IMG_1008Do you ever wonder if what you’re wearing now, be it clothes or your personal coiffure or that bearded look you new age gents sport, will one day be scoffed at? Of course not. Everybody’s doing it, now.

At one time everybody wore a mullet or had the “big hair” or a mustache and at the time, the possibility that one day it would be mocked was the farthest thing from our minds. It was cool. Guess what? We do laugh at the mullet now. “Business in the front. Party in the back.” Chuckle.

What was once “cool” is no longer cool anymore. Yesterday’s mullet is likely today’s beard. Guys it’s all been done before. Sideburns were cool once upon a time too.

If there’s one consistent, guys loved the mini skirt in the sixties and despite its comings and goings they still love it today.

The Primary Election is coming to my state, Illinois next week and we are being bombarded with ads from the candidates.

In case you are lucky enough and haven’t experienced these ads, they almost ALL can be boiled down to these two simple buzz words that the political pundits have decided are “winners.”

First, these candidates will “take on” anything. They’ll “take on” anything from the NRA to the NBA to the BK Big Fish Sandwich if it will get your vote.

AND they’ll “fight” for your rights, at least until they get elected. Then, they’ll ”fight” with each other and “take on” nothing in your interest but their cushy job with a government pension, which by the way is OK for them but not for their constituency.

Now I know why it’s called “Super Tuesday.” Because it will be “Super” when the election is over and I don’t have to hear their negative, mudslinging, shallow unoriginal ads anymore.

But here’s a campaign speech that inspires me:

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

This is an excerpt from a speech from Robert Kennedy delivered on April 4 in 1968, nearly 48 years ago in Indianapolis on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Here’s the speech in case you never heard it before:

Sadly, while the styles have changed and our hair and our looks and our fashion has changed over the years, our attitudes seem to have not changed in likewise fashion. What RFK spoke about in 1968 STILL exists today in 2016.

Still exists.

With tears in my eyes, I cannot find the right words to understand or explain why this division, this polarization is still going on. “Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong … it’s time we STOP, hey what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down.”

FOOTNOTE: Sometimes it’s no fun to have to explain it, but sometimes if you don’t explain it, nobody gets it. The staircase photo cover represents, “Look what’s going down.”

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