When we enter a courtroom, we call the judge "Your Honor".
When we enter a state legislature, we refer to the legislators as "The Honorable so and so".
When we enter Congress, we refer to the members as " the Gentleman or Lady from wherever"
Most judges are honorable, and I say most because not all are.
Most state legislators are honorable, but again I say "most".
When it comes to Congress, all bets are off.
I say this because I know what it means to be honorable!
I have lived my life in an honorable way because that's what I was taught. "Your word is your bond" I was told many times.
I never forgot that, to live by that creed!
So I say to anyone who cares, anyone considering a public office, how much do you value being honorable and doing the right thing versus the gratification you may get by selling your soul a tiny piece at a time?
Our present Congress consists of people with very little left of their souls. Their bank accounts are full, but their honor tank is empty! I could not live that way. Nor do I think many of you who read my writings could. I sleep well, except when I write. Then I may stay up all night, because it's quiet and I can think.
I tell you this because when I started this journey, I had high expectations and I was angry about the way this country was headed, and 17 kids had just been slaughtered in a school.
Well, I'm still angry but in a different way. I'm angry because we, as a people, in this beautiful country of ours, have failed to elect honorable people to represent us, to look out for the good of the country, not just the Elite and Uber-rich.
Whether it be because we didn't bother to vote or voted for the wrong person because we didn't do our homework, we failed! We care not about others until it is pushed right in our faces, the inequality! We have to stop failing, or there will be nothing left to worry about. Do your research!
I care about others because I have lived my life in their shoes, I have walked that mile in another's moccasins! I have been poor. I have been broken at times.
But I always got back up, dusted myself off, and figured out what to do next!
And that is what I want to spend at least the next few years trying to do, figuring out how to make this a better place for the next generations to come. We are certainly not on the right path at this time, it's time to go back to basics!
Dennis M O'Connor