Head held high and shoulders back you command the faltering crowd
Words are seeds and you plant indeed in the rows that others have plowed
“I am right my, my vision is true, just follow me and you’ll see”
A leader leads but a speaker just speaks which one is it you wish to be?
When words take root and ideas spring up all in the carefully laid row
But no gardeners to tend just backs that won’t bend what will your words have to show?
Weeds creep in and erosion takes hold while your new sprouts strain in the heat
Weeds were seeds too as you allowed them to grow so the blame is laid at your feet
No tools in hand no sweat on your brow your words are just left there to die
The weeds choke words and the ideas are purged and you chastise those who ask why
“This is my garden now, my seeds are cast and we’ll all share in this my brand new crop”
But less is grown and each must now share his own except those who remain at the top
The winter blows cold and the fire is low as we huddle and remember the past
When harvests were good and weeds were few and we all thought that those times would last
Spring time will come and we’ll start again but this time our rows rearrange
Springtime will come for tired souls who thought they needed new hope and new change
How far have we sunk as a nation that we can’t rise up and see the tyrany that is before us? Even lower still are those who see it but are too tired to even so much as voice their opinion.
This is not new, no there is nothing new under the sun but we have precendence and we have seen the outcomes before. It is written about in history books and this vicious cycle of the elite and powerful who trod over the unwilling to speak is in full swing once more. This time the pendleum has gathered almost unstoppable force behind it even if some of the momentum has been taken away by those whose mouths have not yet been vanquished.
I am constantly amazed at the free people of the world who idly sit by and wait for someone else to champion their cause. Those who stick their heads under the sheets in the dark of night and await the daylight hoping beyond hope that when they emerge from the soft and cozy pillows that the harsh and bitter winds just outside the window will have ceased.
If and when spring comes and the howling through the cracks and boarded up doors has dulled to a low whir what will you see? Only slow moving citizens still in a funk as they pass through the barren streets and abandoned cars. No light of life or joy of hope oozing from the children in the parks. Women who walk on egg shells set back 250 years from the strides they’ve made so far. Young and old alike whos eyes have grown dark as the horizon of prosperity is but a speck clouded in gloom and despair. Opportunity seems forever a foriegn and unattainable concept and one not spoken of aloud.
Surely these words are the product of a doom filled man and someone who preaches the end of times. What lunatic believes that our lives could be so altered for the sake of power and privilage for just a few? This is what the elite would like you to believe and truthfully it is much easier now to scoff and accept the bitter medicine we are being force fed than at any other time. Easier to lay down and give in rather than to kick back against such a behemoth that looms ready to punish those who dare disagree.
At this point it doesn’t matter what party you voted for or why. What is foremost is that we all see this new direction of the country is not good and not what we were hoping for. Not the change you envisioned when the votes were tallied. Action now is a must while our voice is still strong. Action later and we may not have any voice at all.
“ON THE SANDS OF HESITATION, LAY THE BONES OF COUNTLESS MILLIONS. WHO AT THE DAWN OF VICTORY Sat down to wait, And waiting—died!”
- Evangeline Wilkes
What is it that this administration has against aircraft? Not the airplanes they need or fly mind you but the ones an enthusiast or a corporate CEO might fly. It seems that Obama despises these people with a deep seated hatred and his words have actually caused a slump in sales of aircraft. For those who doubt his words could have this effect just ask the business owners in Las Vegas. Class envy has always been a powerful tool in politics and it’s very easy to sell this idea to those of us stuck on the ground as the fortunate few go off flying into the sunset.
I guess I could go into detail about the need for big businessmen and women to be able to get literally around the world to make deals and keep the engines of commerce humming. I could easily spend a few paragraphs on the small craft owners who are enthralled with the wonderful world of aviation and how contagious it is to fly. Not to mention the 1.2 million people who make their living in the aviation industry. Still we are told that these are the rich and since we can’t have what they have it should either be heavily taxed or they should just do without. If that isn’t enough, congress is ‘cracking down‘ on the airlines with stricter regulations. Obama has chastised, demoralized and weakened this sector of our economy, so much so that more than 70 mayors and other officials have officially requested in letter form that he tone down his rhetoric.
