But, to begin with, I have to do something that I never thought I would do and I never thought was in the realm of possibility. Based upon the knowledge available thus far, I have to give kudos to Bill Clinton. Unless evidence appears that he sold the country out or promised something to the North Korean government, he is owed a thank you for precipitating the release of the two imprisoned American journalists. So, kudos are being given to a Democrat in this column. A bet a whole bunch of you never thought that would happen!
I wish I could say the same about anyone else in the Democratic Party. But, unfortunately I cannot. The Democratic members of Congress are currently walking around the country attending town hall meetings with their constituents and are holding scripted material with speaking points probably written by the DNC or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid on how to react to the brewing storm over the evil and hated health care “destruction” bill.
The Democratic propaganda machine has gone so far as to say that Fox News and Radical Right Wing Political Groups are planting crazies at the town hall meetings and tea parties to save the Republicans’ crumbling organization in an attempt to embarrass Democratic members of Congress. Has it even dawned upon the Liberal Media and the DNC, that maybe there is a growing grass roots movement against them? That, in eight short months, they have gone from the saviors of the western world to “business as usual,” in Congress as stated so eloquently in this column last week by Ira Schwartz.
And, most important of all, isn’t this Democratic Propaganda Machine now the pot calling the kettle black? It seems that after eight years of them using the same sleazy tactics on the Bush Administration, they just cannot believe that maybe this is really the people speaking. The citizens complaining at town hall meetings are not “plants” but a real grass roots swell. The people want their country back. The DNC is firm in their belief that the RNC would use exactly the same tactics as it has used in the past. Planting people at political rallies to cause a raucous is not only a DNC trick, but also the documented behavior of ACORN.
All the DNC should do is read some of the comments written by the readers of both right and left wing blogs. The anger within the country is real. The people of this country do not now and have never wanted European style socialism. In fact, even within the hallowed bastion of the Democratic Party, the “People’s Republic of Southern California,” there is a growing grass roots movement against Obama’s radical policies. If that is not true, how can you explain the mysterious appearance of posters depicting President Obama as the Joker (The Late Heath Ledger) with the word “Socialism” written beneath the image? No one would have ever believed that this could happen in Southern California.
Isn’t Southern California the place were the posters ridiculing Bush, Cheney etc., became a national phenomenon? Isn’t Southern California the place where a Republican has not been elected to a national position in eons? Isn’t Southern California the place where a conservative must attend secret meetings so as not to fear for his/her career because of his/her political views? And, now, the first physical depiction of a growing groundswell against President Obama is appearing here in, of all places, Southern California!
Maybe, during the summer recess, the members of Congress will begin to get the picture. The first term Democratic members may begin to fear for their jobs as they hear the complaints about what they are doing. Maybe, this will be the final nail in the coffin of “cap and trade,” and the beginning of true bipartisanship on health care reform. Maybe, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will begin to get the message. Although, I am very sure that since they believe they are holier than though, the grass roots movement could hit them in the head like a brick and they would never get it.
At this point, I would like to state a few things about “Cash for Clunkers.” This brilliant part of the stimulus bill has been an incredible success. However, our inept Congress has managed to screw this one up too. For example, the one billion dollars allocated to the program did not even last two weeks. It is now gone and Congress is scrambling to allocate another two billion dollars before summer recess to keep it going. Secondly, there was no condition on the type of cars purchased under the program. So, Congress, in its infinite wisdom is spending taxpayers’ money to make the Japanese rich. Four out of five of the top selling cars under this program are not American. Big surprise huh? I guess you cannot get people to buy unwanted GM or Chrysler vehicles even if you are giving the vehicles to them.
If Congress was trying to give the American carmakers a back door bailout, they forgot the most important part which would be that Americans would have to buy American cars in order to qualify for the taxpayer funded rebate. Duh!
Lastly, I think that everyone that is obsessed with this economic downturn should read the following book: “The Creature from Jekyll Island, a Second Look at the Federal Reserve” by G. Edward Griffin. Although it may have a little too much conspiracy theory spin, it is a good read and explains the monetary system of the United States in the clearest manner I have seen to date. It also may cause you to believe that going back to gold and/or silver standard may be the way to go.
In closing, I would like to thank Ira Schwartz and Chris Holmes for contributing columns last week as I was tied up in post-production trying to finish my latest film. Hopefully, they will continue contributing, if not weekly, then biweekly columns from this point forward!
©2009 by Frank T. DeMartini. Permission to copy will be granted freely upon request.