STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

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In Shakespeare’s play, “The Tempest,” the term “Strange bedfellows,” was coined in reference to a drunken jester, named Trinculo.  He was been shipwrecked on Prospero’s magic island.  He seeks shelter from the storm and comes upon the petrified body of Caliban.  Trinculo crawls into Caliban’s cloak and suddenly realizes that what he thought was a fish is actually a living human being.  Strange bedfellows thus was the result of unexpected partners coming together in the face of tragedy.

Today the term has evolved into political factions becoming strange bedfellows.  And strange they are, but when you think about it, in America, these elected officials are supposed to be the employees of the citizens of the United States.  Yet, because of differences of opinions and in search of getting votes, it all boils down to taking sides.

Wouldn’t it be nice if these men and women, who have achieved the positions they hold through the confidence of those who voted for them, would do what they’re being paid to do?  I’m not schooled in politics.  I have no degrees in political science.  I’m just an average American citizen who doesn’t understand the entire process.

The congress and the senate have been elected to be the voice of the people – not the special interest groups that control some of the biggest businesses in the country.  When our country was founded, President Washington had no desire to be president, because he thought the position would just become another monarchy.  The greatness of America came to be, because the population was willing to fight for its precepts.  Have we become so willing to let someone else do the work while we sit back and complain about it.  Our voice must be heard again, for I fear our patriotism is dying a quick and painful death.

As we witness the breakdown of the democratic process – the demise of a two party system – the corruption that infiltrates both sides of the aisle – the average American Joe has got to take a more active part in the future.  We must put a stop to name calling, accusations, fear mongering, corruption and hatred in our country.  The only way that’s going to happen is if we call on God to help.  He has promised to be with those who call on His name.  It’s time to admit that without Him, we can do nothing.  With Him, all things are possible.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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7 Responses to STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

  1. I can only shake my head

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  2. Kathy ~ I am schooled in political science and public administration (BA & MPA). You nailed it.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    When I worked on the NASA project in Mississippi, we had classes on how the “swamp” really works. It did not work for us when the member of the house who got the project started had a stroke and no one owed his replacement any favors. That started the lay offs that led me to PA.

    The “swamp” runs on a tit for tat system. Newly elected people have done no one any favors, and thus are impotent until they have voted for the right bill or snuck a rider onto a bill that got passed without anyone noticing. Don’t look at voting records except for the really horrible bills. These guys will vote for anything in exchange for the other guy voting for their own bill. You don’t stay there long, except for one PA senator (son of a beloved departed governor from many years ago), if you never author a bill that passes. There is no such thing as a conscience if you want to remain in DC.

    Odd that you mentioned the Tempest. Our son in Tennessee has composed a musical version of the Tempest, but after working with his elementary school students on the Christmas Around the World pageant, he is trimming it down and making it easier.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Boy oh boy, you sure get around. All your adventures have given you a ton of fodder for writing. I always enjoy your comments.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Your son sounds very talented too. I ve written a few musical plays, but have someone else compose.

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      • hatrack4 says:

        He tried out for the Producers in SE Memphis area and only got past the first call back, along with his wife who had a part in a Shakespearean performance last year. With a music major, he is supposed to be able to do a lot of crossover things to other performing arts, but most of his comrades would never attempt such a task.

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