Lately, it seems life in this country resembles a game we played as kids, the one where we manipulated two controls in order to balance a tilting surface and keep steel balls – which in this example I’m going to suggest is us – from falling through holes drilled in the tipping board.
Our goal, of course, was to steer the little balls through the numbered, tilted maze to the center of the board for a win, squealing when the balls rolled closer and closer to the holes or we survived the plunge and made it through to the center.
Now, as we navigate 21st Century lives and a tilted board with bigger and bigger holes we fight for control as other fingers seek control of the game board. Our board seems slanted against us, fixed against meaningful progress, and other players report attempts to roll back advances on their boards, as well – and we are left to wonder who these new players may be, and what they want.
And the short answer to that question is: they want power and control over others. And that’s why I intend to exercise what little power I have as a citizen to regain control of my board.
What’s happening in our country is neither fair nor American. And what they are doing is making me really, really angry.
Anne Marie Cullen/ Walnut Creek