Is America Ready?

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Americans are asked over and over, “Is America ready…” for the first black President, the first woman President, the first Catholic President, the first Mormon President. the first Socialist President?

The list goes on and on.

What seems not asked this election cycle is whether America is ready for its first Jewish President?

Also not being asked is America ready for someone who gives an answer to the God and faith question that is more like that of an agnostic?

With both questions it is the same person, who happens to be giving the Democratic front runner a race for the finish line.

That candidate is Bernie Sanders, who happens to also be an avowed Democratic Socialist.

When asked by The Washington Post about God and faith, Sanders responded, “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”

Sanders, like so many of us today, does not participate or belong to a particular organized religious body. He was born and raised Jewish, but is not practicing.

When appearing with Jimmy Kimmel, Sanders responded this way when asked the God question, “I am what I am. And what I believe in, and what my spirituality is about, is that we’re all in this together.”

A very passionate man is rallying thousands of young people, who are also more ambiguous about God and faith. If he can do as Barack Obama did and turn the enthusiasm into actual voters, he very well could be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Sanders would, if elected, fill out the answer to three of those questions – first Jewish, first Socialist and possibly first agnostic President.

From the Cornfield, the questions remain.

Is America ready for the first Jewish President?

Is America ready for a non-traditional, perhaps agnostic, President?

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-finally-answers-the-god-question/2016/01/26/83429390-bfb0-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html

For This I Am Grateful

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

Life – filled with its ups and downs, the level plains which lie between;

The rain without which there would be no flowers;

The valleys where strength and supplies are found to climb to the mountain tops;

Health – though fraught with issues and concerns with which I must daily battle;

Healthcare – which has resulted in finding the root cause of many of my more serious physical ailments along with a cure for the fatal infection that threatens to kill me;

Eye Care – which provides the expertise to restore my vision rather than allowing me to go blind;

Family – who bring joys and tears, but with whom I could not live without;

Sons – those offspring who carry on and outshine the man who was their sire;

Granddaughters – who are beautiful, bubbly, putting a smile on my face even in the darkest moments with a look;

Daughters-in-Law – who put up with the “Old Man” and don’t fuss too much when their husbands stay in touch;

Mom – who may not always agree with the choices, decisions I make, but is always there to support me as her son;

Dad – who often is on opposite sides from where I stand, but is still there when least expected;

Siblings – who bring the tussle and tumble at times and the closeness and connectivity that none else can know;

Ex-Wives – without whom I would never have known the joy and love of my two sons;

Chooey – who provides companionship, alerts me and loves his “Daddy” uncoditionally;

My Soon-to-Be Ex-Partner Iohn – who put up with me through good, bad, sickness and health for over a decade;

Real Life Acquaintances – who have shown up at my door when unexpected, but at the right moment;

Online Friends – some who have been angels in some of my direst moments over the past few years when I felt I could not carry on;

Our Nation – though battered and torn at times, though enmeshed in family feuds at times, yet still the most free and greatest light of liberty in the world today;

God – for sustaining me thus far and deciding it was not time for me to cross the divide and go home last year.

From the Cornfield, I send out my wish to one and all for a day of reflection, a time with family and friends, a day of peace, love and joy this Thanksgiving Day before the madness of shopping fever takes over, forgetting the reason for the season.

May you find no matter your situation, station in life, health or wealth, there is always something for which to be grateful.