"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
"There's a lot of talent there" - Shannon Fowler
"For a guy named Crank he's pretty affable" - Russ Latino
Monday, September 7, 2009
“Bad Choices…When Will They End?”
by John Alexander Madison
September 7, 2009
We learn from Wikipedia that the title “czar” (derived from Caesar) meant Emperor in the European medieval sense of the term, that is, a ruler who claims the same rank as a Roman emperor, with the approval of another emperor or a supreme ecclesiastical official (the Pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch). Occasionally, the word could be used to designate other, non-Christian, supreme rulers. In Russia and Bulgaria the imperial connotations of the term were blurred with time and, by the 19th century, it had come to be viewed as an equivalent of King.
Like many lofty titles (e.g. Mogul) "tsar" or "czar" is used as a term for positions of high authority in English societies. In the United States the title "czar" is an informal term for certain high-level officials, such as the "drug czar" for the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, "terrorism czar" for a Presidential advisor on terrorism policy, "cyber security czar" for the highest-ranking Department of Homeland Security official on computer security and information security policy, and "war czar" to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before we move on, let’s not forget the “green jobs czar,” the highly respected and qualified Van Jones. (Not so fast Mr. Madison, didn’t Jones just resign last Saturday for being neither highly respected nor highly qualified after all? That’s right, yet another anti-American and disastrous appointee of “wannabe Czar” Obama? It reminds me of the movie “Titanic” when Jack said “I’m King of the World!” Yes indeed.)
The current, out of control, administration in Washington, has created no less than 32 czars which many believe is an effort to create a shadow government accountable to nobody…not the Vice President, not Congress, and certainly not the citizens of the United States…nobody. Nobody that is, except the big kahuna (Hawaiian), a/k/a/ the Emperor himself, er the President of our currently less-than-united country...the guy who, from the ages of 6-10, was indoctrinated in muslin schools in Jakarta, Indonesia. And we’ve since learned that he refused to wear an American flag lapel pin until he finally realized it was politically expedient to do so. That alone is disconcerting to many.
The bad choices started on November 4, 2008, when a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Barack Obama (a/k/a Barry Soetero), was elected President…a President with a socialist agenda who has, arguably, less experience at anything than several of his chosen friends: the hate-filled Rev. Jeremiah Wright; radical, anti-American Bill Ayers, former member of the Weather Underground who was a fugitive for ten years (no, he was not a meteorologist); his pick for Attorney General, Eric Holder, who in his final days with the Clinton Administration was involved with the last-minute pardon of fugitive and Democratic contributor Marc Rich…the same Mark Rich who was indicted on federal charges of tax evasion and illegally making oil deals with Iran during the late 1970s-early 1980s Iran hostage crisis; or his fellow chalice bearers in the church of political corruption, Chicagoans Rahm Emmanuel and Rod Blagojevich…acolytes all.
On the other hand, the President gained significant experience for many years as a community organizer…but when we hear that experience was at the alter of A.C.O.R.N., the luster of that resume enhancer quickly fades. The next thing you know A.C.O.R.N., proven to be a corrupt organization through and through in voter registration fraud and elsewhere, will be conducting the 2010 census. Heaven forbid.
In 2009, the new administration, chose to conduct a ‘world apology tour,’ then chose to appoint a plethora of czars, then chose to establish one spending program after another which have flowed as quickly as Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during a Super Bowl halftime show. Fortunately the malfunction happened only once, yet the irresponsible and excessively expensive spending programs appear to have no end...indeed it is government which is now malfunctioning.
It started with the totally unnecessary $780 billion stimulus package, followed by one foolish initiative after another through the most recent disaster, the “Cash for Clunkers” program. And the latest mantra is “We must have health care reform and we must have it now.” So what’s the rush big fellah? Are you concerned Americans will “wise up?” Why are you demanding that the federal government run a national health care program... the same federal government which has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs? The federal government ran those programs alright, right into the ground.
And while you’re at it, let’s get rid of the multi-billion dollar Department of Education which feeds endlessly at the trough of the U.S. Treasury. America has been successfully “dumbed down” and it is now time to return the responsibility of educating future generations to parents and locally elected school boards. Of course, there’s the Department of Energy...talk about worthless. Let’s abolish that one too. The national debt accumulated this year alone, is reported to be more that the combined debt accumulated in our nation’s 233 history… with a reported $85 billion daily interest payment. Could that be true?
Regarding President Obama’s agenda and his national health care program, perhaps Charles Krauthammer said it best: “Obama unveiled his plans for a grand makeover of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered powerful popular skepticism that burst into tea-party town-hall resistance. Obama's reaction to that resistance made things worse. Obama fancies himself tribune of the people, spokesman for the grass roots, harbinger of a new kind of politics from below that would upset the established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington. Yet faced with protests from a real grass-roots movement, his party and his supporters called it a mob -- misinformed, misled, irrational, angry, unhinged, bordering on racist. All this while the administration was cutting backroom deals with every manner of special interest -- from drug companies to auto unions to doctors -- in which favors worth billions were quietly and opaquely exchanged.”
In Roman history a “tribune” was an administrative officer who was to protect the interests and rights of the plebeians from the patricians. And about Obama’s first address to Congress Krauthammer observed it was: “the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president.” The last time I heard the word “manifesto” it was preceded by the word Communist. As it turns out, Charles Krauthammer was never one who waited by the mailbox for an invitation to a black-tie event at the White House. Good thing, Charles.
Bad choices…when will they end? Not soon enough. But there is hope. Mark your calendar for November 2, 2010! On that day maybe, just maybe, Americans will be so fed up with the President’s two year experiment in socialism that they will vote for another change, “change they can truly believe in!”
So much for protecting the interests of the plebeians or common people, Mr. President. The plebeians, or the mob as you describe them, have awakened and have said no more.
Mark my words, the free-spending liberals in Washington (primarily ‘the party in control’) will spend the next twelve months painting a rosy picture, a landscape rich with redistributed wealth, a nation recovered from a deep depression. But one thing is certain…the national debt accumulated by the 44th President of the United States will still be there as a not so subtle reminder of just how far our nation has strayed.
It’s an old saying but, perhaps, appropriate today: “Fear (and prepare) the worst and hope for the best.” Hope that the downward spiral of our government can be reversed and that the hopes and dreams of every American can be achieved, once again, through opportunity and hard work…not through government handouts.
Our Founding Fathers knew best.