For just a few minutes, let's pretend that Congress would set about to do the people's work. That's supposedly why they were elected. Then health care would not be a political issue but a people issue; women's rights would not be a political issue but a people issue, immigration would not be a political issue but a people issue, the rights of people of all sexual orientation would not be a political issue but a people issue. [BTW: my conservative brother and I rarely talk politics for obvious reasons. But one day I mentioned something about women's rights. He exploded, "There is NO SUCH THING as women's rights, all of us have the same rights and should be treated equally!" I calmly pointed out that when men have babies in equal numbers as women then I would agree with him.]
And now, for a few minutes, let's simply enjoy the world around us and watch the birds.
American Goldfinch, one of our most common birds.
An Eastern Towhee visits at dusk.
A hawk considers our birdfeeders the best source of fast food.
Warblers of all types are in our woods.
Tufted Titmouse builds in our gourd.
And the mountains, oh, the mountains in spring.
Unfortunately we can pretend only for a minute. Our country is polarized and EVERYTHING becomes a political issue. The SCOTUS has given its stamp of approval for the very wealthy to control the rest of us. (Remember the history of the copper barons in Montana?)
Mother Nature herself is hitting our country hard. The wildfires in the west are devastating and make us very afraid. The rains in Florida have disrupted the lives of many. And oppressive heat is covering the country.
From an old nursery rhyme:
"Oh, Lord help us and save us," cried Mrs. O'Davis.