We talk of the roll-out "disaster" of Obamacare, but now see a real disaster of staggering scale: the typhoon and aftermath in the Philippines.
We survived the "tragedy" of our shut-down, a game of pointless political parlor tricks, when the truly tragic events around the world remind us that governing shouldn't be a game.
We watch the wrangling on Capitol Hill -- who "devastates," "demolishes," "slams" whom. These "life or death" debates pale beside life-or-death struggles of refugees & recovery.
And as we wait for the climate to change in the debate over climate change, the climate has just changed the lives of those in the Philippines forever.
We may use ferocious rhetoric in our politics, but the typhoon should remind us that reality is far fiercer than all our metaphors…and deserves action stronger that rhetoric.
May governments and people of the world pull together for the people of the Philippines, and may we get serious about strengthening a solid, sustainable, safe society for us all.
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