This is the season when the temperature drops to a chilly level and an unseen icy veneer settles in the air. Short-sleeves and shorts are replaced by turtlenecks, leggings, and denim skirts. Mittens and scarves come out of their summer hibernation in the closet. Big burly coats must me slung on before heading out of doors. I am an official summer baby who loves warm weather, and cold temperatures make me feel like curling up in a ball and hiding from the world. Perhaps this is compounded by the fact that my hands get red and chapped and my ears start to burn up when it's too chilly. Also, my allergies kick in mercilessly during this season. My eyes water, my throat gets scratchy, and my nose gets clogged. However, I will admit that I fancy myself in fall clothing and enjoy wearing longer skirts and higher collars. Also, I enjoy the comfort foods like chicken noodle soups, grilled cheese sandwiches, and raspberry zinger tea that we eat when we want to warm up. It's wonderful to munch and sip whilst viewing a nice long BBC drama or something of the like.
Some people would say that football is the supreme happening in the fall, and fans of The Ravens (a team hailing from
The idea of priorities also brings to mind the constant swirl of politics that is inundating the news in this presidential election year of 2012. I listened to the Republican and Democratic Conventions on the radio and am shocked the intense nature of this race. A line has been drawn in the sand between two totally different mindsets. The Republicans are leaning more towards Traditional Conservatism, while the Democrats have flown into the arms of Progressive Liberalism. The economy has sunk under the presidential term of Barack Obama, even though he promised to rescue it during his "stump speeches" in 2008. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of the Republican ticket say that cutting programs and balancing a budget will be the only way to save the nation from going the way of
The issue of government assistance programs is also on the agenda. I know from experience that there are those who truly are in need of monetary assistance from the government, who worked hard and paid their taxes all their lives, but who endured hear-breaking set-backs, illness, and loss of income. They are law-abiding citizens of this nation, and should not be looked down on for the small benefits they receive when other options are closed to them. However, I also agree the perspective that realizes the need to cut spending in reasonable ways or else sink beneath the waves of economic degeneration. I also realize that are those who abuse the governmental assistance programs, who are able-bodied and capable of working, but instead refuse to pull their weight, cultivating a generation of entitlement and "lost" sense of purpose. Furthermore, I utterly reject the Communistic concepts of "redistribution", taking money from those who worked their way to the top to even off the score. This is a free nation, and we should never limit put on individual success by an all-consuming government. "You didn't build that", said Mr. Obama of private businesses. Oh? And the government did? That's scary.
National security and international relations were brought to the fore in a number of ways. First, the Democratic Convention cut references to "God" and "
To be continued……
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