Summer, circa 1963
- I was just a wee lad visiting my grandparents for a
week or so, when I accompanied my grandmother to the market one day.
As she selected the ingredients for the evening meal I stood frozen in place,
mesmerized by a spinning toy rack. I had a quarter in my pocket, and
they had a slingshot for sale at only 25 cents. “Nanny, I want to buy
this slingshot. I have the money,” I declared.
“Why don’t you wait until we go to the five and dime
store tomorrow, and I’ll give you some more money to get a better toy, maybe a
model airplane,” was her sage advice. But NO. I wanted
something NOW. It wasn’t like I was even in the market for a slingshot. But there it was, catching my eye. And there I was with a
windfall of pocket change. Wait one day for a much better toy? No
way! I bought the slingshot. Regret showed its ugly face the very
next day, as I was tired of shooting pebbles and wished I had an airplane to
I don’t know how long that slingshot lasted. I don’t
have it now. But then, I probably wouldn’t still have the model airplane
either. What I do still have from that memorable day with my Nanny is
the lesson I learned; that haste is foolish, but patience is a virtue that
will produce a good result (and a better toy)!
November 2013 – Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada was
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and he was a man determined to confirm
judges and other appointments made by President Obama. The Republican
minority had enough voices to throw a kink in the plan, using the senate
filibuster rules. See, the minority party could filibuster (talk on and
on… and on) to stop a vote, and it took a 2/3rds majority to cease that and
call the vote. Reid didn’t have that 2/3rds, so he and his colleagues
changed the rule so that a simple majority was all that was needed to close
the debate and vote on the judges. This action came to be known as the
October 2020 – The Republicans are now the majority,
and Reid’s decision came back to haunt his party, as the slim majority the
Republicans now held was sufficient to use that nuclear option to confirm
President Trump’s appointment of a new Justice to the U. S. Supreme Court.
I know how Harry Reid felt. I had the quarter, and
wanted the slingshot. He had the nuclear option and wanted the
judges. Of course, I was a small boy. I’m not sure what his excuse
is. I do know what it cost him!
Photo: The Little Hunter, by by Karl Witkowski (in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)