The proverbial truth

To the victor go the spoils; allís well that ends well; winning isnít everything, itís the only thing; absolute power corrupts absolutely; allís fair in love and war; the end justifies the means; better late than never; blood is thicker than water; and, of course, as you sow so shall you reap.

Famous proverbs all, these (and many other) popular sayings, when considered in the right light, paint an interesting picture of our countryís current crises, from the withdrawal of troops in Iraq to climate change and its possibly inevitable consequences, the growing movement that is occupy Ė insert your favorite metropolis here Ė to next yearís (who really gives a damn at this point) presidential election.

Proverbially speaking ... enough is enough.

As for our withdrawal from Iraq, well, better late than never, if you get my drift, considering we never should have invaded in the first place. And yes, I know all about the big, bad Saddam regime and how (since when?) itís our responsibility to police the entire planet, but when you get right down to it, the only thing weíve accomplished in Iraq is a whole lot of death, destruction and heartache.

Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again, Iím simply calling it how I see it.

Itís almost funny, really, as it pertains to our current commander in chief. To those who absolutely despise the man, staying in Iraq would be a terrible decision. Then again, now that weíre pulling out, well, that action is also seen in a negative light. Sorry, folks, but you canít have it both ways. In fact, I have a strong feeling that, if Obama were to climb to the top of the proverbial mountain, wave his magic fix-all wand and produce a mystical and permanent solution to every problem facing America today, many people would still consider him ďthe worst thing to ever happen to our countryĒ (which Ė if you ask me Ė casts them in a dubious light, to say the least).

Personally, I donít think heís done all that bad a job, all things considered. Of course, Iím not the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation (and I donít watch FOX News, either), so why wouldnít I (think heís done quite well with the hand he was dealt)?

In regards to climate change, Iím again completely flabbergasted by the total and utter lack of objectivity. It seems that Ė no matter how much information is released as to its real and measurable effects Ė some people simply will not (or maybe can not) revise their opinion. Me? Iím tired of trying to change peopleís minds, probably because, in this day and age, itís nigh impossible. Everyoneís a genius and woe to those who disagree. And that, my friends, is sad.

Next yearís presidential election? Now thatís a scary thought in and of itself. Whether youíre a Democrat, Republican or Independent (Iím none of the above, to be honest), I, personally, wouldnít trust the current slate of presidential candidates to tie a shoe, let alone run the country. Just speaking my mind, of course, but last time I checked, that kind of thing was allowed.

And then thereís the ďoccupyĒ crowd. Well, like many movements, both past and present, their hearts may be in the right place, but the message is getting more-than-a-little mixed-up as it makes its way to the people en masse.

As previously state, enough is enough, another proverb that ranks right up there with ďnothing is certain but death and taxes.Ē

Canít we all just get along?

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