What’s most galling about this administrations attack on the aviators is the blatant hypocrisy. First there was the controversy of getting new helicopters for the President at a cost equal to or more than Air Force one itself.(11 billion total) Obama then displayed his insensitivity to the citizens of New York by having a low flying photo op complete with a fighter jet escort over the same area the terrorists flew which set the city into a panic as flash backs of September 11th set in. Recently the President has decided to vacation this August in the elitist capitol of the world Martha’s Vineyard. A seemingly innocuous decision and who really cares if he wants to spend time with those who he most relates to; go have a grand time with the ultra rich and dine on the best of the best. The problem is that while he’s on the ground that all private air flights will be cancelled and the local airport will be shut down. This 10 day frolic among the ultra rich will cost the small aviation businesses in the area about 20% of their revenue. The season for sight seeing and flying lessons etc. is very short lived due to the weather but it’s doubtful that anyone in Obama’s world even cared enough to look into that.
The big criticisms of conservatives is ‘trickle down’ economics and the ‘culture of corruption’ and yet we see this with the liberal establishment doing exactly what they accuse those on the right of. With the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Waxman and Obama himself piling on this and other industries they fly around the world on the tax payers dime in the height of luxury. While looking down their noses at us and scolding the very people who helped build this country they sit upon their thrones in judgement.
They are doing their part to keep airplane sales going however, just in a backdoor top secret kind of way. What they don’t want you and I to know is that while they have crucified the general aviation world they have ordered 3 brand new corporate style jets at a whopping cost of $354 million tax payer dollars. The average Google search won’t be able to find this information and even if you did have the upgraded scan reading software required you would still need to read almost 200 pages of the spending bill to find it. What’s more, it is worded in such a way that you may think of it as a military need so you might pass right on over it which is what I believed they hoped for. The planes are referred to as “Mission support aircraft” and who in the world could deny them this?
In aviation there is a technique in landing for deflecting the wind as it pushes you. Flying with your wings straight across would surely get you off course and you would have to abort your landing. This skill is referred to as ‘one wing low’ and Obama and his ilk have it mastered. Anytime they need to land and the winds of opposition are blowing they deflect with deceit and lies and though it seems they are in an awkward position they pull it straight at the last second and touchdown. Once their bill is passed they are safe and to them it really doesn’t matter how they accomplish their goals just as long as they get their long sought after agenda. In aviation it is a required maneuver for the safety of the pilot and passengers, in politics it is just the art of deception with no regard to anyone else’s outcome. It is in fact just plane low.
As Obama basks in the glory of his cash for clunker flash in the pan program which really just adds up to a nice week or two of normal sales when things were normal, members of congress are being confronted by citizens who are dead set against his health care ideas and have no answers in which to sooth the restless.
It’s recess time for congress and although it’s not required it is a sort of pseudo tradition to hold town meetings with their constituents and listen to the concerns of those who they lead. This year however, some congressional leaders are afraid to go home. It seems that if they do there will be loud, bold and well informed voters there to greet them.
Normally this is not a problem for the slick and professional politician but this time it’s different. This time the ignorant sheep have done something that our elected officials have not. They have studied the health care issue and actually read the bill. In so doing millions of people are coming to the realization that this is a bad bill that will seriously undermine our health care.
Already town-hall meetings have been too much for democratic congressman who tried to rely on White House issued cheat sheets for answers. Frustrated and perhaps embarrassed some have walked out and others not used to being challenged by the great unwashed just floundered in their weak answers.
President Obama has now apparently had enough and has stepped in giving new marching orders and is hell bent on ramming this bill (that even he doesn’t know what’s in it) down our throats. He has also called in unions who backed his candidacy and are not affected with this trash he’s trying to push to intimidate and “hit back” all those who oppose. Before today the meetings have all been civil but with the leader of the free world commanding ‘force’ to be used these meetings are now turning into clashes. If it continues and our president continues to act so un presidential and uncaring for all the people then these clashes will become even more psychical.
