When the Commander in Chief assumes no responsibility and incites riot and rebellion, the Commander in Chief has to be relieved of duty. This is fundamental "how to do it" procedure. The problem is that those who would initiate the procedure themselves need to be relieved of duty, because they are incapable of doing their job. This is where the country is between now and January 20. That is an interminable amount of time for bases to be not covered and things to be not done that cry out to be done-- for aimless wrong to run the nation, untethered, unrestrained.
My childhood was spent amid people who were careful to be who they were supposed to be, doing what they should be doing, thinking what they should be thinking, believing what they should be believing, saying what they should be saying, being a walking, talking, contradiction to who they were. Authenticity, creativity and originality were nowhere to be found. Genuine human beings lived somewhere else. Each day's conversations were repeats of the day before. My grandfather prayed the same prayer before every meal. Our Heavenly Father was watching every move we made, making notes, keeping score. There was nothing new under the sun. And no one was enjoying anything they did. I have lived my life redeeming the sins of my ancestors. I rise every day thinking, "What will I go to hell for today?" Looking forward to finding out. If you don't have something in your life that you are willing to go to hell for, why not? We have today-- at least we have this present moment today. What is worth living for here and now? Regardless of whom is taking notes, keeping score? My ancestors had nothing worth living for. They were all living to stay out of hell. They should have been living to go to hell, and to make the sentence worth their time. As it was, they might as well have been in hell all their life long, for all the good living was doing them, or anyone else.
Taking care of ourselves, taking care of the moment, taking care of one another... That's about it, isn't it? The entire scope of our lives comes down to these three things and how well we do it, and how right we are about what taking care of these three things asks of us. Taking care of people, for instance, without making invalids of them. Taking care of the moment leaves a number of things ignored and neglected in every moment. Taking care of ourselves means growing up and getting over it more often than not. The common thread running through all of the three areas of our personal responsibility is listening and looking, seeing and hearing, knowing what's what and what is going on. Tuning in and turning on to the here and now, moment-by-moment-by-moment means being present as a full participant in what is happening and what needs to be done in response. It means being awake, aware, alert and alive to who we are and what we are about in all times and places. It means knowing what makes that difficult, or rules it out altogether. What keeps us from being here, now? Hold it in your awareness, and attend what needs to be attended. In each situation as it arises. No one can do more than that.