cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The charade called “health care reform” is drawing to a close…one way or the other.
The Journal Sentinel editorial staff finally made a call for an ‘open door’ approach in the morning newspaper; finally, after most of the damage to be done behind those closed doors has been done.
This episode in our country’s governance history has been a sorry example of whom and what we are, or, maybe more correctly, whom and what we were. The ‘corruption creep’ that we have permitted to fester and grow in our federal government, and yes, in our state government also, has now come to what I truly hope is its final act.
It is, obviously, far past time for this ‘play’ to be closed. The people are speaking; we’ll learn in a short time if the people of
We have permitted our government to be perverted. We permitted this by ignoring what we saw gradually unfolding before our eyes. We permitted this by excusing the activities of our elected officials as simply the acts of a fervent few who allowed their politics to go too far. We permitted this by looking the other way as government took from us, as it took more and more from us. We permitted this by rolling over and playing dead like the possums we had become. We permitted this by not standing up for our rights when first those rights were being threatened by our government.
We have permitted a ‘ruling class’ to emerge, and we have been so focused on ‘us’ that we either were unable to see or refused to see what it was we were doing to ourselves by that act of rolling over. We were simply delaying the inevitable point in time when we had finally tolerated all that we could tolerate. We were simply avoiding the need to finally confront the reality of what it was that we had allowed to fester and become an ugly growth on our free society.
We have permitted groups masquerading as social justice organizations or as legitimate unions to become so dominate within our societal and governmental structures as to become almost too large and too influential to be overthrown. We have permitted votes to be purchased or purloined with no fear of retribution in our courts.
It is these things that prompted the closed doors in Washington and Madison. If it were not for our averted gaze over the course of time, the political ‘ruling class’ would not have had the courage to continue to subvert our freedoms.
Will we now, finally, realize what we have permitted to be done ‘to us’ rather than what they claim they were doing ‘for us’? Will we finally have come to understand that the political ‘ruling class’ has always been about their taking and not about our getting?
If not now, when? What will it take? When will we finally respond to the threat? Will we slip into a full blown socialist state? Have we become so docile and unwilling to take back our freedoms?
If not now, when? If not this, over what will we finally react?
The so-called ‘health care reform’ process has simply been one more nail being driven into the coffin that will hold our former freedoms. If we don’t finally rise up and let the ruling class know that we won’t take it anymore, the ruling class will really become the RULING CLASS.
We will have lost that freedom that has so inspired people around the world for more than two centuries. We will have squandered that which we were blessed to receive at our birth by our place of birth.
Maybe the people of
Have I been overly dramatic, too strident, over the edge? I can only hope that will prove to have been the case.