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Congress is forever passing laws and then exempting themselves from those laws. It's not that we're not all equal. It's just that some of us are more equal than others.
Well told! I had similar thoughts when I read the McCaw letter. At first I wondered whether the author was serious or was just having a little fun trying to bait us Ferrari driving wine aficionados. Since I don’t know him I have no idea. Anyway, his letter was amusing.
Our Country has not been this politically polarized since the Civil War. It’s a shame that the two parties can no longer work together like they use to. As we saw recently when the Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster, the Democrats in the Senate have absolutely no regard for the rights of the minority.
This is a dangerous state of affairs. Our Constitution was designed to protect the rights of the minority but these days bills are rammed through Congress with midnight votes and only 12 hours notice. It’s no wonder Pelosi said, “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”
This is especially distressing since Obama promised that all bills would be posted on the Internet two weeks before they were scheduled for vote. But then it’s hard to think of a promise he has not broken or failed to keep.
The Republicans share some of the blame too for the poison atmosphere too. The Cruz filibuster stunt was ill advised. Why fight a fight you have no chance of winning? That said, the ruling party is going to have to extend the olive branch if the current intransigence is ever going to end because the party that controls the White House almost always has the last say.
If the ruling party would make an attempt to work with the opposition and compromise a bit instead of shutting out the opposition at every turn there might be less rancor and a few things might actually get done. Winner take all strategies are rarely the best course in the long run and “what goes around comes around sooner or later.”
As that great American sage Rodney King once said, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
Sorry for the rather inappropriate language. It was rather late at night when I wrote. As you point out, the military seems to have a way of loosing some of its best people. Perhaps its the culture but I, like you, tend to think it's poor "middle management." At least that's what I observed when I served. Anyway, my best friends are still the guys I met in the Army and, like I said, we keep in close touch. Thank you for your service.
Thoughtful words. I’ve always enjoyed your postings. So many of your friends on the left are “knee jerk.” I continue to believe that the system the Framers set up was a system that will work for all eternity. Built in were rules to protect the rights of the minority.
Time will tell downhill, time will tell! The USSR proved that socialism on a large scale won't work. Cuba is still struggling. Do you really think that taxing those that work hard and produce and then giving their money and property to the indolent will work? No one does more than I to help the poor. Some need it and others are just paupers.
You and I both suffered through the same damn war. I cradled the heads of the dying in my lap. I will never forgive JKF and Johnson for that useless war.
Where were you stationed and when? I was at Cu Chi with the 25th circa 1969 - 70. Still get together with my buddies. We were all fine killers.
Loved the Army and loved my time in the Nam but could not have stayed in. I'd had enough of asshole COs by then.
Just love our Army kids today. Hoo! Aah! If you're USMC then Hoo! Rah! Some of my best friends are Marines. We got together in Nashville two years ago and had a time.
My Army OCS still meets every two years and we do have fun. Love you and all that served in the Nam. Go git 'em!! Again, any guy that served in the Nam is a friend of mine.
No surprise. Regan reached out to the opposition and as a result was able to get things done. Contrast him with Obama, who refuses to compromise on anything and consequently has the parties at loggerheads. When he was in Seattle earlier this week he proclaimed that he was not an ideologue. I almost died laughing.
I long for the days of the Gipper and Tip O’Neil. Though they were on opposite ends of the political spectrum, they understood that for the betterment of our people they had to work together. Obama should try to lead for a change rather than spending all his time fund raising and campaigning. The Economist is right on. The Economist is a great mag, is relatively apolitical and is staffed with talented writers.
On the subject of the recent change of Senate rules, I predict there will come a day that the Democrats will live to regret their decision to evoke the nuclear option. The purpose of the filibuster was to protect the rights of the minority. Any group of people, political or otherwise, that does not respect the views of the minority within its midst will get its comeuppance someday. The idea behind the filibuster was to encourage compromise.
Have at me downhill.
I agree PearlY. My rant was only an attempt to lampoon Marty and his clever letter. I'm still laughing at "CRAP," i.e., "Christian Republicans Against the Poor."
I truly do get a kick out of his letters and they always evoke a chuckle. I was only trying, in my own feeble way, to replicate his satirical rant from the opposite side of the coin.
Sorry if I offended anyone. Some of my best friends are Democrats.
I’m a proud member of Democrats United for No Growth (DUNG). Though needless, senseless, oppressive regulation and higher taxes we hope to maintain or raise our current rate of high unemployment thereby increasing the size of government and our welfare state.
Why? Because people dependant on government vote for Democrats.
We’re already making it harder for small business people to succeed and prosper so that they can expand plant and hire more people. More people employed by the private sector mean less people dependant on government and consequently fewer votes for our side.
If there were more private sector jobs available we might lose our biggest constituency, namely, the poor. Best to keep them dependant on the government and mired in poverty since few people that have grown up under this awful system will ever seek to better themselves.
We’re also making it easier for Democrats to vote multiple times at multiple polling places by suing to invalidate voter ID laws. We believe that the ends justify the means and if voter fraud is what it takes to win elections then so be it.
To maintain control of Congress and the Presidency, we must strive to make as many people dependent on government as we possibly can. Under President Obama we’ve made great strides in this direction. In less than five short years we’ve doubled the number of people on food stamps and are working hard to sign up more and more for housing assistance.
We’ve also greatly expanded the number of government employees working for useless federal agencies such as the Department of Education, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. They all vote Democrat.
If God wanted people that are innovative, willing to take risk and work long hours and weekends to make their businesses grow so that they can hire more people He would not have given us Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid.
Yesterday a merry bunch of us were gathering to smoke a bit of medical marijuana when we were approached by a little girl begging for a doobie. We explained to her that before we could give her a joint she’d have to show us her medical marijuana card or, at least, wait until our recreational marijuana laws go into effect next year and then get a fake ID.
We call it tough love.
Outstanding letter! I could not agree more with your observations! Wish you would have been teaching when I attended Whitman.
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