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The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity
I looked forward to the Congressional Baseball game for charity and I spread the word both near and far, for family and friends to take the time to tune in, in support of a great cause.
At least it was my hope, that in more ways than one, that would be the case:
- I love America
- I love a good cause
- I love a good game of baseball
- I'm a sucker for Patriotism
- I love it when America comes together
This particular game, in this particular year, wasn't just another baseball game. It had great significance and also had the potential to be the catalyst for a much needed and greatly desired....much improved, American course.
I was not expecting a miracle, just a simple beginning; a great calming down of tensions, which have been running dangerously high for far too long.
It was awesome seeing an American hero, Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, though injured and still on crutches...throw out the first pitch!
It was therapeutic witnessing the Democrats and the Republicans huddled together and praying, in the very same spot where their colleague, Rep. Steve Scalise had been shot and critically injured the day before, by a deranged individual. An agitated individual who planned and carried out a mission to target Republicans while they practiced for the upcoming congressional game.
Scalise remained in critical condition during the playing of the game and for quite some time after.
Matt Mitka, a former Congressional staffer, also remained in critical condition.
Other injuries of other participants, weren't quite as serious.
All of their lives were certainly turned upside down and that should never be dismissed or forgotten.
Healing will not come quickly!
It was encouraging to see the 25,000+ fans in the stands, cheering for one team or the other, not representing Political Parties, but rather, representative of every day America loving, baseball loving fans, with all politics set aside!
Upwards of one million dollars was raised for different charities and causes.....to boot!
Now, the baseball game certainly didn't have the intensity, talent or surprisingly, the rivalry, of....let's say a Red Sox & Yankees game, but lucky for us, we weren't expecting that it would, although there were a couple of players that really stood out!
I enjoyed watching Cedric Richmond (D-LA), he could pitch and hit and Ryan Costello (R-PA), played a pretty mean short stop.
I'm sure that many of them have baseball backgrounds.
America's Game bringing folks together, for a great Cause.
The year 2017, would the Democrats year to shine, they won 11-2.
Not a solution, but a great beginning!
I know that a ball game isn't a solution and I am not practicing the Pollyanna principle here.
We have a lot of work to do!
The school system is turning out kids that do not understand why the United States of America has a Constitution.
Many do not understand the significance of our flag or what it represents!
By College, many have been brainwashed into believing that any Rights they enjoy in America, are brought to them courtesy of the Federal Government......
We've got to get through to our kids and I'll stop at that, for now.
I've already given my three year old granddaughter a pocket Constitution, it is just a keepsake for now. I've written some thoughts within the cover and when she's older, I hope that she'll study it, research it and be prepared to defend it, against the naysayers that she'll inevitably cross paths with.
She is currently learning the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.
We were reciting the Pledge the other day and she looked and me and said, "But who is Justice?"
Oh Be Still my Heart!
Update: The return of Steve Scalise
It has been so good to see Steve Scalise return back to his Congressional duties.
I did not realize how close he came to death, he apparently did not either, until a few days had passed.
I pray for his health to continually improve and for him to always be someone who makes a difference, in a positive way!
God obviously has plans for him that weren't yet fulfilled.
God please watch over all who serve, in whatever capacity and please God continue to watch over our beloved United States of America!
© 2017 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 14, 2018:
When I wrote this article, Representative Steve Scalise was in critical condition, after being shot during baseball practice, by a very angry man.
Now...one year later, Steve Scalise is practicing once again and he will be taking his position back at second base for the Congressional Baseball game tonight!
God is Good!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2017:
My fear is what has just happened in London, could so easily happen here, a man angry and frustrated with all of the targeting that has taken place in his city, did his own targeting.
This man worked himself up into a such a state that he lost it and went over the edge.
What is done, cannot be undone.
I am in prayer for a great calming in a World in Great Crisis.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 17, 2017:
Thank you Tim.
I like the positive flow that we have going here. It's a beginning!
Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on June 17, 2017:
I liked and appreciated the flow leading to the Pledge of Allegiance. Well done!
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 17, 2017:
Thank you Christopher.
Yes, so true, we must move forward united if we are to stand a chance.
I so desperately want my grandchildren to experience the best that America has to offer and to not only understand that they were born into the greatest Country that God gave man, I want them to cherish it.
Christopher J Wood from Florida, USA on June 17, 2017:
A very good read. It seems like ages since we have been able to witness something positive from the political world.
I am a bit saddened by the fact it took such a drastic incident to make us realize how out of control things have gotten. I do hope we can now move forward as a Nation and begin working together on finding solutions to the many issues we face.
There is still so much work to be done, but if we remember that we are all one united people, we can accomplish so much.
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 16, 2017:
Thank you Eric.
I love that kids and adults still routinely come together for the Pledge of Allegiance somewhere in America!
We do have much mending to do.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 16, 2017:
Bravo to you! A wonderful piece. I always tell people about my son's wonderful school where some 500 of us join in the pledge of allegiance every morning after the bell. Kids come together adults find differences.
It is time to mend. As a wonderful teacher once taught, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We need to collect our stones and build a hearth where we share our love of each other, our country and ourselves.
In my small family we are just too busy counting our blessings to even consider that they are all messed up. I have the opportunity to ask that my country do for me, and the right to ask what I can do for my country.