PRESIDENT OBAMA
WALKS THE WALK
ON THE GREAT WALL
OF CHINA.

The last thing that President Barack Obama did during his first visit to China was to take a
solitary stroll on the ramparts of the Great Wall of China.   During those precious quiet
minutes alone, what thoughts could have crossed his mind?

Earlier, many hefty issues were raised with Hu Jintao, President of China and General
Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.  Trade and currency, censorship, human
rights, global warning,
military cooperation, –  these and others were broached and none
conclusively resolved.    Our President must have sensed a more muscular China, flexing
and pushing harder against a United States still struggling at home with high
unemployment and a high federal deficit.  

Could his mind’s eye wander back to that oversized portrait of Mao ZeDong still framing
Tian An Men?  If he did, he must have recalled the most famous, indeed, infamous dicta
of China’s Great Dictator – “Political Power Grows Out of the Barrel of the Gun.”  If he did,
he could have taken genuine comfort and even inspiration knowing that by his initiative
and display of humility, he has taken great steps towards disarming the dead hand of the
Chairman.  

When two mighty nuclear armed nations engage in dialogue, however chilly and
seemingly unproductive, they are unlikely to resort to armed conflict, however great the
differences.   And the dialogue must and will continue.

Did Obama think of another wall of recent memory – the Berlin Wall?   If he did, he must
have recalled the clarion challenge issued by President Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev,
tear down this wall.”    If he did, our President must have smiled to himself and said very
quietly “Mr. Hu, I shall be back.”   

And the World will be a better place for it.

An Opinion by Charleston C. K. Wang, November 23, 2009
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By Beverly Jones, February 20, 2010


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.-  Albert Camus

Invincible summer!  Could anything be more attractive right now- a respite from our cold
meteorological and political climate.  I’ve been looking for such moments and found one on the web
at the daily prayer service from Mission St. Clare.  But the reading for 2-17-10 brought timelessness
to a halt.  Amos 5:12-16:  For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your
sins, - you who afflict the righteous and take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate.  
Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.

Amos could have added to his litany these two items from my newspaper this week.  Cincinnati Bell
CEO gets $2.1M – was one headline.  It’s his bonus for helping the company eliminate 130 “cost
saving” jobs and offering a buy- out plan to 900 of its 1200 union workers. Cincinnati Enquirer,
1-13-10 And the teabaggers scream about jobs!  The other item is a bit more subtle.  Procter &
Gamble joins with Wal-Mart to produce a family-friendly movie for TV, “Secrets of the Mountain”.  
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2-12-10.  This film will include “product placement and advertising exclusively
from P&G and Wal-Mart”.  Have our children become so inured to TV ads that the “buy me”
message  needs to be imbedded in the content of a movie?  Silly question.  What’s next?  Cereal
with “ad” molecules that go directly to the brain?  

I am too much of this world.  We are tired of our huts and the smoky smell of our clothing. We are
sick with the desire for the sun.  And the grass on the mountain."  -   Paiute Late Winter Song

And now it’s Lent.  Another chance to look beyond our daily minutiae. For me, touching the eternal
through scripture and tradition melts the tensions of the immediate.  The site Busted Halo has a gift
of a Lenten calendar of quotations.  Here’s Ash Wednesday’s:

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all
science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt
in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein

It’s a comfort to me to reach across time and space to tap the wisdom of others, since isolation
seems to be a keynote of our times.  We are not given the gift (or curse) of seeing the future so the
next best thing has to be hope and anticipation which these wisdom connections provide.

In the chaos of our current political climate every day brings something to be hopeful for, no matter
the political persuasions.  So, for this week, I ‘stand in awe’  of the mysterious process that’s
brought forth hope for my progressive persuasion:  Barack’s  resurrected campaign persona and his
stepped up action on healthcare and budget controls.  

Bloggers who, though disappointed in progressive progress, seem to be more realistic about the
corporate and legislative constraints on the President and recognize the personal risks he faces in
this time of clashing negative powers.

“Lincoln and Kennedy remind us of the most prominent of these risks.  But combine the always
present possibility of presidential assassination with the fact that we have the first black president of
a country still loaded with angry, armed racists, and you have a serious concern there.” Bloggers

Chaos that breeds creativity: How about this as an alternative to “teabaggers”?  Brown Baggers!  
PDA  Lunchtime Brown Bagger vigils are happening around the country outside legislators’ offices: –
Healthcare Not War.  The concept intrigues me more than the slogan.  I could see myself with a
brown bag lunch.

Corporate callousness, the saga that is Barack Obama, teabaggers, brown baggers, the hope of our
faith and human nature all swirl around us like twigs in a tornado. And this winter of our discontent
blends into Lent and Lent leads to…

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a
bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream."  
Barbara Winkler

As I chop ice in my drive way and admire the narcissus on my window sill,  I wait like a seed for the
mysterious miracles to come next week.

© Beverly Jones 2010.  Doing Good. Together.  28 days till Spring!
P.S.:  On 1/30/2010, China suspended military exchanges with the United
States, threatened unprecedented sanctions against American defense
companies and warned Saturday that cooperation would suffer after
Washington announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan. The
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than usual as it deals with the most sensitive topic in U.S.-China relations.
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