Archive for March 2010

Don’t Make the Elderly Angry

March 30, 2010

Yesterday was the first day of residence for my mother-in-law in a senior assisted living center. To say that our family has had a difficult and interesting couple of weeks leading up to this would be an understatement. But, that’s not the reason for this post.

I had been out most of the afternoon while my wife tended to her mother while trying to get her settled into her new apartment. After running my errands, I returned to the center. A lot of hubbub was going on and I found out that our Congressman, Kurt Schrader, had been in to visit with the seniors. It seems that he enjoys doing the senior circuit in Oregon when he’s not cutting backroom deals in Washington. I was really upset that I wasn’t there to see the circus, because if I had just introduced myself to him, he would have known EXACTLY who I am. He’s heard from me many times.

Anyway, he came to the center to talk about health care. WRONG SUBJECT! What Kurt didn’t realize is that NO ONE at the senior center approves of the health care overhaul and that no one would be afraid to call him on it. Like I said, don’t make the elderly angry. I don’t know if Kurt heard the special words that some of the residents had for him while I talked to them, but from what I heard, it was Washington politics as usual.

He couldn’t answer the questions the residents put to him. He couldn’t tell them specifics about the new health care legislation. He dodged questions that were tough for him to answer. I don’t know that he didn’t cut short his visit because he was feeling very uncomfortable with the venue and the atmosphere. The local newspaper was there to cover the visit, after Kurt’s office had called them, but I suspect that the photo op he was looking for will be played down or not mentioned or else he will spin the visit and put it on his website for all the world to see. Oh look, Kurt Schrader is concerned about his constituents. He listens. He helps… more like he’s full of hot air.

To me the most ironic thing about the visit is when I went down to dinner with my mother-in-law a few hours later. There on the dining table was a pocket edition of the Constitution of the United States! This Congressman of ours (a Democrat) had distributed these pamphlets while explaining to his constituents what he knew about the health care reform bill (basically nothing, since I doubt that he or any of his colleagues have read the bill in depth). This man who, along with his party, trashed the Constitution had the nerve to present his message draped in the very document for which he has no respect and which he has been charged (and failed!) to uphold.

I really wish I had been there, but it only would have added to the small group of Americans in that senior center who feel they have been betrayed by those who are supposed to represent us, who work for us, who are supposed to be concerned with our welfare and do our will.

Tea Parties

March 29, 2010

Just a quick note about my feeling about tea parties, particularly the ones held the past couple of weeks as the circus for Obamacare reached its peak. My comments were in answer to an email I received regarding the Starlight Tea Party held on March 28th in Searchlight, Nevada.

The fact that tea parties are just a representative part of all of the US and that the House and Senate STILL ignored us  tells me that the government doesn’t represent me or care about my ideas/feelings. Apparently they don’t care about my vote either, but I hope they get the message loud and clear in November. Whether Republican or Democrat, I think it’s time to move them all out and get some new representatives. Let’s hear it for term limits and for more use of the impeachment power for those representatives who don’t uphold the Constitution.

The Uneducated Masses

March 26, 2010

I received this quote today from a friend:

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their dent. — Author Unknown

This is absolutely true! and this is what I’ve been telling people. If we had an educated citizenry, we wouldn’t have Obama or Obamunism. It never would have come to pass. BHO would have been rooted out and exposed for the evil person he is. If we had an educated citizenry, this sham of a process to stuff Obamacare down our throats wouldn’t have happened. People would have seen the innumerable breaches of law and the Constitution and they would have rejected Obamacare on process alone.

We’ve had this uneducated condition for at least 80 years and it didn’t make a difference who was the president, that we were ripe for suffering from our uneducated state. As much as FDR, Carter, Clinton, et al hurt the country while they were in office and we were too dumb to do anything about it, along comes the worst of them all, BHO, who has hurt us more than the others put together. Now, perhaps, the uneducated are starting to take notice of our perilous situation. The question is whether or not we have the guts to take on the POTUS for his illegal and treasonous actions before he is able to do a lot more damage. November is a critical time for us… not that BHO will be personally hampered in the least, but that the majorities in the House and Senate will change so that BHO can be rendered an early lame duck President.

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

March 23, 2010

20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms.

You mean there’s only 20??

» Depend On The Government For Your Health Care? Good Luck… – Big Government

March 23, 2010

A lot of simple, logical reasoning here… one would think that a bunch of intelligent people (the government?) getting together to discuss the pros and cons of the hcr bill would uncover such obvious facts. Oh wait… I was assuming that the intelligent people (the government?) cared about us and that they tried to put together the best possible bill for us. Silly me.

» Depend On The Government For Your Health Care? Good Luck… – Big Government.

FT.com / US / Politics & Foreign policy – Israel’s survival at stake, Clinton warns

March 23, 2010

Secretary Clinton, as with many pols, shows her ignorance of religious history by making threats against Israel and their relationship to Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians and other countries in the Middle East. The old adage about families or friends not talking to one another about religion or politics seems to apply here, except that it’s not talking about religion as if it were politics. Until pols realize that they’re dealing with thousands of years of religious history in the Middle East, what pols consider to be progress in foreign relations there will be non-existent. Best left well enough alone…

FT.com / US / Politics & Foreign policy – Israel’s survival at stake, Clinton warns.

FOXNews.com – Obama and Netanyahu Meet Amid Development Dispute

March 23, 2010

With the health care reform circus behind him for the moment, the PPOTUS (extra “P” for pompous) probably feels invincible. The success (?) BHO experienced as he destroyed the Constitution and ignored the will of the people who are his employers will not be repeated in the international arena. He will find out that snubbing his nose at the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu, Kim Jong Ill, Vladimir Putin, et al. will get him zero miles to the gallon. He would do himself and us (not that he even cares about us) a real service by treating the worldwide community with respect. Otherwise, he may find himself face-to-face with leaders who are ready to play hardball.

FOXNews.com – Obama and Netanyahu Meet Amid Development Dispute.