If not for the future of our country, our children and our way of life I would say these so called leaders are not worth the effort and possible harm that this administration is promoting. If it were just for the sake of beating back these privileged elitist who haven’t had to sweat or get dirt under their nails in years (if ever) to earn a living I’d say ignore them, after-all they’re just clunkers and maybe it’s time we scrapped them.
I hate to admit it but President Obama has got a lot done in the 7 short months he’s been in office. He is moving so quickly and almost over night has made sweeping changes to our countries landscape. Why the rush? Is 4 years not long enough for him to reach all his goals so he needs to move at break neck speed with each moment he’s in office? Me thinks there’s more to the story.
I guess I could go down the list and mention each item that this administration has tackled but at this point I believe we all know too well how far we have fallen in such a short time. My point with this writing is the urgency he has created with each item and why he has used this tactic.
Would we as a nation been so willing to stay quiet if we knew the details and ramifications of what we are now saddled with? The answer, if we’re honest is no. Not only are we in the present affected but our children and our children’s children are going to face the burdens of living up to the costs of decisions made today. That’s a long time to live with the consequences of a rushed administration. Obama is a young man but wise and sly like a fox and I believe he knows full well of this and that is why he has hit the accelerator. For a “fully transparent” administration he really couldn’t afford to give us those details because the American people would have rejected his plans.
In the words of Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff “Don’t waste a good crisis” this administration has used this economic downturn as a gateway to get all of their agenda rammed down the American peoples throats while barely receiving any real opposition. Actually Hillary Clinton and Obama have said the same things in public so the tactic is an established tool and one they have purposely used.
Whether or not their new policies produce anything good does not matter, all that is important is that they get their way and it’s never been easier with the mask of confusion they use. If things seem to pick up and look like they are returning to normal this administration with their willing media simply whip up more worries and catastrophes keeping our sheep like minds off what is really happening. In this confused state coupled with the lightning speed that they are pushing their agenda America and all her grand ideals are drifting farther and farther away.
Finally I believe we are waking up to face the giant as evidenced by our tea parties, town hall meetings and water cooler discussions. (those who still have jobs and can meet there) Actual questions are being raised that can’t be truthfully answered and realizations are coming to light just a bit to early for Obama to feel comfortable. Since his health care and cap and trade are not in the bag and disgruntled citizens are speaking up I’m sure he’s wondering if they should have made that move first.
I have faith in Obama that he will see this and adjust accordingly. Perhaps he can get us all nerved out on the H1N1 or maybe a good ol natural disaster will happen so he can continue to get things done. That would fit his ‘good crisis’ definition wouldn’t it? I think this current administration can be summed up with an old writing from some 2000 years ago and I can think of none better.
James 3:16 (King James Version)
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
I’m not sure if this question has been asked of every president but I know it has of President Bush. Is he the kind of guy you could have a beer with? The intended meaning I suppose is whether or not this leader is a man of the people, is he interested in the common folk? If the answer is yes than by all means bring him a cold one, if it is no than he is a snob that is out of touch and too good for you and I. This question has always been considered hypothetical because no President on record has had the proverbial cold one with an average run of the mill citizen.
This Thursday President Obama is going to have that ‘beer’ and put this theory to the test. Joining him will be Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley.
The three are embroiled in a local incident that has had national implications. Gates Jr. was arrested by Crowley and words of racism, stupidity and belligerence have been bandied back and forth. Obama in a move to quell the now embarrassing episode and maybe garner the respect of the beer drinking unwashed masses has arranged for the meet.
I ask you, does this seem presidential? Is this something that George Bush would ever be part of? For as much criticism as he took for being a ‘cowboy’ and stupid, yada yada, did he ever look this non presidential? Obama is suppose to be so sophisticated and above this yet his words betray him much in the way John Kerry was unmasked when he said, “Is this where I get me a huntn license?” Obama’s quick retort gives even the casual observer a quick glimpse into what he is made of.
