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.