It has to be more than obvious to any casual observer that many marriages these days are in trouble. The high rates of separation and divorce lead one to conclude that many couples no longer respect and obey the enduring “until death do us part,” portion of their marriage vows, even though most contracted them in front of, and asked blessings from, God. It’s also glaringly obvious that some couples cannot distinguish between lust and love, entering into marriages that are doomed to failure when the lust runs out. And some are just plain in love with the idea of having a wedding, being caught up in the sights, sounds, trimmings, and festivities of the event, blind to the realities of the future: the duties, dignity, and sanctity of a life-long commitment ordained by God.
As our nation experiences an economic meltdown, those who brought it on are guaranteeing that it will get worse without massive government intervention. Yet they refuse to take the proper action that will solve the problem in the long run. Just the opposite, in fact.
As fate and fortune would have it, I arrived in Miami from Chile in time for one of the periodic fundraising drives for public television. Some things, it would appear, do not change. These events still feature cotton-candy personages gushing lovey-dovey messages about the glories and sanctities of public television, all the while hawking videos on the historic riches of Rome, Florence, Naples, and Venice. Such videos are without doubt among the glories and sanctities of public television.
Anyone who tuned into one of the GOP candidate debates earlier this year would have experienced seeing the establishment candidates (McCain, Romney, Giuliani, and Huckabee) jabbing at each other over patently inconsequential matters.