Now he’s chosen a common mans way of settling the matter as if Joe six pack will never be the wiser. I’m sure a big deal will be made of who sips or who guzzles, what the beer of choice is and God forbid if the two elitist drink anything other than an icy cold beer. If chardonnay is brought out by the house butler all hell will break loose, at least until this Sunday when Nascar will once again grip the minds of the lower echelon.
I thank God for men like President Bush who never lost sight of ‘we the people’ and was humbled by the responsibility to serve us while staying true to his faith and commitment. There was no pretense or false words of “I feel your pain.” Just a caring heart and a man who though not always perfect, was a true leader for the people and someone you could have that cold one with.
Irony in life is Gods way in keeping us balanced. I mean how else can you explain that more good is done in congress when they go on vacation? Or that the politicians claim they’ve saved us money just because they didn’t spend the whole trillion dollars on some earmarked boon doggle that nobody needed anyway.
I can’t believe that we elect some of the most brain dead people that either don’t care about what they’re doing to us or that they know full well and figure we’ll never notice. $18,000.00 toilet seats, $1,191,200 for 2 pounds of ham and $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service. The list goes on and on and only gets more ridiculous with each item.
There are so few things that our elected officials get right anymore it really is sad. I realize they have a lot to do but every activity is geared around them getting re-elected and not what’s in the best interest of the people who elected them in the first place. (that ironic)
Now our illustrious leaders want us to trust them with one of the last industries that America leads the world in, our health care. Obama and his cronies are moving at breakneck speed to ram this proposal through and yet no one has even read the 1200 page bill. How in the world can we expect anything good from a piece of legislation that even the president admits he doesn’t know what’s in it. Ironic that he claims it’s what we need but he knows very little about it.
We can still make a difference and bring our leaders back down to reality. E-mails, letters and phone calls are tools we’ve always had in our box and just about the only ones that this administration hasn’t taken away from us; yet. It already is making a difference as Obama has relinquished his mandate on passing this bill by August recess to ‘sometime this year.’ It’s obvious that we are hurting the ears of these ego maniacs by bending them so much with the phone.
If you’d like to help out in this way it’s really very easy but it is also the best example of irony I’ve ever seen in my life. A simple call and the operator will ask you your zip code. (all 9 digits) From there you will be transferred directly to your representative. Then simply state your case and your congress person will get the message.
Now for the ironic part; the number to call is
When you stop laughing, give them a call.
It’s been only 6 months and “we the people” has a whole new meaning. Instead of representing hope and promise for every man woman and child it only reflects dashed visions of the change we were told was coming. Rather than integrity, transparency and hard work for the sake of the people, it is apparent that this only includes the people within certain circles that have been approved by the hierarchy.
Still, there is hope in the distance, that is, if it is not a mirage and it’s already too late. We the United States citizens need to stand up and reclaim what our founders fought and died for. If we sit idly by and wait for a cue from above, for someone prominent to take the lead then I assure you our mirage will become a permanent fixture and one we can never reach.
There is a saying that if something is to good to be true, it probably isn’t. Just 6 plus months ago our cities, airwaves, papers and computers were inundated with signs for hope and change. There were also many signs for a solid an alternative direction but just enough votes were cast that decided the country would follow this new road. It almost seems unfair that this margin of people could steer the rest of us in such a polar opposite direction but those are the rules. Elections have consequences and even many of the once hopeful are now regretting their decisions.
Just as before there are signs for the future, directional arrows to the prosperous ways America once knew. Looking back they appear loud and obvious but this time we can’t afford to only give a passing glance. These quiet reminders are still calling but this time they need your voice.
If “we the people” means anything to you it should at least remind us that it won’t get done unless we do it. If we just pass the responsibility to future generations or worse yet, leave it up to the current politicians then we have no one else to blame.
It’s human nature to forgive and forget. Time is the biggest catapult to that end. As human beings go, we like to forget the ugly nasty side of life and especially if it is our own. It may take many years for some offences to finally be put truly behind us and some if not dealt with linger in the dark shadows of our conscience, always there contributing to the shape we mold ourselves in even we don’t realize it.
