January isn’t the start of the new year for me…September is. I love these days as the light comes more softly through my windows…and I drag out what Mr. F calls all my “pumpkin junk.” The clubs and organizations I belong to…begin their meetings again. Everything seems like a fresh start, new beginnings.
Monday, my friend C. came for lunch. She helps Susan Lipstick and me with our business. She is also the perpetual fund-raising chair for a local charity that raises money for children in need who have cancer. This group was founded years ago by another friend’s oncologist husband. He and his professional cohorts were already providing free care but were perceptive enough to see the need was greater. Some families could not afford babysitting for other little ones so they could comfort and be with their sick child during chemotherapy. Some teens with cancer who had lost their hair were shamed to go to school without wigs. There are lots of little expenses like this that are a tremendous burden on families already under great duress. C. is part of a tireless group that addresses those needs year after year. This year they will expand their outreach to a few neighboring counties.
C. is a single woman, who supports herself as a manicurist/pedicurist….and is a powerhouse in her energy and devotion…and in taking a lead in getting problems solved in our community. She represents the kind of “community organizer” who builds bridges, not fences of resentment, envy, and class/race/gender/ warfare. And she is not looking to use anger as a fuel for self-promotion…or personal power.
She is simply trying to help.
I am privileged to know many people around this town like C. Tonight Mr.F and I will have dinner with two more….the Generals in the Army of the Unpaid. There is a fierce dedication among these folks that is accelerated by their unselfishness, their willingness to work long unpaid hours, do the ugly unpaid grunt work, and ask for little stroking or self-celebration. They are a far cry from the ugly face of our current money-sucking Political Class. They are not chumming for votes, or pimping for campaign contributions. Most of them have full time jobs and the spend their free time addressing community needs.
A few months ago I described myself as “leaning Tea Party.” I have pretty much fallen over the fence now and into the Flock. The MSM seems to want to pull me back with trivia….OMG Jan Brewer is a poor debater….OMG O’Donnell has money issues….OMG Palin is an outcast among the Eastern elites! Time and again, I watch our Harvard educated President affect his nose-raising posture of superiority as he addresses America. He actually looks like he smells something offensive when he addresses the common folk. It is the demeanor of one who believes he is special, anointed…The One We Have Been Waiting For. But the undeniable truth is …Obama has “fixed” nothing…improved nothing.
In the small city where I live, it is fair to say, our closest friends are among the people who own or run the businesses that create the jobs. They are also the same people who support the Arts and the charities here…both with financial and moral support. Over and over, they dig in their pockets to meet a long list of needs on the local level. It is their generosity of time, talent, and tithe that keeps our local Symphony alive, the Art Museum open, the public Gardens flourishing. Why does that matter? Well, let’s look at the inner city schools here. An unbending Teachers Union has driven the inner city schools to near bankruptcy…with many programs cut. Private money from local businesses and individuals has kept art and music programs going into these schools…so these children have the ability to experience what those in the affluent suburban public schools take for granted. We are working for free to give back some semblance what others greed has taken away.
This time of year, the Public Gardens, a gorgeous park located in one of the grimiest neighborhoods of the city, will host a free Pumpkin Walk, with free treats and Jack-o-Lanterns along the many pathways…for kids whose neighborhoods are loaded with drug lords and pimps. I like to call our Gardens “a borrowed backyard for a Urban neighborhood.” People around here know what that means. We are trying to give the children of the least among us some semblance of a normal childhood. For a few years, we had a beautiful experiment in a private school in probably the most dangerous part of town. Once again, local business people and private individuals paid the FULL tuition for the neighborhood children. Soon, folks from the neighborhood were wandering in, asking to be put to work…seeing the transformation of these little ones if given the slightest chance. In time, we failed. Unions and Government despise these types of initiatives , because they want the money and the power to flow ONLY through THEM.
Money and Power.
Look at the members of the CBC, scabbing off scholarships to give to their own families…that were meant to be awarded to those in need. This is not a problem of just the CBC…this is the ugliness of entrenchment. More than any others, the CBC feels “safe” in their districts, just as certain inept Union teachers, public service workers and laborers feel so safe in their jobs. This “safeness” breeds ethical sloppiness, greediness, and contempt for the very job they were hired to do. We have created a Nation of Untouchable Moral Degenerates..inside government and out.
