If you know me personally this may come as a shock to you. When I was in high school I was involved in Drama. I know, I know. Shocking. I, the introvert, the chronically shy person you know, was once somewhat of an extrovert. I had zero acting ability, but I loved hanging out with people who did.
In high school I was involved with a group the school district put together. It was called PRIDE. Pride stood for “Peers Responsible In Drug Education.” It was a lot of fun. We would drive around to other schools, mainly elementary or middle schools, and we would sing, dance and teach workshops on how to “say no” to drugs, have self-esteem, stuff like that. I got to meet and work with kids from other high schools. I made lifetime friends.
One time we were invited to Washington, D.C. to perform in front of the Presidential council. It was REALLY cool.
We had a really full schedule, and one day to sight-see. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Washington, D.C.
On the sightseeing day a group of friends and I walked into “The Banana Republic.” It was maybe the second time in my life I bought myself clothes. The girl who helped me pick out the clothes made me feel smokin’ hot when I was wearing them.
On September 20, this year, at a Ford Stamping plant our “campaigner-n-chief” said “We’re not some banana republic.” Upon hearing these words I found myself in an odd position. I completely agreed with the President. America is definitely NOT a Banana Republic. Have you ever been to the DMV? Most of America dresses like they belong in a leper colony. Definitely not a high fashion retail store.
And then I thought, “Maybe there is something I don’t understand,” so I went to the source of all knowledge: “Wikipedia.” According to Wikipedia a “Banana Republic” is apparently a political term used to describe a country where the political leaders are in cahoots with corporations, where government employees exploit there posts for personal gain or favors, and where the Press is either corrupt or state ran.
In just the last few weeks:
We have a busload of elderly tourist ordered back on the bus at Yellowstone National Park, and then detained at their hotel by armed park rangers. The park rangers were ARMED. (Quick side note: have you ever wondered where park rangers go on vacation to “Get away from it all”?)
We recently had a report of emails from 2012 where the IRS shared confidential taxpayer information with the White House.
On October 8th the President had a press conference. Just days after the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare, any guesses how many questions the press asked the President regarding it? Anyone? Anyone? If you guessed zero you would be right. ZERO questions were asked about the nightmarish start of the biggest social policy program in history. Zero.
Normally, within 36 hours, families of fallen U.S. service members receive a death benefit of $100,000. The night before the shut down a bill was passed to include funding for the military. Five families of loved ones recently killed in Afghanistan were forced to wait for the death benefit because the Pentagon insisted the funding for the military didn’t include death benefits.
So, to recap, we have certain groups allowed to use the National Mall, we have park rangers acting like thugs, the White House and the IRS playing footsies with each other, we have the press in bed with the government, and Washington bureaucrats playing games by delaying benefits.
I’m admittedly not the brightest penny in the pond, but that kinda sounds like a banana republic. At a minimum it appears we are on the road. Or is it just me?
“But Danny,” you whine, “it’s the Republican’s fault for shutting down the government.” Yeah…not so much. Granted, it is being reported that way. And if you listen to the Democrats it’s even worse. Nancy Pelosi said the Republicans are “legislative arsonists”; White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Republicans are engaging in “blatant extortion”, and my personal favorite, senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the Republicans are trying to negotiate “with a bomb strapped to their chest.” It seems like every time I turn on the TV every Democrat says the same thing, “We refuse to negotiate with a gun being held to our head.”
Gun? What gun?
First, the House Republicans voted to fund all of government, except Obamacare, Obama gasped in horror and Senate Democrats refused to pass it. That started the government shut down.
Then the Republicans said “okay,” voted to fully fund the government, but wanted to delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. Obama gasped in horror again and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.
Finally, the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but added a requirement that there be no special waivers for big business, no special waivers for members of Congress and their staff. That everyone live under Obamacare. If anyone gets a waiver then everyone, every individual is eligible to the same waiver. Obama and the Senate Democrats fainted like Victorian virgins, then refused to pass it.
Clearly it’s the Republicans that are effing everything up.
If the Republicans had a brain in their collective head they would say the same thing every time a microphone was in front of their face. “How can Obamacare be the ‘Law of the land’ if certain, hand-picked, privileged groups and individuals, and their families, are exempted? Not murdering is the law of the land, there are no waivers for that. Not stealing is the law of the land, there are no waivers for that. If Obamacare is the law of the land, there should be no waivers.”
Even a “Dancing with the Stars” watching, low information voter will understand that.
(The wife and I love “Dancing with the Stars.”)
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