We tend to forget the good things too. We may remember the overall picture of a great event or good things but the details fade and the joy of that event or result when remembered soon gets drowned out by the present which demands its full share of our attention.
Some things both good and bad are so gigantic in scope that it is almost impossible to forget. Even though our human tendencies will take their normal course the caretakers of history make sure that we never forget. We build monuments in remembrance, devote designated days to the observance and fill our children’s history books with the full details so that future generations will remember too. A few of these events even affect the entire world as leaders of countries join in solemn remembrance with mutual respect one for another. Political correctness is accepted in these instances and careful selections of words and actions are taken so as not to inflame wounds that are just below the scars of memory. It is memories such as these that it would be a bigger tragedy to forget than the event itself. Because we remember we can now forge ahead more vigilant and watchful to assure the country and indeed the world that we are ever mindful of the place we once found ourselves in and the sacrifice and diligence it took from the American people and its leaders to pull us out of the jaws of defeat and into the light of victory.
September 11th 2001 is one of those impactful events that we should NEVER forget. President George W. Bush did not forget and made every possible effort to keep the memory of that day alive so that we would not experience another day like that, at least not in his remaining 2550 days as our leader. Because Bush did not forget, we as a nation prospered and were safe under his watch, because he didn’t let the ‘present’ swallow his every move he was able to safeguard a nation even though it was infected with tyrannous wolves who only thought for themselves.
Sadly now the human tendencies of allowing memories to fade are at work in full force. The once carved granite memories of planes crashing into our towers, killing our citizens and crippling the nation are being chipped away. Americans everywhere have suppressed the impressions that once stirred such emotion, it’s now becoming politically incorrect to site the past because of the sins that allegedly arose in its name. The world we’re told does not look on us favorably now not because Bush is in office, that is the old mantra, now it is because of our great atrocities and its because of this we have lost our moral standing in the world.
The new administration is doing their part as well to bury this indelible mark on America’s history. As admissions of guilt pour out of every orifice of the oval office they work diligently to remake our image and apparently that includes erasing the past or at least cashing in on it. While we all want to look good in photographs the Whitehouse has taken this to a new level. For reasons only known
(Obama’s photo op)
to the Obama administration they flew a new Air Force one jet with military escort over the same skies and buildings that were terrorized 8 short years ago. Calls to 911 flooded the phone banks and panic gripped the city. No one was told of this ‘photo op’ and old nightmares surfaced instantly for so many that lost their loved ones on that tragic day. Visions of people jumping to their deaths to escape the inferno and tons of hot ash filling every crevice of the city jumped back to the painful present for so many people all because of a callous uncaring decision.
The Obama team has apparently has forgotten or perhaps it never affected them in the first place. How truly sad it is to have leadership so desensitized to what is obviously a defining moment. How truly disheartening is it to have a leader more interested in his image than the need to remember what has galvanized a nation to stand in strength. What a pity he has forgotten but even sader would be, if you have.
1 Timothy 2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Perhaps you don’t subscribe to Biblical teaching but the principals in the word are true and it clearly states the we are to pray for our leadership. I don’t think I’m out on any limb here in saying I think they could use it.
By the many letters we’ve received it is obvious that many Americans prayed for George Bush, they saw his faith and courage and gladly went to the God in prayer to give him support in the best way they knew how. In turn, there is no doubt that president Bush humbled himself in prayer for this country and the 1000′s of decisions he had to make. He openly admitted and leaned on his faith and was not afraid to invoke the name of the Lord. This is one of the many things that endeared so many of us to him.
Our current leaders however do not seem too eager to pray or ask God’s blessings and for His wisdom. I wish this were not true. At this point in time our country needs God more than ever and it begins with our leader. He has openly stated he spent 20 years attending one church, his children were baptized there and he listened to the teaching of a man he once described as a role model and a leader. I’d like to think at least some Bible was taught there and perhaps some of the subjects included humble hearts and seeking God in quiet prayer.
There is no easy button to pull us out of the mess we are in as a country but there is a first step. One that Bush took every day is perhaps the step Obama should take maybe for the first time.