In that groggy kind of late on Thanksgiving Day way, I was watching a Greta rerun last night about the Town Halls last summer. She had on that representative (should use scare quotes on that, but I’ll get to that in a sec) Sheila Jackson Lee, you know the one, she was babbling on her cell phone and flapping her hands at the people in the room (she defended the flapping as “engagement” with her constituents, go figure) while one of her constituents was asking a question about healthcare. Anyway, the fact that Lee didn’t listen to a word that her constituent said (or Greta, when interviewed) is very indicative of exactly what is so very wrong with our members of Congress, both houses, both parties. They honestly think that they know best and seem to be under the mistaken impression that their job is to do whatever they want, regardless of what we, the people, want.
Maybe there’s something I don’t understand about representative forms of government? Are they really supposed to be our parents? Our bosses? Are they really supposed to ignore everything we say, brush it off as uninformed or ignorant? Is that how it works? Why bother with Congress at all then? Might as well just have a dictator and be done with it. That’s what we have now, under the ruse of representation. No taxation without representation, remember?
Anyway, here’s Lee blah blah blahing over Greta, note how she sees her job as being to “convince” her constituents to support the government option (“a robust public option is just what she [the cancer survivor] needs,” states Lee from on high):
Oh, really? Well, guess what, we don’t want it. We know what it is, we understand it better than most members of Congress do (as many of us have actually read the legislation, or much of it). We don’t want it. We do not need to be “convinced,” we know damn well it’s the last thing we need. We are not confused on this issue. We are not being stubborn or partisan. We do not want the government taking over our healthcare system. Period. Your job, Lee, is to represent the people who elected you, not what you think they “need” and certainly not to fly in the face of what the American people have said, have been saying, loudly and clearly, that they do not want.
All this talk about how BO has to pass healthcare, his presidency depends on it, the democratic party depends on it, is all just so much political blather. Passing this is the death knell for this presidency and this Congress (and likely for the democratic party). “Waking up the sleeping giant” is the phrase that a lot of conservatives and moderates are using to describe the grassroots uprising that is taking place across America. Keep in mind where that came from, Dems, because it might be significant.
In World War II, we did everything we could to stay out of that war. We didn’t want in. We didn’t go bursting forth to monger war. Nope. We sort of hung out. All neutral and disinterested, kicking our feet in the sand, hands in pockets, whistling a soothing tune. And then, Japan, erroneously sensing weakness in our neutrality, decided to air bomb a little place called Pearl Harbor. Oops. Rather than quivering in fear, America burst into action, jumped into the war, and started mopping up. We were mad as hell, and we weren’t going to take it. Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto famously stated, “We have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve.” And that they did. We were not going to lose that war, that was not an option.
Conservatives and moderates (and I believe many liberals who are not ideologues, but who believed that dems were doing the right thing for the right reasons) sat back for decades while the fabric of American society has been pulled and shredded here and there. We sort of didn’t like what was happening, but we didn’t want to make a fuss. After all, maybe there is something to political correctness, maybe we should be more open and tolerant. Maybe it’s okay that we can’t mention God, say “Merry Christmas,” say that we don’t think our kids should be given ribbons for losing or kudos for failing, or suggest that entitlement programs don’t work. We keep hearing how we’re stupid, racist, backwards, fundamentalist weirdos. Gee, maybe we should just . . . you know, go along.
And we did. All neutral and disinterested, kicking the sand with our feet, hands in pockets, whistling a soothing tune. And then BO and his administration, mistaking our neutrality for weakness, bombed our country, attacked us both personally and ideologically, declared war on our way of life, our people, and our Constitution. Oops. Rather than quivering in fear, silenced by political correctness and Alinsky methods, America burst into action. We are mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it. The sleeping giant has indeed been awakened, and his resolve is indeed terrible. Credit Yammamoto for seeing it; BO doesn’t. His administration doesn’t. But they will. And they will, in retrospect, look back at the day they launched their attack on America as the Pearl Harbor that it was. We are not going to lose this war, that is not an option.