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How much manure is too much?

December 8, 2014

Gardeners use manure, i.e. processed and packaged fecal matter, to improve the soil so that they can harvest better crops. They know that too much of it can literally kill the crop before it can be harvested. Some weeds can tolerate too much manure for a while, but eventually even they wither and die.

Achieving the right balance is something some people work hard to learn, and it’s one politicians don’t seem capable of learning.

There is something incongruous about Barack Obama, the first black U.S. President, portraying race relations in America as though it is 1864. Equally as odd are the clips of Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady, Secretary of State and former and prospective presidential candidate who gets $300,000 a pop for a speech complaining about being broke and advocating that we should empathize with the people who are beheading our citizens and blowing up our cities.

America is one of only a handful of nations that tries to learn from its mistakes and whose goal has heretofore been to always move forward.

Contrary to the opinion of liberals, we can tell the difference between right and wrong.

When the now infamous Dr. Gruber made his comments about the stupid voter, he was ultimately describing the people who voted for Obamacare, and that certainly wasn’t on any ballot in any local or general election.

The country is starting to ask why its leaders only choose to fertilize the crops of disunity and hate.

Polls taken on the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases reflect that people can manage to think for themselves. The “stupid” public sees one as the right decision and one as the wrong one. One could reasonably assume that they think the level of provocation in one case rose to the level required for the use of deadly force, and one did not.

We don’t always get it right as a nation. If we did, we would have overcome the foibles of human nature and be living in some nonexistent utopian universe.

That doesn’t mean we’ve decided to quit trying.

We are  a nation of growers, societal gardeners if you will.  Maybe we grow corn, or kids, or businesses or communities, but ultimately we are all trying to grow the crops we think will benefit us the most.

Every so often, successful growers do a soil test to decide whether to stop applying manure.

With the 2014 elections, America is reading its soil tests, and the results indicate it’s time to hold the manure.

From → op-ed

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