Strawman: C'mon....Surprise Me
1 year, 3 months ago
As expected the State of the Union speech was a cut and paste version of those given by this President in years past. The Republican response, delivered by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, got rave reviews—but again, contained pretty much the same stuff politicians have been offering over the years.
This country will never get back on track until the citizens recognize that the system is beyond repair—and needs a complete overhaul. This isn’t a partisan issue—it’s a national issue.
In the past few months some of you have asked, “would you call out a Republican President if he were doing the same things you accuse Obama of doing?” And, “where were you when George Bush was President?”
The answer to number one is: absolutely. The Republicans are a joke and that’s been pointed out on numerous occasions here—which leads to question two. I did not have this forum when Bush was around—or I would have lit him up just as much as I have our current President.
Look, the sooner we get past this your team and my team mentality and make this an OUR TEAM effort the better. The country is 15.3 trillion dollars in the red and yet we continue to elect the same people year in and year out. My guy’s right and your guy’s wrong. Your guy did this 20 years ago and that makes him a moron. We’re the party of the middle class and blah-blah-blah. Do you hear yourselves?
Think of it this way: if the Government were an NFL team—and had the lousy record this group of politicians has—ALL THE COACHES would have been fired and the owner of the team would have started over. I’m talking sweeping changes here! New offense—maybe a new defensive scheme—tear it apart and start over.
We’re the owners of the team. And yet we, because we’re either un-informed--- not interested--- or are getting a government check, continue to allow the same thing to happen year in and year out. We allow fossils like John McCain and Harry Reid dictate terms and write laws that affect you and me, but doesn’t affect them. We’re giddy when we get the chance to meet these guys---roll out the red carpet and hold fund raisers for them---when we should be asking the tough questions and demanding some real answers.
But we don’t. And when we send men and women to Washington to “change things” they are quickly marginalized, labeled “extreme” and/or ignored by both parties. The message to them is:” don’t mess up a good thing.”
As I’ve said before in this column the 535 empty suits and pant suits don’t want anything to change. Not while they have you and me picking up the tab and telling them how smart they are.
So, I ask you; are you smart enough to understand the message here? Or will we see more partisan responses at the bottom of this page? C’mon….surprise me.