My friend looked wild-eyed and ghastly. "Take a deep breath, calm down and spill," I told him. And he did.
"You see, I was in this taxi and we were driving up this really steep hill and then suddenly the car began rolling backwards and I looked over at the driver and he was ASLEEP!" So. What did you do? "I grabbed the wheel and jammed my foot on the brake petal but the brakes didn't work!"
I've had those kinds of dreams before. They are terrifying. But what do they mean? Was something in my friend's life spinning out of control? "Now if it was ME having that dream," I told him, "I would know exactly what it meant. This is the perfect analogy for what is going on in Washington DC these days." My friend shrugged. I had just hijacked his dream. Humph.
"Then who would the passenger person represent?" he asked.
"That's easy. That passenger would represent all us poor smucks who trust government leaders to get us safely to our destination -- and of course the ones who are paying the fare."
When my friend flagged him down, his dream-cabbie appeared to be a competent driver. He was not. He was a fraud who hadn't even passed his road test! And like that fraudulent cabbie, we Americans have been stuck with the wrong men and women to drive our vehicle of state.
These people became our leaders, according to Rob Kall, solely because of their ability to pay for the most TV advertisements -- or, according to the GAO, because they were good at stealing elections. That is no criteria for selecting a driver. None. These people have NO LEADERSHIP SKILLS. And there are no excuses for us either. We should have taken a closer look at their badges.
But do excuses really matter when the car we are riding in is out of control and madly rushing downward toward death and destruction?
What must we do to stop this nightmare? "What did you do in your dream?" I asked my friend.
"I pushed the stupid incompetent driver out of the way and took over myself. Then I brought the taxi under control." We need to do that too.
We need to put people in the White House, the Supreme Court and Congress who actually know HOW to stay awake and to get us to where we need to go. We need to control election spending. We need to count the votes ourselves. We need to elect people with NO ties to the weapons industry. We need to put limits on television advertising. We need to take back our airwaves. We need to start placing (legal) wiretaps on all the White House phones and start reading THEIR e-mails. We need to start enforcing our laws and our Constitution while we still have them.
We need to hire leaders who represent US!
And if our drivers fall asleep at the wheel and cannot get us to where WE want to go -- safely and on time -- then we need to drive our own car.
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