Is this too much of a rant? I’ll let you decide…
My father had an expression he used when he dealt with people who had no clue as to appropriateness or fairness. He would simply walk away from the situation and say to himself,
“You can’t cure stupid!”
I’m quite sure he would say that upon seeing this video of one of our country’s Congressmen. It’s not about politics. It’s about stupidity.
Please watch this video. It only lasts a few minutes, but your heartburn may last for a long, long time:
I wish you could assure me it’s not unique to the psyche of this lone Congressperson.
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
— James Madison, Annals of Congress, HR, 3rd Congress, 1st Session, p. 170.
Every day I’m more amazed that the people we’ve hired to represent us in the hallowed halls of Congress have effectively, in turn, fired us from our own company!
I enlisted in the Regular Army for 3 years and served honorably. I have worked hard all my life, earned my college degrees while my wife and our 4 children hung on for the eventual pay day, paid my taxes, voted for the people I thought best represented my interests and beliefs, and have seen individual rights of the majority whittled away for the convenience of the very few.
Today, lies are truth, dishonesty is honor, a privilege is a right, and Congress acts to create for themselves a higher level of entitlements and to provide benefits to select groups of the populace without regard to the will of the majority of the people, or for what is fair to all concerned.
My father gave me this document many years ago:
- I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon––if I can. I seek opportunity––not security.
- I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
- I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.
- I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefits of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, ‘This I have done!’
- All this is what it means to be an American.
Maybe it’s time Congress gave themselves some time off to attend informative classes on civics and the Constitution. Surely, the populace will give most of Congress time off for good––and certainly not because they’ve been or done good!
It’s as simple as that!