Thursday, October 15, 2009

OPINION: Another Wonderful Potluck of News and Ideas

Magdalena Potluck
By Margaret Wiltshire

Even with the flu in the works, a very respectable number of village residents and folks from Datil participated Saturday in the Socorro Electric Cooperative election of District 5 board member.
Charles Wagner will return to represent the district for the next four years.
Peace Prize
A Peace Prize of Hope that’s what they are calling this year’s peace prize awarded to President Obama. Many people, including President Obama, are saying he hasn’t done anything to earn it yet. Many of those same people don’t want to give him the chance to do it.
Actually, there is something he hasn’t done and didn’t do, to aid the cause of peace within our own borders. His “don’t look back” policy is designed to save a number of people from trials as war criminals.
Growing up in a conservative family, I was encouraged to think the United States would try ANY war criminal, anywhere – even conservative republicans should they commit crimes against humanity. In the name of finding peace within our borders, we probably won’t be doing that.
The world has hopes that with Obama we won’t be sending aid, weapons and support to people busy killing their own people. We won’t go to war for profit alone. We won’t take out governments of other countries for industries, like United Fruit.
We might get more honest with our own people. Like we don’t just fight for freedom, we’ve been just as willing to take out (covertly ... secret only from our own people) democracies.
In this last year, in the world, we have gone from being the biggest badland to once again being a land of hope. We earned our bad reputation. The facts are out there, check it out.
I was in denial about this for a very long time. When I heard all the covert dirty tricks we’d pulled all I thought of was how fast we were willing to come to the aid of those in crisis and need. The citizens of the United States are so special in that way.
Nothing creates the political left wing faster then the political right wing. Nothing makes the left wing behave like the right wing faster then being in power. Balance.
The root of this worldwide merry-go-round is in our personal self-concepts. Demanding a sense of self worth from outside ourselves. Self worth from comparison and competition. The end justifying the means. What natural or spiritual law says you can have great value, while another has little or none? Only street gang politics will tell you that.
My conservative family branded me a socialist while I was still a young republican reading all of Barry Goldwater’s books.
Why? I thought the Golden Rule, they taught me, was pretty good.
That was still the cold war and I am sure somewhere in Russia a teen “got in trouble” because she thought an individual had worth. How often in their arrogance and insecurity do the far right and the far left create their own enemies?
As this struggle continues, who benefits? We pay our Senators and Congressmen $162,000 a year, plus benefits. Lobbyists have paid out over $1.63 billion so far this year to those they wish to influence. You’re still free to look into it.
Friends of the Library
Stock up on goodies at the Friends of Animals Bake Sale booth at the Magdalena Schools Halloween Carnival in the New Gym from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
London Frontier Theatre
The London Frontier Theatre Company will present an encore performance of “The Ballad of Babe and Beau.” The performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

Don and Margaret Wiltshire live and write in Magdalena. Their opinions do not necessarily represent the Mountain Mail.

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