re: "EMBRACE THE MURTHA: Part One of "Mourning in America" "
"(T)he Democrats in Congress have hit the ground shunning. Shunning confrontation, shunning decision, shunning crisis, and shunning leadership."
Regular readers here will possibly have noticed that my personal politics tend towards the conservative side of things.
(Not that I'm currently a registered Republican or anything: while some years ago I was registered with the Republican Party in my home state, that had more to do with me dating a really hot congressional committee staff member of the then-and-now-again minority party than anything else. That was, of course, prior to my having met Madam-at-Arms.)
Still, as I am occasionally given to taking pains at communicating with some of my colleagues, I do not ever wish for my elected or appointed political leaders to fail, whatever their party affiliation.
Whether in the uniform of our Armed Forces or the Brooks Brothers (por ejemplo) suits of our diplomatic corps, I have served under presidents, congressional majorities, and secretaries of defense and state from both major American political parties.
Regardless of who's living in the White House, or appointed secretary of state, or in the majority party in whichever legislative house, I want them to succeed in their posts. I want their policies and initiatives to be successful in making America stronger and a better place to live, for ourselves and our posterity. It disturbs me greatly when I find myself disagreeing or otherwise disquieted by decisions or policies which strike me as unwise or ill-advised. I comfort myself with the thought that perhaps from my worms-eye view of national and world events I do not have the bigger picture that my presumably well-briefed president, secretary or member of congress has.
Sometimes that is a thin reed upon which to rely.
Oftentimes of a Sunday when attending religious services, I will hear an intention for prayers for our nation's leaders, that they will have the wisdom and courage to do the right things and the just things rather than those which may be merely politically (and only temporarily) expedient.
That's a good thing to pray for, don't you think?