“Times they are a changin…'” so get use to it.

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I don’t blog very often on matters of my personal opinion. While I have plenty of opinions, in my profession or career I have discovered that it is usually better to keep most of my opinions private. At Coxwell & Associates our sole duty is to help our clients solve problems. These problems might be serious injuries from tractor-trailer rigs, auto or boat accidents, accidents on property, or any other situation where someone sustains a serious injury. We also work in criminal defense at all levels-municipal, county, state and federal. If my opinion constantly crashes head-long into my client’s opinion during representation, then we may not develop as good a relationship and trust level as we need. My political opinions are just not important when he comes to helping a client solve a legal problem or difficulty.

I am going to say that I have been shocked by the virulent comments and opinions expressed against the re-election of President Obama. And there are the secessionists who have filed petitions wanting to leave the U.S. Are these people serious? If they really want to leave and they don’t like the form of government in the U.S., why don’t they leave and go to another country? Leave and go to another country for a few years and see if you miss the Great Ole U.S.A. There have been several times in the course of my life time when I did not vote for or even like the elected president. But I respected that he was the elected president and he had been chosen to stand as the head of the country until the next election. After all-isn’t that how we elect people is this country?

It is sad that some of the worst comments and the largest number of these succession opinions are coming from the old Confederate States. I can’t help but wonder if this doesn’t bear a relationship to some subtle form of racism. I hope not but that conclusion seems at times clear. I think all of us notice that America is changing. The homogenous population is becoming much more diverse. In fact I believe we have reached the point where America will absolutely continue to change. I suspect many people consider this a bad change in America. I see it as a change, capable of being whatever we as people chose to make it.

Nostalgia was a great topic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Noble Prize winner of literature. We all like to reminisce and talk about the “good ole days.” My grandfather laughed about the good old days when someone started reminiscing. Those were the days when a person had to grow, slaughter, churn, pick, cook and work all day for what they needed to eat. Those were the days without central air conditioning and heat. Those were the days when unnamed diseases killed people at will. According to my grandfather the good ole days weren’t as good as they were made out to be. I am also certain the “good ole days” were not that good for African Americans, Chinese, and other minorities.

We are entering a new phase in America. We have a country seriously divided over so many issues that at times it seems we cannot come to an agreement or solve any issue. I am however going to have faith in the ability of the people in America to come together and solve our problems. Believing we will solve our problems is preferable to me than sitting around watching T.V. talking-heads complain and then repeating those complaints to everyone who will listen. Maybe it won’t be done with the generation before me or my generation, but I believe it will be done by the generations behind me. I would like to be a part of the change. Change in every part of life is inevitable. Was it the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said “you cannot step into the same river twice?” Another condition that has helped us survive over the centuries has been the ability of adapt.

In the coming years of my profession and life I am going to look at change as an inevitable part of life. With this knowledge I will work within myself to adapt to changes that are taking place and teach my children how to adapt. (children problem don’t need help in this area, they just need to be reared free from hatred and prejudices). I hope my children will grow up free from the hatred and prejudices that have plagued our country and still plague our world. I hope my children will grow and be children not just of America, but young people and then adults who can and will embrace change. The ability to change and adapt may be the best trait I can leave to my children.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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