I want to thank Harvey for sending me this one. I think it says a lot…
You know, I really do think Mr. Clancy does understand what it is we want from our political “leaders”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why your duty tomorrow to elect the right people to serve you is so important. Many of you operate your own business and you hire people to work for you. Most of you own your own homes, and sometimes you hire plumbers, electricians, carpenters to do work for you. You try to hire the right people for the work because you pay for that work, and you want it done right. When your child is sick, you try to pick the best physician – and you pay attention to what that doctord does ahd how well he or she does it. Why? Because there is nothing more important to you than the life of your child.
America is also your chil. America is a country forever young. America needs the right people to look after her. It is your job to picke the right people, regardless of party, or race, or gender, or anything otehr than talent and inegrity.”
Yes, I really do think Mr. Clancy understands what America is all about. But what does it say about our country, when the most truthful statements about politics, can only come from a fictional character?
Have we really slipped that far from where our Founding Fathers set us out to be? Have we taken their sacrifice, and cheapened it with our “Politics of Greed” and “Cult of Personality”?
Because one thing is for certain – we’re no longer about setting out to make something of yourself, but trying more and more to create a system which will take care of you.
Still more great readin from Mr. Clancy in his “Executive Orders”
“It is not my job to take your money and give it back. It is my job to take what money I must have to protect and serve you – and do that job as efficientyly as possible. Government service may be an important duty, and a great responsibility, but it is not supposed to be a blessing for those who serve. It is your government servants who are supposed to sacrifice for you, not you who sacrifice for them.”
Folks – I just don’t think Obama would be able to stomach having to make such a speech. And even if he did…. would we believe him?
If you know me, you know I love to read. And from time to time, I pick up a military novel. This time, “Executive Order”.
I’d like to share a page I was reading today – because Mr Clancy is very good at having Jack Ryan (great character), explain what it means to be an American.
“Thomas Jefferson wrote that governments derive their just powers from the consent o the governed. That’s you. The Constitution is something you should all reasd. The Constitution of the United States was not written to tell you what to do. The Constitution establishes the relationship among the three branches of government. It tells the government what it may do, and it also tells the government what it may not do. The government mayu not restrict your speech. The government may not tell you how to pray. The government may not do a lot of things. Government is a lot better at taking things away than it is at giving, but most of all, the government does not empower you. You empower the government. Ours is a government of the people. You are not a people who belong to the government.”
You know what… I think I like reading this Mr. Clancy.
(Nancy): Your Presidency… you told us the American people didn’t care about process…
(Obama): And they don’t…trust me.
(Nancy): Well, it seems they are VERY interested in one part of the process
(Obama): And what would that be?
(Nancy): Article One, Section Four, Clause One
(Obama): And what would that be?
(Nancy): Your Presidency – you mock me – we both know I am refering to the mandate that federal elections occur on Tuesday after the first Monday in November…
(Obama): November…No-vember… NO-vember….sounds like a month named after Republicans, doesn’t it.
(Nancy): Your Presidency – what are we going to do? We can’t afford to loose the House – we still have so much more to take over..I mean, take on..
(Obama): Here you go Nancy… let me sign this Executive Order – your problems are solved.
(Nancy) I don’t understand…
(Obama): It’s easy – by Executive Order, I decree all calenders to now only contain 11 months. We just drop November.
Just remember folks – after the French Revolution, they redesigned the entire calender. In fact, so have a number of other “Revolutions”. So why would this be any different?
Well, I’m on the low side of the 40s, and after roaming through different adventures in life(parachute logo – hint, hint), I finally settled down.
Today, I am the father of a four year old – who has told me “When his next birtday happens, he will be a teen-ager”.
Then there’s his brother – just turned one, and more than ready and eager to follow his brother’s footsteps.
You know life has changed… when the best part of the day is being able to it down with your son and play Lego Star Wars on the WII.
Now, for the longest time, I’ve always looked forward to one day owning a Harley Davidson. No just any old bike, but a Hot that calls out to the road. And then live life like a Bob Seeger song.
You know life has changed… when you find yourself thinking about a long motor home, and rolling along that long black ribbon, with the wife riding shotgun, listening to the boys in the bunk overhead, as they laugh and enjoy every moment.
And maybe, after the sun goes down and everyone has dozed off … I’ll slide my favorite Seeger CD into the player.
(Fade in …)
(Commentator): During last week’s episode of H.G Wells “Time Machine”, our hero Barack and his trusty side-kick went back to the turn of the century to make things right
(Barack): Well Joe, we did a good job of saving convincing the President he needed to save the makers of the Horse Saddle from going out of business
(Joe): Yeah – and it only cost 3 billion dollars
(Barack): Cost isn’t important Joe…what’s important is making sure the saddle makers don’t go out of business…. it would be devastating to the economy.
(Joe): Yeah – damn those horse-less carriages. Don’t they know those things are going to be bad for the environment?
(Barack): Well Joe.. our work here is done…but our real work is never done!
(Joe): Yeah – so we are we going now?
(Barack): We’re going to jump forward in time a little bit… seems the Propellor Makers are going to go out of business and we have to save them as well.
(Joe): Yeah – damn those jet engines – don’t they know those are bad for the environment?
(Commentator): Join us next week as we continue on with the adventures of Barack and Joe – Saving everyone, because… they deem it necessary!