Saturday, January 7, 2017

I Call Bull

Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: I'm talking in Big Daddy's language now. I'm his wife, not his widow. I'm still his wife!
Gooper Pollitt: What we've got here...
Mae Pollitt: What Gooper's saying is just a plan, a basis.
Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: I'll tell you what your plan is. Margaret, what is it Big Daddy always says when he's disgusted?
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: He says bull when he's disgusted.
Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: Yes, that's right. I say bull too, like Big Daddy.
Mae Pollitt: Well, coarse language don't seem called for to me.
Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: Bull!
~ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Senator Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday that the American people would not sit idly by and allow Senate Democrats to block any Supreme Court nominations sent to the Senate by the incoming president, Donald Trump. 


Uh… Wait… you mean like the Senate Republicans did for the last nine months, with Merritt Garland, President Obama’s final pick to fill Justice Scalia’s seat following his untimely death?


I call bullshit. 


I mean, how much hypocrisy are we really going to have to deal with, the next four years? (That was a rhetorical question… I think) this boils down to the fact that we are a nation that has a set of rules that are supposed to govern how our government works. And those rules, while they may seem archaic to some, have served this country well for over two hundred years. 


How the House, the Senate, the Judiciary and the Executive branches all are supposed to work are all spelled out in one document. Oh, yes, my fellow Americans. And if you take the time to read it, it is fascinating stuff! 


But what we are getting for not having read this wonderful document for ourselves is re-electing the same people who feed us the same line of bullshit – “I’m going to Washington to take on the government and change it!” No, no they aren’t.


Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: What's that smell in this room? Didn't you notice it, Brick? Didn't you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?
~ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams


In polite terms, its called mendacity, but we all know that it’s bullshit. Term limits aren’t the answer. Here’s the thing about those – Washington is all about relationships. You want your Congress Critters to have those relationships with other Congress Critters. You do! You want them to be friends with the Congress Critters from neighboring states and districts. Do you know why? Because legislation that affects your neighbors affects you too. And you want your neighbors to work with your Congress Critter and your Congress Critter to work with your neighbor. 


You also want a Congress Critter that puts YOU before his party. You want a Congress Critter who is an American first, then a Democrat, Republican or Independent (or whatever political party you happen to elect). 


Now, I know that the election is over. And this is nowhere near sour grapes. Mr. Trump will be sworn in, later this month as the president of these United States of America. And no, I’m not happy about this. But…


But, I also know that in 2018 there is going to be an election that will determine how the second half of his tenure as president will go. And that is not too far in the future. 


For those who are beginning to see the writing on the wall, with Senator McConnell’s pronouncement that the American people not standing with the idea of Democrats blocking a Supreme Court appointment, remember the nine months that Republicans have done the same thing.


Remember how much you like the ACA, but hate Obamacare. (I have really bad news for you there, though – It’s the same thing). 


Remember that our incoming president thinks that our intelligence community is stupid. That they don’t know that they are doing. That he “knows things that they don’t”. And that he seems to be far more worried about the ratings of his reality television show, than he is about the safety, wellbeing and security of this country that you have voted him in to lead.


Remember that the Republican Senate, should they use the “nuclear option”, it will be in place to have it used against them should the Democrats take the lead in the Senate. 


Remember all these things, and get out there and support your local candidates. All politics are local. ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL! If you are going to support the party, then do so. Support them with all your heart. But if you are going to support this nation… do so with the same conviction. This country needs people who will support it, completely. Because we are on the precipice. And we are about to be pushed off.

4 comments:

  1. I hate to be cynical. I hate to be pessimistic. But, we have just watched Russia help Trump win the election. And he and all of his supporters seem to be perfectly happy with that. Think about that. American citizens are happy that a foreign government who is our adversary on many fronts helped Trump win an election. 50 years ago these same people would have cheerfully help lynch Trump for Treason for the very same action. We are not on the precipice. We are over the edge and sliding gleefully to the bottom with obvious abandon.

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    1. I think, my darling, that you forget which team I play for. The Left was crying foul the moment that Podesta's email was hacked. The FBI spoke to him once. Once. Right after it happened.

      You may be right, we may have gone over the precipice. I would like to think that there is hope, still, to save our country from rack and ruin, though... If only to get your retirement out of it... ;)

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  2. I always thought Congresscritter was one word ...

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