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Political haze makes truth hard to see

Out On A Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Another day, and the mountains are wrapped in grey haze. The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee have nothing on us.

The haze is supposed to be due to all the wildfires burning in the West and Northwest. I don’t remember a summer of continual haze like this in the previous 50-plus years.

Maybe, in reality, it is a political phenomenon. Every time I listen to the news, a sort of haze surrounds my brain. I have never heard so many contradictory declarations in a political campaign.

And I see people across the country reacting only with glazed eyes and numb brains. A great deal of it is due to the blue haze that dims the horizon.

I have watched on TV the Occupy Wall Street movement, the union demonstrations and some political rallies where people exhibit that glazed look and irrational behavior.

You may look at the future through the haze of political rhetoric. But it really helps to go back to the days when the sky was clear and look again.

Did President Reagan’s plan work? Is President Obama’s plan working? If Mr. Obama inherited a bad situation in 2008, think what the next president will inherit.

If things are tough now, think what spring will bring. The head of a contracting company told me they were down to 350 employees from the regular 1,000. A neighbor who works for a local business just got laid off, along with five others. How many for sale signs do you see on businesses as well as houses?

Tell me again what the national debt is, and how we are going to pay it off.

If you have a savings account that pays 2 or 3 percent, you are actually losing money because the rate of inflation is greater. Why did gold jump from under $300 an ounce a few years ago to now around six times that amount?

Is your house worth less on the market than what you owe on your mortgage? It’s called being “underwater.” By the way, the Bible says, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” (Psalms 22:7)

Are we becoming slaves to China as a nation?

And while we are considering the smoke screen, scripture also says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)

Let’s justify millions of deaths of preborn humans by calling it “the right to choose.”

Then when it comes to international relations, we have the smoke screen of deception getting thicker. Are the Israelis really occupiers and Palestinians being persecuted? Are the terrorists really justified in killing our ambassador and military because we insulted their god? I don’t remember Christians ever rioting because someone used Jesus as a swear word.

I admit that the haze is thick. The smokescreen is virtually impenetrable.

You can stare into the haze with a glazed look and chant, “Isn’t it beautiful,” or you can pray for rain that will suppress the wildfires and clear the air.

The stakes are really high.

“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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