Fast Focus: The times: Obama v. Romney

September 16, 2012 

I know both candidates may be right about historic decision times. It's like Dickens said: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." If the times are ever such, one sense is to just ride the times out; they will eventually get better on their own. A view: Now we have a responsible, progressive and happy president, let's just ride the times through. Things will get better and we can enjoy the companionship of our fellows going through these times together. It's a time for slowing us down again. It's a time of togetherness.

On the other hand and view, if the times are really in God's hands and if we can actually be the instruments of world change, perhaps the times may incline us to do responsible private business enterprise intervention. In that choice, the groups of Americans making up private enterprises would then be called upon to provide safety nets for others (with government only supplementing the safety net). I don't know.

Thus candidates may be right: like us in a Dickens' era, living in the best and the worst. Either way voters have a default situation, "the times;" are they intervene-able or are they to be ridden through?

-- RON WEED, Kennewick

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