A Necessary Silence

My apologies for being quiet of late.

Some of it, happily, has been due to a slew of closings all coming one on the heels of the next. That tends to make things hectic for a one-man, three-beagle shop but we find our way through.

Some of it, sadly, has been caused by a need to bite through my tongue lest I find myself saying something I shouldn’t really discuss here.

For instance, on Facebook the other night, I expressed frustration over receiving an opt out form in case I didn’t want my child to watch President Obama’s annual address to the students. My feeling is, like him or not, vote for him or not, he’s still the President of the United States. If he wants to tell kids to study hard and do their best, I’m good with that.

Put aside the political aspects of everything, if that’s even possible today, and look at the basics … here is an African-American man who became the elected president of a country in which, less than 50 years earlier, people of his race were all but denied the right to vote in a large swath of the Deep South.

Again, setting aside politics, is there a better spokesman for the very basic, very American concept that we can become whatever we choose to be should we put our mind to it and work in that direction? Isn’t that what we tell our children all the time?

In any event, the firestorm on Facebook only died down a day or so ago; people are so busy arguing their red-state or blue-state position that they’re unable to see there may be a larger picture here. Neither side has the answers yet both act as if they do and will brook no dissent, no compromise, no debate.

More and more I’m retreating to my history books which are not shackled to the demands of a 24-hour news cycle, where it’s possible to step back and have perspective instead of making snap (and often ludicrous) judgments.

None of this has anything to do with real estate and yet it has everything to do with real estate as real estate is a confidence business. If people believe in the economy, of the direction of the country, they purchase. If they’re fearful, they don’t. It’s just that easy.

Our esteemed leadership has the ability to ease the concerns simply by toning down the endless rhetoric and finding the middle ground, except there’s no political capital to be generated by such a move. So many people concerned more with looking the part and shedding crocodile tears than actually attempting to find practical, passable solutions.

None of this unprecedented; read American History from the early 1850s through the early 1890s and you’ll find similar levels of vitriol for some very different and a handful of very similar reasons.

Not that you’ll see that on CNN or Fox News.

And now I’m rambling and so now I’ll stop. I’ll work on swallowing a little of this building bile and getting back to some real real estate on Friday after Rosh Hashanah.

For those so celebrating, L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu. See you on the flip side.

Photo credit: ctj71081 via Flickr Creative Commons

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.