BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD
“God, save our nation from the fools.” All over this beloved country this prayer should be heard from those sane and even semi-religious Americans who care.
We have refrained lately from writing on the subject of debt control. Perhaps this is partially because everything sensible has been said and ignored by those few hundred mentally challenged folk sent to Washington to represent us. They prefer to stand with themselves uttering nothing sensible but listening to those utterances as if they were wisdom, or even patriotic gems.
This is difficult to write. We feel completely inadequate verbally in expressing our utter disdain and disgust for those extremist Republicans who have rendered dysfunctional our great experiment with democracy, one that managed to govern through some awfully bad historic times and emerged for them to render impotent if not destroy now.
These politically insane people have driven the country to exhaustion with their bickering, their rudeness, and the fiscal ideas and products of wantonly warped minds. They put nothing into true perspective, but they fit all things into their own warp of significance.
The nation faces ruin while they fiddle. The nation also faces international disgrace and dishonor, while they merrily dance around the pole with their colored ribbons and their own music. Of course, they do not understand dishonor and disgrace of not paying the bills.
Some of us served and suffered through long and bitter wars to preserve the honor of this nation. We resent having that national honor dumped as silage under cleft hoofs with bovine minds.
Everybody knows, that is everyone but these fools, that the time for arguing about spending is in the budget making process – planning and authorizing the funds to be spent and for what purposes. No debts are incurred, except for expenditures already authorized by Congress. All this talk of “blank checks” for the president is nonsense and plain buffoonery, except perhaps if speaking of Congress’ funding Bush’s misbegotten wars on credit for a trillion or so.
One thing honorable people do NOT do is to spend money, incur bills, debts, and future obligations, and then in some inane, cavalier fashion refuse to pay the bills. But these are the radicals we are letting call the shots in the Capitol.
Where did we get such people? Oh, yes, we elected them after seeing their sordid campaign ads in endless supply, paid for by their corporate sponsors. After seeing what we got from that last election, should we be wondering if the electorate itself doesn’t deserve mental re-evaluation? There must be some fools among us.
– Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard, aka The Militant Moderate, lives in Enid, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer