America’s choice: Stand or Fall

October 1, 2017

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
….Aaron Tippin/Buddy Brock RCA Nashville 1991

What a week. What an absolutely, unforgettable, unbelievable, I can’t believe we’ve sunk this low week.

For seven and a half years the Republican Party promised repeal of Obamacare and now that they’ve got a President who would actually sign legislation that would do just that, a four clowns stepped out to protect the rest of their Senatorial cowards and once again, the status quo remains the status quo.

Susan Collins, claimed it didn’t do enough to protect Maine. (Well Ms. Collins, what about the rest of America? Does the country no longer count?) John McCain whined about “regular order” while ignoring that the most regular order of all is the orginalist Federalism approach of the Graham-Cassidy bill that would have sent healthcare back to the states.

Rand Paul of Kentucky was, well Rand Paul, “look at me, look at me, I’m “principled”. Hate to tell you Rand, but all those tens of thousands of middle class families and small business owners being crushed by the premium and deductible increases under Obamacare could care less about your faux “principles’. And Ted Cruze? WTH Ted? You plotting to take McCain’s place as the most bitter, vindictive petty man of the Senate?

Leaving Obamacare in place leaves in place the federal government controlling that which it has no business controlling: the most private and intricate details of each and every American life. And it virtually guarantees that future generations will inherit more debt and less liberty.

Then there’s the National Federation of Losers more commonly known as the NFL.

The NFL that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into addressing the rampant domestic violence among its ranks.

The NFL that so over-hyped “deflate gate” it made the Kardashian’s look modest.

The NFL that plays in stadium after stadium subsidized by local and state tax dollars.

The NFL that regulates exactly what each and every player can wear, when he can wear it and choreographs down to the step what dances are allowed in the end zone decided that when it came to standing up for the national anthem of the country that has made it and its’ privileged owners and pampered players billions upon billions of dollars chose instead to “take a knee” and turn one of the last refuges from politics left to Americans into one giant cesspool of exactly that.

Not to be outdone, the Democrats couldn’t resist falling back to their old playbook within minutes of President Trump unveiling his framework for much needed tax cuts and long over due reform. Before the ink was even dry, before a debate one even had, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the microphones with the same old tired tripe. “It seems that President Trump and Republicans have designed their plan to be cheered in the country clubs and the corporate boardrooms,” and dubbing it nothing but “wealth-fare” and “…little more than an across-the-board tax cut for America’s millionaires and billionaires.”

And it all happened because we the people let it.

We the people elected the cowards in the Senate who would not take the tough vote today to save tomorrow for our children.

We allowed our culture to become so devolved from reality and ignorant of history that millions of Americans wrongly believe that private employees (NFL players) have a Constitutional right to protest while on the job. (A job that has an average salary of over $2 million smackeroos a year mind you.)

And it was a far too many “we” that cheered Chuck Schumer’s baseless diatribe for no other reason than it was against the opposing team.

So tis left to the rest of us to take a stand.

Love us, hate us, call us whatever name you want, but know we’ll not go quietly into the night.

And know you can rest assured that when that “Oh say can you see………” starts coming through those loudspeakers, hands will be on hearts, eyes will be on the flag, and there won’t be a knee one taken among us.  No matter who our mothers are.

Publisher’s note:  A version of this column first appeared in the October 1, 2017 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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