"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

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WE THE “COMMON” PEOPLE


By

ROBERT HARKINS

There is a rumor the French Queen Marie Antoinette said to her people hungry for want of bread, “Let them eat cake.” However, sensitive to the people’s welfare was the good Queen Marie, she did not give a fig for risk, one might even say, she did not have a good head on her shoulders. The Royalty was exempt from taxes. The King’s soldiers kept them safe. By his grace, wealth and power the King raised them above the common people.

The Royalty lived lavishly and why not? But why this Royal Favor? Here perhaps is Queen Marie?

“Why favor? Why indeed! Are we not fashioned by God superior in mind and heart, and in every virtue sublime? Are we not made by Him to live and reign above the rank and common people of the earth?— indeed above a people conceived by Him to work, to pay my King’s tax, to procreate and die?

What else then, tell me now, will honor thee a common man, a plain woman, a soiled child? I have pondered well my philosophy and have come to this. How else may one grace your birth and low ways if not by service to us who, by our old and noble blood, are the more intelligent, the more graced and finely wrought than thee? It is God’s Will. Indeed, why else would He have made so many of thee who, (I say this in all Christian charity) are so plain, so very common—if not to serve?

While it is unlikely that Queen Marie Antoinette told the French to go eat cake, it was not the want of bread alone made the Revolution; it was their hunger for freedom and Royal blood. The Revolution grew out of a burgeoning disgust for a corrupt ruling class, ignorant in their manner, obscene in their claim to opulent privilege and waste, and breathtaking in their contempt for the common people—for the men and women, indeed, even for the children who worked and paid the tax by which they lived lives of pointless frivolity. It was plain hate built a guillotine to part from the French Royalty their arrogant heads.

Now why would Democrats and “conservative” Republicans, their staff, spouses and children squander a fortune in taxpayers’ money to attend a Copenhagen Summit whose members were swinging in a scandalous wind? The participants, Democrats and “conservative” Republicans alike, knew before they boarded the plane, before they first sipped from a goblet of rare Scotch whisky or fine wine, that the theory of global warming pushed in Copenhagen is a hoax. They knew the IPCC report, the foundation of “scientific proof” upon which the global warming theory rests, is rift with fraud, pathetic errors, and “authoritive” references so called, that shamed authors now admit are pseudo intellectual trash.

In a mockery of scientific method and objectivity, the IPCC report, concocted to prove conclusively the existence of global warming, contain absurd errors. The Himalayan glaciers are not dangerously melting. They will not vanish from the earth in twenty years. Somehow its authors forgot to mention that most of the glaciers are actually becoming thicker—as the climate, of course, becomes colder.

“The IPCC’s 2007 report, which won it the Nobel Peace Prize, recites that the probability of Himalayan glaciers “disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high.” But it emerged last week that the forecast was based not on a consensus among climate change experts, but on a media interview with a single Indian glaciologist in 1999. Emphasis added. The IPCC admitted on Thursday that the prediction was “poorly substantiated” in the latest of a series of blows to the panel’s credibility.”(From the Times January 23, 2010. UN climate change expert: there could be more errors in the report, Jeremy Page, South Asia Correspondent).

Will Democrats and “conservative” Republicans be complicit in the havoc the nuts at Copenhagen seek to wreck on us? If not, why are they there—and sipping vintage wine? “NASA scientist James Hansen, one of the instigators of global warming hysteria, in his new book Times Up, describes the Copenhagen Mandate. Some, common as we are, may think it a too radical change. Hansen writes that,

"The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization." (Patrick Gallagher, Green Watch America Jan 27,2010).

Madam Pelosi, in a royal orgy of obscene waste, and in her obdurate indifference to the squander of taxpayers’ money, “vacationed” at Copenhagen with her chosen friends, their staff, spouses and children. The tab for in-flight food and booze alone was $101,000. They collected their government salaries while on vacation. “Part of the tab for alcoholic drinks on a congressional trip arranged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi It reads like a dream order for some wild frat party: Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey … and Corona beer,” The total bill to tax payers is a million bucks.

Although the climate summit in Copenhagen took place in December, it has recently emerged that the large congressional delegation headed by Nancy Pelosi charged taxpayers some $1 million for the trip. Newly filed congressional expense reports indicated that more than 150 people—including legislators, staff and even some family members—made the trip at a cost of $2,200 a day, CBS News reported. Further CBS investigation found that 59 House and Senate staff flew commercial to the Danish capital, costing taxpayers $408,064, while the rest used three military jets, which cost $168,351 for the flight time. (Pelosi, Congressional Delegation Take Heat For $1 Million Climate Summit Trip February 3, 2010 by Personal Liberty News Desk).


… Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, show that the Pelosi incurred expenses of some $2.1 million for her use of Air Force jets for travel over that time. (Originally Posted by Woodrow Speaker's trips 'are more about partying than anything else’ By Bob Unruh© 2010 WorldNet Daily).

We are the common people who tragically voted into office Madam Pelosi, and the two planeloads full of Democrats and “conservative” Republicans who squandered American wealth in a spectacle of waste so prurient they would have impressed the late and headless Royalty, Marie Antoinette and her luckless King Louis. It is not too late to ask whether our government, Democrats and Republicans, are like the French Royalty, corrupt, ignorant in their manner, shameless in their claim to privilege, and breathtaking in their contempt for the common people, rank as we may be—for the men and women, who work and pay the multitude of taxes that support their opulent, their obscene incumbency.

Because we are a common people, we will not soon sip old vintage wines, rare Scotch whiskey, fly first class on military jets or wile away the lazy days in a Copenhagen Mariott luxury hotel suite— and if we could, we would not blithely send our bill to someone else.

The millions of Americans, now unemployed are instead desperately trying to keep their homes, or if foreclosed are searching for a place to live, or working odd jobs to feed their children. Too many Americans are simply struggling to survive. A common people? Not at all. A people of uncommon faith and grit.

But what if we should protest for want of bread? What then will Madam Pelosi, Democrats and “conservative” Republicans, say to us? Shall we too be offered cake for bread? We may well ask what is to be done with this American Royalty? Well, the guillotine does seem, at first glance, a bit harsh doesn’t it? Or does it? After all, it worked well enough in France, was sharp, efficient, dependable and easy to operate; such malfunctions as occurred were quickly fixed as the Royalty waited their turn—and the blade certainly got Queen Marie’s fleeting attention. No, on second thought, forget it. A guillotine bill would never pass the House and Senate—at least not one constructed for congressional heads. Well then, why not just,

Take them to ruin with your common vote!

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