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A House Divided

The state of our union is not what we're told

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 7, 2020

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A House Divided

"A house divided against itself cannot stand..."

Jesus said it.
Lincoln affirmed it.
We, as a nation, are experiencing it.

And I, for one, cannot stand the division in the House (or the Senate).
Contrary to what our President said,
although our economy is flourishing and our military is fantastic,
the state of our union is not great.
To life's growing list of oxymorons, add one more.
United States.

While there is no ignoring the elephant in the room
(the Elephant in Chief),
there are attempts to ignore the appropriate behavior
that is becoming to lawmakers in our land.
On both sides of the aisle
(and in the Oval Office),
those elected in good faith
are making bad choices.

Their words and actions
rip to shreds the trust we placed in them.
Like circus animals, these donkeys and pachyderms
are making asses of themselves.
These beasts of burden are proving
to be a burden to our democracy.

While some rush to judgment
in an attempt to simplify the problem,
their efforts complicate and confuse.

Mr. President,
while your offenses may not be impeachable,
they definitely are offensive.
Your taunts and your tweets are embarrassing.

Mrs. Pelosi,
while I can appreciate your loyalty to your party
and your disrespect for your political enemy,
I do not appreciate or respect your discourteous lack of decorum.

Mr. Lincoln,
from your limestone throne
overlooking a House in disrepair,
I pray you are able to look beyond
the current chaos that divides us
and see a future where warring factions
will be trumped by civility, cooperation and kindness.

God,
bless America!
Not because we deserve it
but because we are incapable
of being a blessing to the rest of the world
until we get our own house in order.

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Richard Olen from Shoreview MN writes:
February 14, 2020
Dear Greg, your poetry is right on track. I am embarrassed by most of the Congress and certainly by our President. I read that the NH exit poll said 94% of Evangelicals voted for Trump. Our nation is doomed if our Christians believe that judges appointments are more important than morality, truth and character.
Blessings, Grace and Peace,
rdo

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