The Flaming Dumbass Week In Review
April 9, 2011 Leave a comment
“[T]his really is a Civil War fight,” Jackson said. “This is making the federal government dysfunctional on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
“In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts,” claimed senior Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at a pro-choice rally on the National Mall Wednesday. “Now they’re here to kill women.” Slaughter, the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, went on to compare proposed GOP proposals on abortion, bizarrely, to “show-me-your-papers” policies in the Third Reich.
The Republicans are asking me to sacrifice my wife’s health, my daughter’s health and my nine granddaughter’s health.
“In one of the bills before us, 6 million seniors are deprived of meals — homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground 3 million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so. We’ve got to take this conversation from a debate about numbers and dollar figures and finding middle ground there to the higher ground of national values. I don’t think the American people want any one of those 6 million people to lose their meals or the children who are being thrown off of Head Start and the rest of it.”
American democracy has layers of power and responsibility, which James Madison rationalized in Federalist, no. 51 as a check against possible tyrannical rule. Our Founding Fathers saw fit to divide power between two strata — state and federal. Then, within the federal structure, they codified a trifurcation of power to ensure that no single branch came to dominate government; and while power has ebbed and flowed between branches, the system of checks and balances has provided stability, and kept tyrannical rule at bay.
Now, however, in the midst of the transformative change of globalization and this third economic revolution, those layers have become an impediment to making the changes necessary to keep America competitive in the world economy. Today, America crawls along at a snail’s pace.
A Facebook event, called “If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house,” is gaining popularity, as a government shutdown is looking more imminent.
“If you’re complainin’ about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles per gallon…” (chortle).
In other words, truth doesn’t matter.
The Constitution doesn’t matter.
Rule of law doesn’t matter.
Morality doesn’t matter.
Most of all, we don’t matter. Our betters mock us as they destroy what we have built.
Truth is getting her boots on.