05 August 2009

Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

Alright, alright. Haven't we all had just about enough of this beer-gate horsedookey. What a load of crap. I continue to find reasons to be scared out of my mind for Obama being my president. A relatively minor incident (we find out it's minor after we get the facts) occurs in Cambridge, MA between a local police officer and a local professor, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS HEAVILY WEIGHING IN ON IT!

Does this not scare the snot out of you? Are you not scratching your head saying WTF? You should be. You should be gravely concerned that at least 2 full weeks of our country's time and effort were taken reviewing the ins and outs, pros and cons, etc. for this minor incident. What's unemployment up to? How's the credit crisis doing? What's the latest on the changes in healthcare reform for the elderly? YOU DON'T KNOW BECAUSE WE'RE DEBATING WHETHER THIS HOPS-GATE INCIDENT IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT!

At some point long ago I began figuratively stepping back and asking the question, "Why?" I began applying this litmus-type inquisition to various scenarios throughout my life and society: "Why would people remain in NOLA when federal orders were to leave? Why would Bill Clinton intentionally bomb an aspirin factory instead of a potential terrorist site? Why won't Obama allow the press (as if) to use his middle name? Why would CNN begin holding presidential debates 18 months prior to an election (a seemingly huge time prior to one)? And now, why would Obama get involved in what appears to be either a simply civilian issue or a simple misunderstanding or a miscommunication? Was the offended person related to the President? No. Did the offended person (who happened to be a black man) invoke the President's name at the time? No. Was the offended person indirectly related (through family) to the President? No. Was a possible terrorist involved? No. Did this occur on Federal property? No. Did this occur at a secret or military facility? No. Did the incident involve a high-ranking governmental official? No. Did the incident involve a low-ranking government official? No. Did the incident in ANY way involve a threat of ANY kind to our nation on behalf of another nation? No. Hmmmmmm. That's strange...why would the President of the United States of America get involved in this incident? YOU CAN'T ANSWER IT BECAUSE YOU'RE THINKING LOGICALLY OR YOU'RE TRYING TO USE REASON! There is NO logical reason for him to get involved. It was a simply civilian incident - the type that occurs many times a day EVERY DAY in our country. So now it's time FOR YOU to start thinking of other reasons.

1. Did Obama get involved because he wanted the nation's attention directed elsewhere? Yes. His UN-stimulus package has backfired and unemployment has gone up.

2. Did Obama need to improve his poll numbers by creating a diversion that was small yet controllable? Yes. His numbers in recent weeks are finally showing what most, thinking Americans have known all along - you can dress that bum (healthcare, not Obama) up in clothes and lipstick (no pun intended), but he's still a bum. No matter how you cut it, when you don't approach problems from a strong principled standpoint, it's eventually going to fail. You can't add 45 million people to healthcare who are not currently covered and get a) better healthcare, or b) lower costs (future blog coming on the cost, quality, and time triangle).

3. Was anything else happening or going to happen over the past 2 weeks that would need more attention than beer-gate? Yes. Pick any number of events from Obama's attempt to pass healthcare reform legislation in the middle of the night to dealing with North Korea's continued threat to bomb Hawaii (while we graciously continue to say, "If you cross this line, we will respond. Now, if you cross this line, we will respond...") to multiple states in our nation GOING BANKRUPT. Stimulus? When, where, and how?

Why, why, why? You should be terrified of the reason (or lack thereof). -RedAnt