Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few

Wendell Phillips, 1852

The enemies of Freedom do not argue: they shout and they shoot.

W.R. Inge, 1935

....and the more things change, the more they stay the same...

Friday, February 20, 2009

This past week, the Republicans in the California legislature, "ousted" the Republican House Leader. Why, you say, would those loyal Republicans do such a thing??? Well, seems the House leader was preparing to vote for the Governor's budget in an effort to save California from total financial collapse. It just doesn't pay to get out of bed some mornings.
Then there was one of the slickest 'bloodless coup " that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing about. Tenn. Republicans were taken by surprise when, after winning the legislature for the first time since the Civil War, Tn. Republicans were all prepared to elect their new House Leader and begin their assault on womeins rights, .......... But they got caught with their pants down...they had not a clue what was brewing on the other side of the isle, and then it was over and "slack jawed and stunned, previously arrogant and posturing Republicans knew they had been had. The Dems had recruited a Rep legislator to be their nominee. His name was placed in nomination and lo and behold, he won!!!
Now, the new Speaker of the House is no longer a Republican in good standing! But he is a gift to all clear thinking folks of the 21st Century.
The Right-wingers were all set up to begin dismantling women's rights, expand gun rights, destroy government programs, and give more tax breaks to the rich. I really do admire the actions of the Tn. Democratic a time when it is almost impossible to keep anything "below the radar", somehow they managed to meet, discuss, and plan their move to keep the Tn legislature out of the hands of extremists and in the hands of a more reasonable group. Would I have been so admiring if it had been the other way around? I still would have admired the plan and it implementation but I am sure I would not have been crazy about the outcome(just for the sake of disclosure, if you need any).
So, if California can do it, if Tn can do it, why can't Washington do it and find and elect new Democratic leaders in the Congress? Nancy Pelosi decided for the American people that impeachment was off the table...maybe because her secrets would also have been revealed. Dianne Finestein thought our new president should have checked with her before appointing his cabinet members, then turned around and publicly blurted out classified information regarding our bases in Pakistan. And Harry Reid, yes, poor old Harry. He doesn't work for the president, he works with him. Wonder if he has any memory for whom he does work? THEY ARE ALL TOO OLD, THEY HAVE BEEN THERE TOO LONG AND THEY, TOO, HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BY THE SYSTEM.
Yes, I realize we would have to "tear it from their cold, dead hands", but a Patriot can dream. A Patriot can imagine a day when government works for all people. A Patriot can forsee a time when grassroot's movements have great and sustaining power around the world. A Patriot will hold these dreams and high ideas up to the greatest of scrutiny and will not find them wanting.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sharon, Sarah Sofia again. I guess, this is just a dialogue between you and me? Why doesn't anybody else get involved? Hej people wake up!!! Every person CAN do something about whatever he/she wants to do something about!!!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say, how much I appreciated that you wrote " a patriot can imagine a day when government works for all people...".

    There are two very good things about it:
    1) the fact that the optimal government is the one that benefits the greatest majority. (Which does not mean that communismn would that! It simply means that any government could do it, as long as it ensured that everybody survives as well as possible and that all human rights are respected!)

    2) The second outstanding part about your sentence is the fact that you say: "can imagine". Because without a vision nothing at all can be accomplished! So once you CAN IMAGINE anything, you're almost half way there! then you just have to make it a reality in the physical universe and that can be done as well!

    Good luck!
    Sarah Sofia