I took a break from the internet, newspapers, teevee shows, etc., for several days. Sometimes I just have to get away from all the political noise, especially when that noise gets cranked up to it's highest decibel levels just before election time. That's when my bs detector starts going off so often that I simply must take the batteries out for awhile. For instance, I know Ohio's Democratic Governor Strickland wants me to be outraged that his competitor, Republican John Kasich, worked for Lehman Brothers, but I don't find that particularly outrageous. I'm more inclined to think, "good for Kasich, he found a job." Conversely, I'm not so outraged that Ohio lost 400,000 jobs on Strickland's watch, as Kasich's political ads inform us. I'm more inclined to think "yes, there's been a recession. It caused job losses all over the country. Why would Ohio be immune ?" I don't think it says all that much about Strickland's abilities, or the lack thereof. If Ohio hadn't lost any jobs under Strickland during the recession, now THAT would have been worth looking into.
Yesterday, I started reading up on the political events of the past week, and I must say, the circus was definitely in town while I was away. A Democratic Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, actually thought it would be a GOOD idea to have Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert testify before Congress in character as his comedic tv persona, a liberal's caricature of an ignorant GOP bigot. At least one Democrat, John Conyers, knew what a clusterfark it would be, and asked Colbert to leave. Good for Conyers. Congress may indeed be a joke these days (it certainly is after Colbert's testimony), but it's business is serious. Colbert testified about migrant workers, after becoming an "expert" by spending ONE DAY with migrant workers filming a segment for his comedy show (I only wish I was kidding about this). Colbert's testimony was actually painful to watch. It was embarrassing and made a mockery of Congress. Maybe next we can have the guy who plays Harry Potter in the movies testify before Congress about our educational system. After all, Potter went to an illustrious school, Hogwarts. Sure, the school is fictitious, but so is Colbert's expertise on migrant workers, and that didn't deter him. I'm fairly certain that Congresswoman Lofgren thought Colbert's comedic caricature of a mean old Republican would elevate the status of the hearing and make Republicans look silly at the same time, but boy did her plan backfire. It blew up in her face. The people who looked the silliest, besides Colbert of course, were Lofgren and her fellow Democrats. Swing and a miss, Dems.
On a somewhat related note, The President Of The United States misquoted the most famous line in the Declaration Of Independence last week while speaking before the Hispanic Caucus, where the immigration issue is a big one. See if you can recognize the President's error:
Obama's error ? He left out the words "by their creator" when he spoke of the people being endowed with certain unalienable rights. Here's a portion of the relevant text of the Declaration Of Independence:
" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,..."
Watching the above video of Obama, he pauses and blinks several times right before he misquotes the Declaration Of Independence. Maybe he just had a brain fart (a big one), or maybe he was thinking he should exclude the words about the creator for some reason. I don't know. It just strikes me as very unlikely that the President Of The United States, who majored in Constitutional Law at Harvard, could not remember the most famous line from the founding document of this country. Call me what you will, but those words still choke me up after all these years. There are no more important political words ever written regarding our country. I consider them to be perfect. We have unalienable rights because we are created human beings, and the government exists to protect those rights. Everything else we are or should be extends from those words, including our own Constitution and laws.
And in case you're wondering why I left in the part about how the people retain the power to abolish any government that becomes destructive of our unalienable rights...........that was no accident. Our rights have been under attack by the government for some time, and we're approaching defcon 3. It's time to reverse the process and take them back before they're gone for good, lost in the fog of government expansion and socialist doubletalk.
P.S. - Next week I'll be going to Las Vegas to do my part to help stimulate the Nevada economy, one hand at a time. I may not be near a computer then either.
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