Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How much can we take

What’s it going to take folks? At what point do we finally realize that we’re nearing the bottom of the abyss we’ve been sinking into. Sure there are pockets of resistance popping up. Sure the phone lines and emails for the folks in congress are clogging up more often. The awakenings of more and more people out of the national coma we’ve all been in is a wonderful sign. BUT, there are still far too many left to rouse before the damage is irreversible.

I’m sure most of you know of the boiling frog analogy. If you drop a frog into boiling water, it will jump back out. If you place that same frog in a pot of cool water and slowly bring the temperature under it, the frog will sit there and slowly cook to death. Back in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt took a sidestep away from the Constitution by taking State and privet land to start the National Park System. We all like trees and parks! Sure save them from greedy people that would only exploit and destroy them for their own selfish schemes. The Constitution says a little something about that, check it out, it’s a good read. Teddy bought the stove.

A few years later, a dark cloud hovered over the world. WWI had Europe turned upside down. Woodrow Wilson took a hold of the reins of America and turned it a new direction. Wilson saw the opportunity to really get his “Progressive” movement rolling. It’s a movement that is based on the belief that the Government can take care of our problems better then we can ourselves. Poor us, we can’t possibly understand our lives and situation as well as someone we’ve never met. There was much discord over the changes coming and the war. To help us out, Wilson started the Committee on Public Information. Our first organized propaganda unit, ain’t we proud we beat Hitler to it. The Palmer Raids netted a total of 50,000 arrests in 1918 alone for not believing what the Government was selling them. Around 175,000 total by the end of his term. A few that really cheesed Wilson off languished in jail until the next administration came in. Wilson grabbed a hold of the frog.

The next great seer to occupy the office was none other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A man obviously more important that even our First Father, George Washington. Old Frank decided that it was right to run over and over again. Find Washington’s reply when he was BEGGED to stay on the job. With the Country in the throws of the Great Depression, Frank, rather than looking into ancient history (a whole decade earlier) to find answers decided to start the largest expansion of Government since the founding to fix things. All done out of love of Country, the Country he’d like to rule over and live in. With a whole alphabet to choose from, why stop short of your goals. His new government now included the WPA, NRA (not the one you think), AAA (same deal), FDIC, TVA, SEC, NRLB and the now infamous Social Security. As with Wilson, anyone who got in his way was labeled a Nazi lover or a good friend of Adolph’s to quiet them. Just think of what old Rham would think of this two-fer, WWII and a depression at the same time. Talk about not letting a good crisis go to waste. Frank put the frog in the pot and lit the fire.

During the following decades, each and every President chucked another log on the fire. Either by his own hand or by allowing Congress to do it. Every man to hold the highest office in the land has had an agenda or pet project he wanted to complete to make his legacy stand throughout time. At some point during their tenure, each sold out a bit of their morals or values to make their own deal with the devil (or Congress, their pretty much interchangeable). Prove me wrong! Many will argue about Ike and the poster child of the modern Republican party, Ronald Reagan. They did it to a lesser degree, but it was still done in the name of getting something more important. Fires getting hot!

Over the last nine years, the lines between the parties have been almost completely erased. We’ve had two wars going that could easily be argued against (not in my opinion, but I can see the arguments). These brought us the Patriot Act, a bill to important to even wait for the ink to dry. Meanwhile, Al Gore managed to win a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. Ever think you’d see those two awards given to the same person for the same reason, Junk Science! Every member of congress must be a true believer or really afraid of Al. Each and every one of them has tried to put some kind of climate attachment on a bill since then. Whether it was related to the bill at hand or not.

These same Congressmen (hate being PC), who ranted, raved and pointed every finger possible at Bush for oil prices must have had a change of heart. Due to the Stimulus (another bill to important to read) and the Cap and Trade (ditto), the latest bill to save the world despite it’s self, oil prices will go through the roof. The future price of fuel will be far higher that anything seen under Bush. I guess under Bush it was greed, now it’s out of love for Al and Mother Earth. Water’s pretty much boiling now.

Next on the agenda is Health Care. Once again the Government knows us better then we know ourselves. They feel they can know when it’s best to see our doctors better then we can. Fines will be levied if you don’t play along by the way. I know, we have to take care of the poor. Just because hospitals can’t turn them away and programs are not being used, we need more. Stimulus money is going to advertising in some states that have programs that are not “attracting” enough users to justify their own existence. Lets just get this thing shoved through before it’s to late. You know what’s next don’t you folks, amnesty! Oh boy, a whole big bunch of new folks to help! Going to need a pot holder to get this puppy off the stove now.

For those that may have missed my little (very little) running gag, we’re the frog and it’s getting pretty hot. But wait, there’s more to come! With the sub prime bubble burst and all the baggage it brought down with it the fuel for the “don’t let a good crisis go to waste” fire is stacked beyond reach. They say those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Guess what Barney Frank wants to do. He wants to try all over again with the sub primes, BRILLIANT! The only folks these days with job security are the folks that make the paper and ink our money is made out of. We’re printing money faster than anyone can count. Can you say Weimar? Think the printers want paid with what they are printing since they can watch the value go down as quick as they print? If I may I want to ask again the opening question, what’s it going to take to wake people up? How’s the frog holding up folks?

These words still hold up today, perhaps not quite the same urgency as then, but they still hold a lot of meaning.

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

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