Friday, September 18, 2009

This Really Ain't About Obama

What the Zombie media stubbornly refuses to understand about the Tea Party/Town Hall protest movement is it really ain't about Obama. Sure, while in their world the sun rises and sets on their chosen messiah, most of us who are "mad as hell and ain't gonna take it anymore!" have our sites focused much closer to home . . .

It's that branch of the government we hired to represent us.

Last summer during the whole "Hope and Change!" euphoria, I tried to explain to anyone who would listen, "If you really want change, forget who's running for president! Look at our Senators and Reps!"

An under-reported story from last summer was how the American people shut down the phone lines to the Capitol over something called TARP. What the politicians, candidates and Zombie media failed to realize during the whole TARP fiasco was the only thing bipartisan about it was that nobody wanted it! Left, right, in the middle . . . it didn't matter. We. Did. Not. Want. It!

McCain announced he'd suspend his campaign to rush back to D.C. to be seemingly the voice of reason in that madness. His poll numbers went up. I can't help but think it was because there was a slight glimmer of hope that finally somebody'd heard us . . .

But when he emerged from the stinking backrooms of the Senate chambers to tell us that he, too--the so-called "fiscal conservative"--had fallen under the Paulsen spell, that was it. 'Cause see, regardless if Hillary, McCain or Obama won, things were going to go on business as usual. While the Zombie media gave us daily Bush's approval ratings in the teens and 20s, little was said about how Congress could only dream of getting numbers that high. At one point, Pelosi, Reid and friends ranked a whopping 9%. 9%!

A Rasmussin poll during this time period said that 70% of people polled said names picked randomly from the phone book could do a better job. Accompanying this poll was a little factoid:
Prior to 1968, the House and Senate saw about a 50% turn-over at election time. After 1968, that turn-over rate dropped to roughly 20%.

Yes, you can say gerrymandering districts and such abominations as "McCain Feingold" went a long way toward insuring incumbents life-terms, much of it was our own damned fault. How often we said, " That Senator (or Rep) So-and-So from Such-and-Such State has got to GO!" but then looked at our own Senators and Reps and thought, "But our guy's (or gal's) pretty good!" Yeah, it was always somebody else's politicians who were the problem. When all along, everybody was thinking the same thing and voting appropriately.

Is it any wonder why we kept feeling the old cliche--the more things change, the more they stay the same?

TARP was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for me. While I'd long grumbled about my local Reps and Senators, this time I made a point of looking up exactly how each voted, determining to vote OUT of office the ones who'd supported that destructive mess. And I strongly urged everyone I came in contact with to do the same. While many like me were beginning to wake up, it was sadly too late. We'd been so caught up in the presidential race and the circus of the DNC primaries, we'd paid little attention to our local candidate offerings. So we chose to vote for the other guy (or gal) out of frustration, or fell back to following the Party lines.

But we were awake nonetheless! So the guy or the gal we voted for may not have been anything other than the lesser of two evils, but we decided we were going to start holding them to the jobs we'd hired them to do.

I don't think I'm alone in saying most of us celebrated Obama's historical election and were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. But not so our Senators and Reps. Because regardless of who occupies the Oval Office, the U.S. governmental system according to the Constitution gave us an important check on disagreeable policies--the Legislative branch.

So we wrote. We emailed. We called. We petitioned. We showed up at their offices.

And we were dismissed with an arrogant flippancy of "We won! We can do whatever we damned-well feel like!"


Our Constitution guarantees us the right to petition our government for redress of grievances. But the more our Senators and Congressional Representatives poke us in the eye and tell us to "Sit down, shut up, and sign the check!" the angrier we become.

I'm sorry, but the last time I checked, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Jeff Bingamen, Chris Dodd, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Arlen Specter, Lindsey Graham, John Murtha (and the list goes on and on) ain't African-American. Seems to me, the vast majority of those butts sitting on Capitol Hill are as white as a fish's belly. So while former Dixie-crat (and lilly white-butt) Jimmy Carter can claim it's all about race--well, then . . . maybe he's right.

If Arrogant Politician can be considered a "race".

Then maybe we can consider clueless, elitist Zombie media a "religion".

Then we'll really be bigots!

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