Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Everything I Needed to Know About Politics....

I learned from the "West Wing". Don't laugh. I've watched EVERY episode of that series (multiple times) and as a teenager, it is actually what got me interested in politics in the first place. I am often reminded of particular episodes by real events. You know - life imitating art imitating life. Seriously, if you haven't seen the show, buy or rent the DVD and take it from the top.

Anyway. Obama said the following at his town hall today referring to Charlie Christ:
"When the town is burning, you don't check party labels. Everybody needs to grab a hose."

Compare that to Josh's conversation with Donna referring to U.S. Aid to Mexico:

"When your neighbor's house is on fire, you don't haggle over the price of the garden hose."

I know these are both plays on FDR's quote about the passage of the Lend-Lease Act where he said: "If your neighbor's home was on fire, it would be natural for you to lend him your garden hose to help put out the fire in such an emergency".

The Senate just voted 61-37 to pass the Stimulus bill to conference. Only THREE Republicans voted for it. As it stands, that means that only three of the approximately 220 Republicans in the legislative branch voted for this. I've heard all manner of excuses. Most of these people seem to agree that something needs to be done, but they think that this bill isn't perfect so they won't vote for it.

This bill is the ONLY bill on the table so if they vote against it, they are essentially voting to do nothing at all and let us fail. They are saying that unless they get a Republican bill - which is the ONLY way most of these members will get anything close to what they want - they are willing to blow this thing up.

The U.S. is essentially Barack Obama's house. The house is on fire and the Republicans are refusing to lend him a hose to help put the fire out. They not only refuse to lend him the hose they are, in the middle of a blazing fire, lecturing him on fire safety even though THEY started the fire!!!!

Now, is there any guarantee that the hose will put out the fire? Nope. But we KNOW what happens if the fire keeps burning so you do everything you can to stop it even if there is a chance that you might fail. Failure is GUARANTEED if we do nothing. The Republicans are haggling over the price of their garden house while the House is burning to the ground. As Obama said, now is not the time to check party labels. Now is the time to PUT THE FUCKING FIRE OUT. When you consider that they are doing this within this context:

These people need to be taken outside, drawn and quartered, and paraded around town with their heads on a stick.


Johnny Pez said...

You're being very uncivil, young lady. What would David Broder say?

Otto said...

Lol, I caught that too.

Did you also notice, that in his "State of The Union (not really) He mentioned curing cancer in our lifetime.

Remember when Sam Seaborn suggested to Bartlett that he put a line like that in his State of The Union?

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