I’m so proud that Patty Murray, House Democrat, and Maria Cantwell, Senate Democrat, are from Washington state. Both have made comments this week stating that we would be better off going over the “fiscal cliff.” This kind of thinking is what made this country great. We should never compromise with the “other” party. Instead of compromise we should self-inflict credit down-grades, and avoid balancing a budget until we get sufficient leverage over the other party. Why pay our bills anyway? We’re America. People will always buy our debt; where else are they going to go… Japan? Hell the people who vote our Congress, President, and Senate in will only suffer a little bit from their unwillingness to do the job. I mean, why solve such an important issue? They can always go on vacation and push it further out. It’s not as if, voters pay their salary. Oh wait. If you can sift through the massive amount of sarcasm, follow me.
Let me be clear, it is NOT the point of this piece of this article to put down Democrats. These two ladies have been the only law-makers that have made comments implying that it would be beneficial to jump off said cliff. We all know that both sides are equally stubborn. If you have ever had a question about where the House and Senate’s loyalties lie, this should make it VERY clear. Instead of tirelessly working on a Grand Bargain that can lead to avoiding this problem, they are holding strong to their donors’ wishes. This has nothing to do with voters. If it did, they would get this solved. Instead special interests, lobbyists, and large donors have their loyalties. No one is willing to bend for fear that they will not have the flood of donations after all is said and done. Bottom line, all they care about is being re-elected. This fact looms largest: 94% of the time the winner of an election is the candidate that raised the most campaign money. So in essence they know they will win yours/my vote if they spend enough money on the campaign. The only way to do so is to keep their campaign donors, lobbyists, and special interests happy.
As we close in on Memorial day, my mind drifts to images to two soldiers dug into a fox hole sharing a lucky strike. One has a bit of a Bronxified Italian accent, the other has a the diction of a news reporter. They talk about the girls from back home they want to take to a drive-in picture show. For the moment there doesn’t seem to be any immediate danger of a Nazi soldier sneaking up on them even though you can hear the shells landing in the not-too-far-off distance. Later the conversation drifts to the Yankees and Joe DiMaggio. Neither one of them are old enough to buy a beer, but both enjoy another cigarette.
Almost every ten years we go to war. Men and women die; we remain free. I don’t mean free as in, I’m not an in shackles free, but something much more than just that. I can wake up on Sunday and go to any kind of church I want. At the beginning of the work week, I can mop floors or study at the university of my choice. If I feel disenchanted with the government, I can voice my opinion at the top of my lungs, and go out to vote. I can blog about it, update my Facebook status, or shoot out a tweet. Bottom line, as long as I am not stepping on someone else’s rights, I can do just about any damn thing I like.
These freedoms have been paid for with blood, someones son, daughter, husband, wife, grandson, lover, etc. There are no words to explain the gratitude, just an understanding of what it has taken to get here. The problem is that we are not holding up our end of the bargain. Soldiers have died on our behalf to uphold our freedoms and we are allowing a failing government to ruin what our forefathers intended us. Our nation has become bought and sold. Our lawmakers campaign and fundraise the vast majority of their political lives. While in office they fight for the people who put them there, their campaign donors.
Our veterans and those that we have lost did not fight to protect the corporatocracy of USA, they are fighting for the U.S.A. and our democratic values we are slowly, but surely, losing. We owe it to them to research the people we vote for. A thirty-second commercial does nothing to tell you about a candidate. Look up their voting record. Write a letter to your local congressman or woman about the stupidity of campaign finance and existence of Super PACs. Do something to hold up our end of the deal we made with our sons, daughters, husbands, and mothers that fight for our rights!