This is the constituency Obama represents.
It’s time to send REAL PEOPLE to Washington. Anybody but the professional politicians, in it to perpetuate THEMSELVES. We need to send people to STOP the spending, STOP the growth of government. THAT is all that matters. People are finally over the Guy who looks great in the Soundbite…the Guy that gives the Media tingles but has no resume of real results…the Smooth Operator, the Sweet-Talker, the One We Have Been Waiting for.
While some are “waiting” for this Tin-God Messiah…people like C. are doing the real grunt work. People like our friends are creating the jobs…or would be…if Obama and the Dems hadn’t savaged their bottom line and thrust them under the boot heel of endless new regulations. The Other America…is awash in pink slips because we have the Faculty Dreamer who never met a Payroll experimenting their jobs into oblivion. Down in oil country, in the coal mines.,..they are waiting for Owe-bama’s Green Jobs. These are REAL families. And they wait as the Obamas swan through their lavish vacation schedule. And they STILL wait.
Michele has a beach closed for her in Spain. Obama closes down the rigs.
But any day now..a swarm of green jobs are coming. Or something. Hey, “we’re buying lobster.” Don’t bother me.
Here in Middle America, we see plants and stores closing because their entire payroll is now assaulted by Obama as the Big Wallet of Richie Rich..not the account that funds somebody’s middle class job.
Our failing President… with his nose perpetually in the air as he hectors and lectures us…. is actually smelling the stench of his own failure…the odor of having OVERSOLD his non-existent excellence…the stink of millions of Americans realizing they voted for an Incompetent, a Job-Killer.
Back home here, we will keep on doing what we can…everywhere we can…led by the Unselfish like C. and the community minded business partners…who still keep trying, although on a smaller level. We see that Obama’s race/class/ gender War has scarred a few among the affluent, but the suffering in the trenches is really among those who have a lot less…whose job prospects now are now bleak to none…whose children are now back in our Union-hostage public schools…whose property taxes (if they still have a home) continue to rise to pay for Obama’s Union patronage.
There is discouragement. There is despair. But the good news around here, is there is palpable DISGUST. At the hair salon, in the grocery line, talking to the guy at the deli…they are not angry, but FURIOUS. They see that Obama has elevated the Private Sector Unions and the UAW, etc to a protected class OVER THEM. The white collar workers at Delphi see THEIR pensions dissolved while the UAW gets fat. The clerk in the hardware store NOW understands that teachers demand pay hikes that balloon his property taxes while HIS hours are cut. Business owners get it now that the Messiah is a freaking Job-killer.
There is such beautiful anger…growing everywhere. Deliver us from the latte-drinking pseudo-intellectuals that have lived easy “tenured lives” and speak down to us.
This November…we vote for REAL. This November we send in the Roto-rooters, and flush them out. This November, God willing, we storm their bloated, bombastic, self-basting Bastille.
September is certainly a beautiful month…but, I’m thinking…November could be glorious.
Yes, the scent is in the air.
(hat tip to dear Marion)
I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked hard since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.
I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela .
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.
I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.
I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need.
I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves.. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet.
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A.Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
Mr. F and I are quite pleased with the Tea Party upsets last night. In our humble opinion, the Republican Party has been represented far too long by weak-kneed Rhino’s who are nothing more than Dem-lite. If we are going to have Democratic governance, then let’s have it…as we do now. Let the American people smell it, roll in it and have that Left wing ideology screw up every element of our private life…and let us call it what it is: left-wing Democratic governance! Don’t confuse the issue with so-called “Republicans” who have no spine and no will to fight for principle. If Dems keep the House and Senate…fine. (and I mean it) The American people just need to suffer more. And Obama has shown himself to be the guy who will do just that on every level!
He is in the process of inciting such glorious disgust and revulsion across the board. He needs no Rhinos to give him cover.
