This Friday night we are changing out the 1880 Gallery at the Long View Center with a new exhibit, Visions of Freedom. The group made a collective decision not to use this as our official poster because some felt the 'made in China' was too politically charged, but I'm posting it here because I think it says a lot of what I'm feeling about our country right now.
Don't misunderstand me. I am grateful beyond measure that I live in the United States. But I'm pretty darn disgusted with what promises to be a long and acrimonious political campaign. I am disappointed in my state and my country for some poor decision-making that has taken place lately. I want to see some politicians who are honest, dependable, and not in the pockets of big money.
I want to believe that we are a nation of people who care about all nations but that we aren't bossy or dogmatic about it, that we aren't selfish and greedy and smug in our comfort, that we take care of our own - our own for god sakes - and then take care of others in the same enveloping way.
I'm tired of everything I pick up in a store being made in China and seeing empty brick buildings in every small town I pass through. I'm tired of sacrificing good men and women to useless wars. I'm tired of politicians sticking their noses where they have no business being. I'm tired of divisiveness and name-calling and finger-pointing.
We're the luckiest people in the world, in some ways, but we've forgotten our manners. It's time to start using them again.