I present for you three examples of why our nation is continuing to decline.
This, about Carol Shea-Porter’s phone calls to those who dissent from her views regarding Iraq, is most definitely not a story, particularly if everything included within the article are found true.
This, about the situation that some of our recuperating soldiers and Marines have to endure at the crown jewel of U.S. military medical facilities, is most definitely a story, particularly if everything included within the article are found true.
This, about the wonderful and sincere resolve that the Democratic majority is showing in order to bring a non-binding resolution to a vote, is most definitely not a story, particularly if everything included within the article are found true.
The second is brought to you by… Well, it’s just someone that recently quit her spare job. Via Shakes herself.
The third is brought to you by… Well, it’s just been this really annoying itch between my ears for the past week. (But the doctor gave me some cream, so it should go away soon.)
The first talks about the evils that can be found when the people dare to be foolish enough to elect liberals into positions of power.
The second talks about the evils that can be found when conservatives pay more attention to “supporting the troops” with words than actually, you know, supporting the troops with action.
The third talks about the evils that can be found when liberals pay more attention to “bringing the troops home” with words than actually, you know, bringing the troops home with action.
And myself? I condemn all three things as being a waste. The first and third are a complete waste of time, energy, political capital, and space. The second is a waste of common sense, and should be shouted about from the highest hilltops in the land until things change.
And why are they all wastes? It is simple: they all show that the American political system places a stronger emphasis on words rather than deeds.
And that is the complete opposite of the way things should be. Our elected representative, as well as those of us who watch their various (in)activities, need to stop shouting to the heavens about what we/they/he/she/it/whatever says they are going to do and putting more concentration on whether they actually try to accomplish those things.
In the first example, much hay is being made over what would otherwise be a wonderful thing to hear about: an elected representative personally calling one of her constituents to discuss their opposing political viewpoints. I have never heard of such a thing happening during my lifetime. And that was my first reaction. My second reaction was, “And you’re calling this an attempt to restrict your freedom to petition the government? A member of the government just called you about your petition!” In high school, my clasmates and I heard about a government by, for, of, and accountable to the people. This is the very first example I have heard of someone holding that to heart. And for doing something that should be the heart of the American democracy, we hear talk about what she said.
In the second example, we see a concrete example of what happens when people talk more than they do. Sixty-six months of heavy, non-stop usage is enough to cause any facility to lose its varnish, yet the conditions in Building 18 as described are beyond the point of regular maintenance issues. Where have the “Support The Troops” crowd been when this has been happening? And will they also stand and support the troops by increasing the funding for military hospitals?” Or will they “support the troops” by shouting down the article as being a left-wing smearjob by the evil liberal media? Will they do? Or will they talk?
The third example is what I consider the ultimate in political futility: working like bandits to try and pass through both houses a, get this, non-binding resolution about the major political platform of your party in the last election. Instead of using the effort of this past week to actually do something, or even try to do something, or even try to talk about doing something… The Congressional Democrats have tried to talk about talking about something. Can someone please explain how trying to talk about talking about something is supposed to accomplish their main goal: getting American troops out of Iraq?
Too much talk. Not enough action.