It’s just not enough to have an “R” after your name anymore.
Obama is “educating” America on what happens when Faculty Lounge philosophy seizes every corridor of power.
Let him have eight years to show us what his Leftist Democratic intentions truly are….how incompetent and off-center he really is! Destroying small business; redistributing wealth; creating a protected class of private sector unions and bleeding the rest of us to keep THEIR salaries and benefits increasing. Coddling Black Panther thugs and tolerating Black Caucus members as the latter dodge taxes and use our money to send their relatives to college. Killing jobs in coal states and oil states and driving up energy costs to every American consumer. Rapping about Green Jobs that don’t exist as they kill the real jobs that do. Allowing our border states to be inundated with illegals who strain our social services and state budgets and declare war on an American state trying to protect its LEGAL residents. Breaking legal contracts for political pay back to the UAW. Imposing a Health-care Bill on an electorate that opposed it and despises it. Demeaning America to our enemies around the world. Lecturing us on Islamophobia over some Koran-burning fool with a congregation of fifty, while making that the moral equivalent of a the continuing slaughter of Christians by Islamist radicals world-wide. (Notice how Obama does not stick in nose and the air and pontificate to the Imams that THEY have a responsibility to call out their radicals!)
No, we do not need moderates to collude with any of the above. That time has passed.
“Give me some men who are stout-hearted men and will fight for the rights we adore. Start me with TEN who are stout-hearted men, and I’ll soon give you ten thousand more.”
“For every Stoic WAS a Stoic, but in Christendom where are the Christians?”
If you managed to catch the spectacle of George Voinovich weeping over John Bolton’s appointment to the U.N….I ask you, what are we clinging to?
The “tweaking” of the kitchen begins today. We are replacing appliances and building an island. This may or may not result in increased Internet posting on my part. On one hand, I will be holed up with two dogs in the Den, so I may as well expound upon something or rant about Obama. On the other hand, I will be holed up with two dogs in the Den…who will no doubt be yipping, and crying, and patrolling the perimeter looking for a way to break out. Not really conducive to coherent thought.
I am a bit mellower these days politically. Mainly because Obama doesn’t need my help in alienating people in my immediate circle. I just saw the clip of his speech yesterday…the street cadence he uses when he talks to blue-collar “folk.” I wonder if they find it as demeaning as I do.
Back in the day, I did really well on the “Writing Sample” and did not have to take Freshman Comp. Instead I was put in a class called “Five Great Books” taught by the head of our English Department…a guy that might have been dropped in the classroom by Central Casting, complete with the turtleneck, cashmere sport coat and faux British accent. This was a small class and little blond-haired me was the only female. Nose in the air, he would drone on about this or that in his patrician way…only stopping occasionally, to turn to me, smile paternally, drop his voice and speak more slowly. One afternoon, he actually felt it was incumbent upon his task as an Educator to inform me…. in one of these public “asides”…that QUOTE: “When I say ‘man’… I mean men and women too.”
Thanks for clearing that up.
This is Obama when he drops into the fly-over states. We are being governed by Academics now…the Dreamers, the Tenured Talkers, the Denizens of the Faculty Lounge. The people who never met a pay-roll. Now they are running the show. For years, they’ve convinced themselves of their own superiority. If only, America apologized, the Middle East would embrace us. If only America stopped it’s bellicose activity, everyone else would too. They have convinced themselves of a new version of the ole “noble savage” theory…i.e. everyone that they deem a “victim” of America is not only benign, but benevolent, almost divine. They have boogeymen that are based on their “social agendas.” And so it follows that they fear fundamentalist Christianity and rail against it…but exhibit nothing like that emotional outrage toward fundamentalist Islam…whose view of women, gays, and imposition of THEIR respective religious beliefs on the unwilling is not nearly as terrifying to these Leftists as “Merry Christmas” sign in the Mall. They can actually be amusing when their hypocrisies are observed under controlled circumstances. But, dear God, as we have learned in this administration…they are deadly when in the wild.
