The Clash


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The clash. The painful moments called morning when night crossed over into day, when dreams came to an end. The clash. Of darkness and light. Of good and bad. Of beginnings and endings.

The clash. Of the increasing number of taxis, in a world where public policy now promoted mass transit. In Minneapolis, the city was giving out more medallions, licensing taxis on the streets, then ever before. It did not seem fair, to the taxi drivers who had struggled with 12 hours day. Mostly to people who came from another land. In the world with oil prices fluctuating,like some kind of state fair ride. Immigrants trying to ascend into the ranks of the elite. Amidst public policy.

The clash of people with their past. The clash of a time in baseball when a franchise tried to survive in turbulent times of free agency, when the owner had no money. The clash of 2 eras as seen in the two people inducted last Saturday into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

The clash. Coming to grips with the creative powers within…in an American world where people try to preserve their ethnic heritage. People trying to preserve their ethnic heritage as they ascend into the ranks of the elite. The clash. The clash of the past with the present. The clash of the urban with the country.

The clash of people with their past. Remembering the instruction. About the lamb that must be a year-old male… which shall “not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole, with its head and shanks and inner organs. None of it must be kept beyond the next morning; whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up. This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight,” along with instruction how to eat the lamb in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it. “It is the Passover of the LORD.”

The clash. Of benefits and favoritism. Of health care plans tied to jobs. Why, in an age of rising unemployment, should health insurance plans be tied to employment, when health care insurance would no longer be a benefit of employment? Ideas tied to a past America, in an age when ideals seemed to have been lost. Have you read the piece by John Woo in the Wall Street Journal, where he claims the report from the inspector general ignores history and plays politics with the law? After the new report from the inspectors general of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, criticized the Office of Legal Counsel memos drafted by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, the memoranda which were used to justify warrantless surveillance of American citizens. The memoranda which “raise[d] serious concerns” at Department of Justice because they omitted analysis of key cases and legal provisions and were not subject to the ordinary “rigorous peer review process.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124770304290648701.html

Obama who said in the debates last fall that health insurance was a basic right. Like free speech. A basic human right? Like the practice of religion? Or of a free press, in these times? Woe to leaders who infringe on real basic human rights. Basic human rights were dependent on budgets?

Counting the cost. Amidst those who are in flight. Amidst the struggle of good with evil. Counting the cost. The financial ones. The moral cost, in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it. The struggle of love, amidst people trying to preserve their ethnic heritage as they ascend into the ranks of the elite.

I always had wondered about the candidates position about rationing, during the last election. I just hoped the discussion would involve gasoline, not health care.

The clash. Of Democrats with Republicans. Of the rich with the poor. Of life with death. And the consequential pain. When dreams came to an end.

The survival of the fittest. When we were all created equal. And how to eat the lamb in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.


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