Saturday, September 26, 2015
THAT LOST BLOG
Hallelujah, I found it; May it be worth the hours spent searching.
Where to start? This has been “the week that was” is and will be.
Wednesday was the most holy day in Judaism. The day of reflection, of asking for forgiveness for transgressions both material and virtual that one has committed against others, and even more important for those that others have committed against you.
Thursday was the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha ("Festival of the Sacrifice"),. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command (Wikipedia)
Pope Francis arrived in the US and addressed both Congress and the United Nations. Although he was not “political” or setting church policies; he urged attention of these bodies to the problems of immigration, human refugees, poverty, and the acceptance of all religions.
On Friday President Xi of China arrived in DC for discussions with our President before going to the UN,
Also, this coming week the power aggressive Russian Leader Putin here for the UN will hold discussions with Obama. Will, probably not, Obama take a strong position against Russia injecting itself with fore in the Syria crisis?
The reluctance of the Western nations to take a strong position against the absorption of the Crimea and Russia’s active support of the separationists in the Ukraine as well as indications of increased pressure against the Baltic nations bode ill for the world’s peace. We forget history.
All the above had to share importance with the surprise announcement by Speaker of the House Boehner that he was resigning his post as well as his seat at the end of October.
This is a victory by a strong but minority ultra-right wing of the Republican Party who would if they could hold the nation captive with the threat to shut down the government in order to delete funding for Planned Parenthood in the emergency appropriation bill.
Ironically, Boehner a very devout Catholic had proposed a bill that would include funding as a compromise to keep the government operating.
Unfortunately he has also often been caught between the interests of his conservative wing and an adamant White House that had post fact reneged on promises to him of concessions in order to pass some legislation His party opposition have never forgiven him. Yes, every day politics in DC takes precedent over the nation’s welfare, and unfortunately our President is an adept practitioner