m one with the wind and sky.
I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
I get away with lies.
I’m the prez, forever I’ll stay.
Let the storm rage on.

My power flurries through from D.C. to open border.
My soul is spiraling from each executive order
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
They’ll never stop me, Constitution’s in the past!

I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
And I’ll rule like Cuba’s Fidel.
I’ll veto, I’ll veto!
The nation goes to hell
Here I stand, always get my way.

Let the storm rage on!
The law never bothered me anyway.

The Next Federal Government Bailout Should Really Go To —

— the business owners in Ferguson, Missouri whose years of hard work were either stolen from them or went up in smoke literally as a result of the demonstrations following the grand jury’s decision in that city. While they usually have insurance, it will not cover all of their losses.

These entrepreneurs were innocent victims, unlike the banks whose grandiose financial mistakes were covered by our tax dollars in recent years. Not only would such federal aid be less expensive than the funds given to banks (who generally DID NOT make loans more accessible to small businesses as they were supposed to)1,2, but it would assist the very businesses from which much employment comes from in many smaller cities.

Here’s an opportunity for the federal government to help the little guy, the backbone of our nation, who certainly deserves the assistance.

1 – “Study: Bank bailout didn’t boost small business lending,” by Stephen Gandel, http://fortune.com/2012/11/14/study-bank-bailout-didnt-boost-small-business-lending/,  11/14/2012
2 – from “TARP: The bailout success story that wasn’t,” by David Weidner of MarketWatch, 2/12/2013

A First Step Toward Calming Race Relations Between Citizens and Law Enforcement

Growing mistrust. Resentment and feelings of no respect. Harsh words, increasing volatility and displays of anger.

Couples with serious difficulties in their relationships often have to turn to a cooling off period. A time of limited contact or even complete, but temporary, separation can provide an opportunity for learning about themselves and make reconciliation more possible.

We have reached this stage in many communities throughout the U.S. The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is just the most recent example.

The suggestion is this: For a select number of communities, not entire towns or cities, African-American leaders could decide to have a two-year period or so where their locale would be patrolled only by law enforcement of their race. A referendum may be too risky as it may set off another round of heightened emotions. Other mixed communities and cities would still maintain the normal racial ratio of those protecting their areas of responsibility.

If nothing else, this would “give peace a chance” as the 1960s liked to say. But it might also teach everyone, of all races, a lot about what works, what doesn’t and perhaps how we can get along as our nation’s founding fathers envisioned.

Our country is still The Great Experiment. To succeed, it must continue to evolve — cooperatively.