Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell Me

I have awoken in high dudgeon. You know it takes hearing something a couple of times before it sinks in, but I can tell you now that I’m not liking what I’m hearing from the Democrats.
I only caught a snippet of Hillary sitting in a comfy chair and telling me she wants to have a conversation. Her public relations person, Karen Hicks, used that verbiage too. Well, my response is “lady, I do not have time to have a conversation with you. I’m too busy trying to think of ways to straighten out the mess you all have made in Washington. Because, you know, the Republicans didn’t do it all by themselves.”

I do not want to hear about conversations and I do not want to hear about having more hope from Obama and making a big effort together from Dodd. This is not an “ask not what your country can do for you” moment. This is a “we’re really sorry we screwed up” moment. It’s a moment to get to work and figure out how this mess is going to get straightened out.

Because, things didn’t just “happen.” Mistakes weren’t just made. Jobs did not move overseas by themselves. The ruling elite, both in government and out, got seduced by the notion of being a global presence, of jetting around the orb we call earth and having adventures and taking risks with other people’s money and other people’s kids. And the worst part of all is that they all pretended to be doing it for us. And now that us has been totally screwed, they want us to buck up, to take a deep breath, to put our heads together and set it all right.

Well, we the people have been doing our job. We the people have been working so hard and running from pillar to post that we don’t have time to think. And the people who know so much can’t be bothered????

It’s time for people who think they’re so clever and smart to fess up that they have made a mess and that they’re going to clean it up. How come the people who got re-elected didn’t get the message that the ones that didn’t get re-elected were the worst. That the incumbents that were retained were simply given a second chance? How come they think that having been elected to one job that they didn’t do very well, they should be angling for another one for which they haven’t even prepared?

Dodd bragging about HAVA is incredible. I just hope nobody that designed No Child Left Behind desides to set up a national campaign and tout that as an achievement!!!! Talk about adding insult to injury!!

Dodd talking about how elementary education has been short-changed was almost as bad. The problem in the 21st Century isn’t a lack of education and it isn’t competing with the kids of other nations whose education is much better. The problem is being expected to compete for work with people who have almost no education, people like our great grandparents who built this great nation with almost no education and almost no English to boot.

We don’t need a whole lot of people who understand computers so they can sit at consoles dreaming up cyberwarfare. We don’t need people who can design more satellites and the lasers to knock them out of space. We don’t need to explore the new frontier of space after having made hell on earth for most of the earth’s population. We don’t need our local police departments training the cops to track predators on the internet, training that will then prepare them for snooping into what all of us are up to.

Mainly we don’t need people telling us what’s for our own good and then selling us down the creek. Hypocrisy is too good a word for that. What word shall we use?

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2 Responses to Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell Me

  1. epm January 22, 2007 at 5:06 am #

    What word shall we use?


  2. Frodo January 23, 2007 at 7:10 am #

    I like the idea of candidates wanting to hae a conversation with voters. I want them to be interested in what I have to say, and what you have to say.  Are we in a mess?  Yes – but maybe if the Bushies had thought it was important to have a conversation with the people of the country, we wouldn’t be in such a mess.  You say you don’t want people telling us what is for our own good, but you object to a conversation? 

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