Most days, just like America, I am simply trying to keep my shit together.
Overwhelmed and feeling uninformed with the waves of "news" beaming into my eyes from feeds by journalists, bloggers and everyone else on WiFi that thinks they have something to say, I can only make sense of current events by reducing everything to the world within my domain.
Or as I call it, My Little America.
Saint John Paul II, once said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” I'm not so sure this principal isn't reversible. You couldn't keep a straight face and say the actions of the U.S. government have not dramatically affected families.
At the risk of oversimplifying, let's say 300-million-plus Americans are your family and you are the head of household. Do your best to shrink the nation's problems down to scale so they all fit nicely into your home.
How would you take on the pressing issues of the day?
Would you spend more than you earn, month in and month out? Many of us do and pay the price for it. What would happen if we all learned how to live within our means?
Would you borrow excessively without any plans or means to pay off your debts? The truth is, most of us couldn't do this even if we wanted to. And if we did, we would be dealing with less-than-scrupulous lenders who make a practice of enslaving and exploiting their borrowers.
Would you maintain your house and expect your family members to pitch in? Whether it be sheer pride or the practicality of keeping up a house to protect your investment?
Would you insist your kids receive a good education or would you leave it to chance?
Would you insist your kids go to college no matter what ... however you have to pay for it? And would you expect your kids to thrive or your local, state and national government to function if most of our kids skipped college because they can't afford it? This to me is a national security matter of the highest importance.
If a family member injured themselves, would you expect them to receive proper medical treatment? Of course you would. Thank God you're one of the lucky ones who hasn't had to bankrupt your family because a family member wasn't insured.
Would you prevent immigrants from moving into your neighborhood?
"Who would do that?", you say.
Would you frequently host get-togethers for all the bigots you know?
Would you reject people of a certain faith from renting your property?
Would you embarrass your family repeatedly by using offensive, sexist, and racist language?
You can begin to see how ridiculous all of this sounds when it's reduced to your world. And yet, I have to remind myself that more than 60 million of fellow citizens voted for a guy that acts this type of behavior out on a daily basis as our Commander-in-Chief. I am embarrassed as an American and I would be humiliated if he were the patriarch of my family.
As I grumpily clicked the window shut on Google News and grabbed the car keys to take my kid to school this morning, I realized I had a decision to make: join a global audience of voyeurs in watching this sick, twisted, slow-motion-car-crash of a freak show led by our president, OR, run My Little America today in a way that makes my family proud.
It was the easiest decision I'll make today.