Saturday, March 27, 2010

This Is Where I Stand

Remember this thing?

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

In case you are unaware, this is the opening paragraph from the United States Declaration of Independence, signed by 56 men on July 4, 1776.

I’ve always enjoyed the pure audacity of this document. Here were a number of wealthy and influential men laying everything they held dear – including their lives – on the line for their convictions.

Two hundred and thirty-four years later it’s easy to view these people as two dimensional, frozen in portraits, a faded parchment one of the few artifacts reminding us that they lived at all.

Oddly enough, it was an Englishman commenting on my last post who unintentionally reminded me that grumbling from the safe obscurity of the sidelines doesn’t cut it. (Good show, Malmesbury.)

So. In order to give some kind of perspective to my critiques of the people who lead this country, here’s where I stand on those who either are in power, or think they are.

I support the President of the United States. I voted for him. (And was surprised when he won.) He’s not perfect – largely inexperienced. I know that. But I liked many of his ideas. And he’s smart. Sarah Palin once commented that if Barack Obama was elected, we’d have a college professor in office. To me, that was a selling point. I WANT someone as President who is smarter than I am. God knows I want someone in there who is smarter than Sarah Palin! I’ve been told that the effect of any President isn’t felt until 8 years after that person takes office. I’m willing to wait at least a little while before offering a judgment.

I have nothing against John McCain, but I felt nothing strongly for him, either. He had – has – a sarcastic streak I don’t appreciate. That turned me off, and thus so did he. As of late, he’s joined the “hell no” bandwagon. That’s fine. When I think of him, I will be reminded of the slogan. Good job, John.

I’m amazed at the popularity of Sarah Palin. The woman is hard pressed to put together two coherent sentences in a row. Yes, I read her book. Everything I see her do is motivated primarily to promote Sarah Palin. At some point I’d like to see her sink into the obscurity she so richly deserves.

On the day the Health Reform bill was made into law, the Republican minority leader, John Boehner, announced that he would make every effort to see that law repealed at the earliest possible opportunity. He has no better plan in mind. If he succeeds, I sincerely hope the 56 million people he will deprive of health insurance will take the opportunity to thank him personally.

And to those congressmen and senators who yell out during speeches and preach hate at every opportunity, I have zero tolerance. Zero. I don’t care how impassioned they are, this is unacceptable, immature, self-serving and rude. And in case you think I’m being too hard on them, consider this; forget for a moment that they are congressmen and senators. Would you want someone like that in the car behind you on the way home?



inflammatory writ said...

Well said!!

Nicki said...

Oh thank you thank you thank you for saying what I've been thinking...I've been far too passive about this whole thing, living in a conservative area and not wanting to irritate people. But maybeI should start to do it--to call them on their ignorance and demand where they got their information from.

And I really hope that Mrs. Palin becomes so enamoured of the Alaskan wilderness in her new reality show that she sets up a yurt and lives there forever. That would be okay.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm finishing NaNoEdMo so I just got around to checking in. First, I haven't joined either party bcz they both bother me and I don't trust them at all. Second, I like a Vice-Pres candidate who is a good speaker but considering some of Biden's moments, neither was choosen as the primary speaker. If Palin runs on the ability to balance a budget, which is a rarity for politicians and something she did in Alaska, I'll give it serious consideration.
In general, over the past 10 years, I've watched the deterioration of civil behavior in the Senate, the Congress and the media reporting it. Wouldn't it be nice if they pretended to be grown ups?

Views from Malmesbury said...

You may be interested to hear our new coalition government is consulting 'the people' on various issues. They set up interactive websites asking for ideas and suggestions. As you can imagine, some dunderheads used the sites to be abusive without being helpful, however, a whole lot more siezed the opportunity to contribute. We may be jaded and wonder if it's all a con or political manoeuvering but where is the sense in ignoring it? If we don't try, nothing will happen. As it is, some of the suggestions are coming into practice. Nice to see so many people in Britain standing up and being counted. Needless to say I contributed my threepen'th...well more like 10 quid's worth really!