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For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Over the last few months it’s been quite difficult for me to write, not because there’s been a lack of things to write about, but rather a lack of will. All the threats couldn’t stop me from writing, the name calling was water off a ducks back, losing the election only strengthened my will. Nothing, it seemed, was capable of causing me to stop writing about what I believed in… that was until I looked across the sea of the Right and saw as much self service as I saw on the left. Politics, it seems, is like a rotting piece of meat, it just naturally attracts the maggots.
There’s no one a worse of a leader than somebody who knows everything and has little experience. You may think I’m speaking of our President and you’d be right, but he’s not the only problem. I’m also talking about the incalculable amount of people on the Right, or rather the people opposed to the President who seems more interested in self promotion than actually standing for what’s right. I find it utterly annoying that I’m getting notices from people to join their “fan pages” because they’ve made one appearance on Neil Cavuto or Sean Hannity. They’ve got their battles, they think their the glorious knight riding gallantly into battle, but they’ve got no horse.
I can’t help but to be reminded of the story of Arthur McArthur who picked up his regiment’s flag, and ran up Missionary Ridge calling his regiment to follow him up to the top, while Sherman and Grant watched from Lookout Mountain in disbelief since they had not given the order. McArthur, so tired and out of breathe, collapsed while his regiment took the hill. That move ended the battle of Chattanooga and won Arthur McArthur the Congressional Medal of Honor. He had a son named Douglas McArthur .
I think of that story because one rose naturally in the heat of the battle and real history was made not once, but twice, not because they’ve made their way, but because they were prepared and the circumstances came. We are at a time when greatness is desperately needed, we’ve got a President who is setting up Czars to replace the Senate, is quickly making dramatic changes to our nation that devalues our dollars, gives government incredible powers over our health and health care, is lining up enemies that all seem to be Americans, and making allies out of enemies of Freedom. He’s slow to make decisions concerning the safety and well being of our soldiers, has been incompetent in telling us where the money has gone including telling us money has gone to congressional districts that don’t even exists, and pretends that it’s not serious. It won’t be long before this President tries to undo the constitutional amendment that prohibits any person from serving more than two terms as President… and many on the Right are more interested in their own self serving, self righteous, self promotion… their own relevancy.
They want perfection, attacking Cao when regardless of how Cao voted, they would never vote for him, or could never vote for him. Some will never vote Republican any way, but most of Cao’s criticism comes from outside his district. Truth is, we didn’t lose that vote because Cao was the lone Republican who voted for health care and Cao’s constituents probably wanted him to vote that way. In fact, I think it’s embarrassing the Democrats went on T.V. talking about how the bill was “bipartisan” because one Republican voted with them, while more Democrats voted against them. How any Democrat can look at the T.V. and be proud the Democrats got a “Bipartisan vote” is beyond me. I was embarrassed for the Democrats. I was humiliated for the Democrats, proud to be a Republican, but humiliated and embarrassed that I actually was raised a Democrat. Which was more “Bipartisan”? The vote for, or the vote against? We didn’t lose the vote on health care because of Cao, we lost the vote because we couldn’t get enough Democrats to vote against it.
And we are on the verge of losing again because Harry Reid is bringing the vote to the floor of the Senate, where he wouldn’t be doing unless he was sure that he had enough votes… and Mary Landrieu will vote for it when it comes right down to it. Senate Mary Landrieu will be voting for the bill unless they have enough votes without her. Why else do you think that 100 million is even in there that goes strictly for Louisiana? That clause isn’t in there just for Mary’s vote, it’s in there because she’s agreed to vote for it. Mary’s betting that you’ll forget this health care vote before it’s time to re-elect her… not because she’s trying to bring home the bacon. You’ll forget she did that too by the time she gets re-elected.
But here’s the kicker, much of that health care bill goes into effect after “Obama’s re-election” so if you do forget, you won’t feel the effect before he takes office. Mary Landrieu’s re-election? In 2014, after much of this bill goes into effect, and you start to actually feel exactly how bad this bill’s going to be. It’s not just going to be old women who discover cancer late because they couldn’t get a mammogram, but their husbands, children, friends, and the rest of their families will be going to vote with that fresh in their minds… and they’ll have Mary Landrieu to thank for that.
So why is Mary Landrieu so willing to betray her state knowing what’s in this bill, and knowing that much of this takes effect just before her re-election? One has to wonder if Obama’s administration has the goods on Landrieu, that there’s a reason the FBI is coming down so hard on Louisiana, and why Mary Landrieu stuck her nose into Baton Rouge’s bond election. It wasn’t that long ago that Nancy Pelosi got a few Democrats in the house to buckle their knees with threats of ethics investigations. Is this also the case with Landrieu, who knows voting for this will cost her re-election? Would it actually be worse for her to vote the will of her constituents than to vote the will of Harry Reid, President Obama, and Nancy Pelosi? There is no way Mary Landrieu will ever be able to come back to Louisiana as the “moderate Senator” after bowing down to the Democrat leadership.
While many on the Right are still causing disarray by worrying about their own ambitions, those Republicans that endorsed Mary Landrieu may have just cost us the war because they didn’t want to be the nail in the shoe. They’re going to have a backlash against them by their constituents. As for the simpletons who are as concerned about “neocons”, the GOP, and other petty things, well they’ll be left out on an island, living as “Neo” in the Matrix in their own minds, not accomplishing anything, but convinced they are saving the world. Those who put the imperfections to the side and their own ambitions away and those who unite for the common cause to end this iron fisted grab at government control over our daily lives will be in the fight.
I think of Thomas Jefferson, who during trying times, would much rather have been at his home in Monticello, but left not for his own ambitions, not to save the world, but out of duty. He stood quietly in Independence Hall, while men who thought theirselves great men orated for hours on end. Jefferson stood quietly, and wrote the Declaration of Independence. He’s remembered, the other 55 nearly forgotten.
While I sound as if I’m being critical, I am. However, as I’ve been able to witness over the last few weeks, the rank and file of those willing to be nothing more than nail in the shoe, or whatever else duty calls them to do, is swelling in numbers. This health care bill is going to pass, and Democrats are going to have a very long and brutal 2010.
As for the rest of the Jack Strains out there, either join the unified front, or be on an island with your petty differences with the world and your personal ambitions.