The Tenured Talkers have never started or run a business but these poseurs claim to know how to do so better than those who have. They want to play “social justice” games with who gets hired in a recession, who gets bailed out by other taxpayers, whose hard-earned money they take way and give to others. They want to force Banks to give mortgages to those who cannot afford them for “social justice” reasons …then condemn the Banks when they falter under THEIR rules. They decided in the Auto bailout whose contracts to void to benefit the Other Guy they liked better. They are deciding some Thugs can intimidate voters but other Thugs of different skin hue cannot.
During the Healthcare debate, I thought often of the Medical oath…”First, do no harm.” That’s where most of these Left-wing fantasies break down. Nothing happens in a vacuum. When Obama imposes these new taxes and entitlements, he has no clue what great harm he might do HERE…to do some small bit if good THERE. He’s just seemingly “winging it.” That’s why Obama has become the Great Job Killer. He’s been “experimenting” with his faculty lounge ideas at the expense of American jobs. That’s why Obama has become the International Embarrassment He’s been bowing and scraping all over the world with nothing but derision to show for it. Maybe the Harvard faculty are a benign lot that respond to weakness with concession and to self-hate with Oprah-like adulation…(though from what I hear the atmosphere in departmental disagreements is more like that between angry Afghan war-lords.) But anyhooo, Obama is demeaning America to apparently no good result except with his Democratic political base.
But how enlightening.
Actually, in the long run…this may be all for the good. America had to see it to believe it. We had to have someone like “The One We Have Been Waiting For”…take the reins of control and after the most pompous-ass campaign in history …show just how incompetent and unconnected to the Real World he is.
“But crisis has a way of ushering even great events into the past. As Obama has moved with unprecedented speed to build an Administration that would bolster the confidence of a shaken world, his flash and dazzle have faded into the background. In the waning days of his extraordinary year and on the cusp of his presidency, what now seems most salient about Obama is the opposite of flashy, the antithesis of rhetoric: he gets things done. He is a man about his business — a Mr. Fix It going to Washington. That’s why he’s here and why he doesn’t care about the furniture. We’ve heard fine speechmakers before and read compelling personal narratives. We’ve observed candidates who somehow latch on to just the right issue at just the right moment. Obama was all these when he started his campaign: a talented speaker who had opposed the Iraq war and lived a biography that was all things to all people. But while events undermined those pillars of his candidacy, making Iraq seem less urgent and biography less relevant, Obama has kept on rising. He possesses a rare ability to read the imperatives and possibilities of each new moment and organize himself and others to anticipate change and translate it into opportunity.”
“I don’t think that Americans want hubris from their next President,” Obama says, noting that McCain received nearly 47% of the vote last month. However, “I do think that we received a strong mandate for change. And I know that people have said, ‘Well, what does this change word mean? You know that it’s sort of ill defined.’ Actually, we defined it pretty precisely during the campaign, and I’m trying to define it further for people during this transition,” he says. “It means a government that is not ideologically driven. It means a government that is competent. It means a government, most importantly, that is focused day in, day out on the needs and struggles, the hopes and dreams of ordinary people.”
Americans “should anticipate that 2009 is going to be a tough year,” he says. Then he adds, “If we make some good choices, I’m confident that we can limit some of the damage in 2009. And that in 2010 we can start seeing an upward trajectory on the economy.”
What Obama “has gotten done” is set us on the Road to Bankruptcy with his reckless spending, his “upward trajectory” has been spiking unemployment rates to almost 10% by terrifying the Business community, and polarized America to unprecedented levels by “playing favorites” with our tax dollars and justice system.
MR. Fix-it from the Faculty Lounge has flopped.
For years we heard the jibe…”Those who can…do. Those who can’t…teach.”
Or become community organizers.
Obama has succeeded mightily in that one area: he has proven to be an incredible teacher of the foolishness that pervades higher education. America has learned to its monumental regret…to leave these Dreamers to ferment in their Faculty Lounges…to corral them there where they can hurt no one…to therefore render them somewhat harmless…and going forward, to assign to their subsequent world fantasies…a benign but unyielding ridicule.
But, for God’s sake…keep them forever away from the reins of power!
And whatever remains of our tax dollars.