By T.M. Schoewe
We all have heard of one-liners since were children, like “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “a stitch in time saves nine” by America’s Ben Franklin. Then there was Mark Twain. “A person who won’t read has no advantage over those who don’t” and “age is an issue of mind over matter, so if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” One guy that kept us laughing during the great depression of the 1930’s was good ol’ Will Rogers. “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Democrats never agree on anything, if they did, they’d be Republicans. Remember Yogi Berra’s “when you come to fork in the road, take it!” And we are at a fork in the road!
Even going back to the beginnings of this world we find all kinds of one-liners in the first book of Moses. And there is Jesus with His “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” You can find one-liners from Aristotle like “love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies,” and from Socrates like “be as you wish to seem.” Winston Churchill credited his longevity just to “conserving energy,” very much in line with using one-liners.
Americans sung Dwight D. Eisenhower into the presidency with “I love Ike,” who replaced Harry S. Truman who went by “the buck stops here!” And you all know our present president Obama bounced into office with “yes we can!” However, after a couple of years this one-liner seems to have been forgotten! The “can” seems to have been lost! What happened? Perhaps is has been replaced by the deficit “can” that Congress and the President keep kicking down the road. “Yes we can!” is now “kick the can!” The one-liners politicians can successfully use to accomplish things have turned into paragraphs, long paragraphs which are not easily understood and that seem to address everything except what we must do.
So what “can” Americans do? We can pray! In our old hymn book the liturgy has prayers for the President and Congress and all those in authority! Pray for righteousness in government and punishment of the evil that is running through our communities! Pray for presidential sight and hearing! And here are our one-liners to follow: “Quit kicking the can.” “Stop spending.” “Wipe out the deficit.” “Balance the budget.”
It will be tough””hard times!” But we are American” and there are enough of us yet to do it! America is still the hope of many people throughout the world. It will be tough but we can do it. “Yes we can!” But we need to remember that it must start at the top, that is, with the President and the Congress cutting their salaries and pensions. So to them we say, “Mr. President, Congress, if you can, we the people can!” Sine cera