So let me
get this straight. The Democrats are elected to a majority because
of their opposition to the war in Iraq. They vote to fund the
war. I'm not saying that the electorate is always right (for instance,
we voted for the people who got us into this - twice!). I would
expect a little backbone to at least appease a mandate.
I don't think
the sequel to 'Profiles in Courage' is being written here.
I am less
concerned with Iraq than with the little regard our elected representatives
hold for the American people. How many times have I written that
So we are
over in Iraq pursuing something that most of us just don't get.
We just have to have the resolve to offer up more and more of
our children. The saddest part on the weekly ABC 'memorials' for
me is the phrase '19' (as in years old). I have a hard time believing
that even politicians are so callous that they are this uncaring.
These sharks just live for the next election. They check the direction
of the wind and not the correctness of their actions. Why else
would Senators Clinton and Obama be among the last to vote on
the troop-funding bill? If you want to lead, why would you not
be among the first to cast your vote? A leader surely knows his/her
mind. Does their responsibility lie to their campaigns or to those
who are merely described as '19'.
I don't know
much about representative John Boehmer from Ohio, but I saw his
sound bite. Choking back the tears, Boehmer said, "I didn't come
here to be a congressman, I came here to do something. I think
at the top of our list is providing for the safety and security
of the American people."
All I can
do is take the man at his word. A tornado hits Greensburg, Kansas
and the governor can't send in the National Guard because they
and all their equipment are in Iraq. Are we providing for the
common good? I don't know what happened in Greensburg because
the TV cameras moved on. I hoped that someone picked up the slack,
but if no one is looking it does not serve any politician's purpose.
Maybe there is more to Boehmer than the lip service we get from
the 'candidates' and maybe someone is moving to help.
home, the demise of independent record stores can be traced back
to the FTC decision to penalize the record companies for attempting
to enforce a minimum advertised price. They did not attempt to
set a minimum selling price, all they wanted to do was to protect
the implied worth of their product. Now that music is the 'loss
leader' for Best Buy's of the world and perceived as a worthless
iPod accessory, we are all having a tough time. There was no political
reason to protect any of these enterprises.
am a true believer in the American way. If Iraq was not about
finding bin Laden (Afghanistan), the World Trade terrorists (Saudi
Arabia) or weapons of mass destruction (anybodys guess) it had
to be about oil. People even held protest signs that said, "No
War for Oil!" I saw the TV news reports where they stuck a fork
in Iraqi soil and oil bubbled up. If we were going to fight a
war in our best interests, fighting a war for cheap oil would
be a valid point to at least raise. So here, we are some 60 -70,000
lives in and our gas is going to US$4 a gallon. The oil companies
are making record profits, but I'm paying more for a fill up than
my first car cost. I'm looking for a reason, but I'm crossing
another one off of the list. Utah Phillips sang in Larimer Street
30 years ago, that there is just one kind of war - the one going
on between the rich and the poor. We are investing our 19 year
olds and aside from trying to convince the world of our tenacity,
we are just getting to pay US$4 a gallon for it.
Is Mr. Boehmer
working on this one too?
sharks just live for the
next election. They check the direction
of the wind and not the correctness
of their actions. Why else would
Senators Clinton and Obama
be among the last to vote
on the troop-funding bill?
If you want to lead, why would
you not be among the first
to cast your vote? A leader
surely knows his/her mind.
So at least
we can buy a cat or a dog to keep us company. It is too expensive
to go anywhere except to take Fido to the park or sit in front
of the window petting Kitty while we watch for terrorists emerging
from the Quik Mart across the street. We buy the best food for
these animals. Our pets are fed better than most third world citizens.
Then our pets start to die. Poison in the food they say. Just
another irresponsible, cost-cutting American industry giving us
another Pinto with an exploding gas tank.
it is worse.
comes from melamine in the wheat gluten. The wheat gluten comes
I sit here
everyday and watch the people get off the trains and buses. When
I was a kid, the people that got off these trains and buses were
wearing overalls and carrying lunchboxes. Now these folks carry
briefcases and wear business dress. They labor at intellectual
pursuits like trying to find cheaper wheat gluten.
I still drive
through Kansas and Missouri and Nebraska and Oklahoma and Iowa
and Illinois. Trust me that there are still fields of wheat out
there. Amber waves of grain they used to call them. I guess it
is cheaper to get it from China now. We can put up some clapboard
condos out in the heartland soon.
And, of course,
the FTC and the FDA are making sure that the wheat gluten is safe
for us. Animal food is something different and the Chinese don't
care about a few hundred thousand deaths. There are more people
where those dead ones came from, heck they killed off 1.2 million
Tibetans just because they were selling incense at the airports.
will protect us.
before I got out of bed on Saturday morning, NPR told me that
there might be lead in Vitamin C. It seems that China is close
to cornering the market on Ascorbic acid. They supply about 80
per cent of the world's supply. So it might be OK, if I just brush
my teeth instead. The anti-freeze flavoring that they put in the
toothpaste has only been detected as far as Panama.
here for more.)
did this all happen? Well, the best and brightest aren't going
to Washington anymore. They punch time clocks and do what they
are told. The people who make the decisions on hiring and firing
the U.S. attorneys who went to the best law schools hold diplomas
from Pat Robertson's Regent University diploma mill. The people
who make the decisions on the safety of our foodstuffs know that
their bosses have received contributions from China R Us (Wal-Mart).
They aren't going to make waves.
Boehmer will protect us.
was on the Wal-Mart board for six years. She won't.
just resigned from a company that supplied pickles to Wal-Mart.
No word where those pickles came from or what kind of cheap anti-freeze
flavoring was used.
Bill aren't shopping at Wal-Mart. You are.
I can't blame
you. It is cheaper.
cares about us. There is a reason for Iraq.
tell me that there is a big mattress sale tomorrow.
Day (May 28, 2007).
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