Five Queries on a Fine September Day
Autumn is in the air. Just a touch in some places. Still enough to know change is ahead. So, change. I awoke this morning with five questions about change on my mind. As the leaves turn color and the fresh garden tomatoes dwindle, it seems right to wonder about the future. These are my provincial, idiosyncratic musings in mid-September. Call these my “dancing with irony” questions. Both autumn and anomaly are in the air. So, here goes:
1. Will it jinx the Chicago Cub’s chances for a world series victory, after waiting over a century, by talking about their great year with marvelous pitching and fine young players? Woops, I may have just done it!
2. Should Simone Biles, the astonishing 19-year-old gymnast, be given an additional gold medal (or two or three more, and a lot more press coverage) for just being an extraordinary athlete and remarkable human being in a world where Ryan Lochte captures more headlines?
3. Why are so many of the folks eager to protect the United Methodist Church from changing the Book of Discipline, the very same ones who take any mention of being United Methodists out of their congregation’s names and off their websites and church signage?
4. Are the people who believe President Obama is a secret Muslim the same folks who believe Donald Trump is a practicing Christian?
5. How is it that a recent CNN/ORC poll found 50% of respondents asserting that Donald Trump was “more honest and trustworthy” and only 35% thought Hillary Clinton was “more honest and trustworthy,” when careful analysis by PolitiFacts says that 53% of Trumps statements should be rated “false” or “pants on fire” and only 13% of Secretary Clinton’s statements should have this rating?
Might misogyny have something to do with it? Forgive me, sorry, I promised only five questions.
Surely things will improve tomorrow!