September in the City

September 27, 2011
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A walk down Beacon Street or Commonwealth Avenue at the end of September when the weather is warm and the leaves are falling is a preferred state.

To be in shortsleeves enjoying a stroll past some of the world’s finest architecture and brilliant bronze statuary when the fall is upon us is a very nice place to be in our lives during these days when stale politics and disturbing news events around the world seem to darken the future.

The malaise is not ours. It is Washington’s and our politician’s inability to transcend party to rule this nation with policies that work.

In a way, the logjam in Washington is about dogma being chosen over sound policy. It is about devolving to political posturing over doing what is right for the nation.

There seems no end to this during this, the fall of 2011.

The economy needs a fix but our leaders don’t know how to get there. Even the economists aren’t agreed on what exactly should be done.

That news is like bothersome noise, dangerous static, or debilitating nothingness. The politics of the fall of 2011 are taking down the nation.

As Ecclesiastes said: even a wise man can’t show us the way.

It is politics over common sense, party and dogma over doing the right thing. There appears to be no end to it.

The folks in Washington like to point out that this is how it can be in a democracy. That the endless and frustrating debate over party and dogma is as good a condition as jettisoning stale politics and sticking to sensible policy and finding solutions absent of politics.

Well, it isn’t the case.

We have some real time problems with the economy that need sorting out in a big way. That need transcends dogma and politics but you’d never know it listening to our leaders squandering away what remains of the national wealth.

Enjoy the privacy of your own thoughts on a stroll down Newbury Street. Look into the windows of all the shops. Dream a bit and enjoy such a precious moment in the early fall when the weather remains warm and the leaves are falling.

It is better than anything else for a mental boost when you are healthy and alive.

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