Once in a while I will come up with an idea for a blog and the same (or similar) sentiment will be voiced on the news… or the internet… a few days-to-weeks later. This time I ran across a similar type of reasoning…only the U.S. President wasn’t the same one that this Democratic Senator chose to highlight, on the senate floor, back in 2003. It is amazing to see that seizure of “power” does not bring clarity when political agendas (or corruption) are present.
I must first acknowledge the original fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes courtesy of Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen (1837). The premise is that an emperor cared more about his appearance than wisely ruling his realm. Two corrupt individuals promised him the finest clothing in the world, which would be made of a rare cloth, invisible to anyone who was either stupid or not worthy of “his” position. The Emperor and his ministers could not see the cloth either, however, they pretended to…so they would not appear mentally deficient or unworthy. When the “swindlers” returned with the apparel, the ruler paraded through the streets and revealed his new clothes. As the procession continued, the perplexed people “OOHED-and-AAHED” because they too did not want to seem dim-witted. One child called out from the crowd and revealed that the Emperor had “nothing on” and the crowd realized their own error in judgement. The prideful Emperor decided to continue on, even though he realized he was both duped and naked, and the chamberlains continued to carry the robe’s train…which did not exist.
I will have to thank Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) for some of the material in this blog. He was talking about the Iraq war, however, the similarity of the new Administration and majority Congress…to heed sound judgement…seems uncanny. I will number his quotes, for ease of reference, and put my alterations in red. Notice how easily one can substitute the words with economic issues of today. (1) Those who have dared to expose the nakedness of the Administration’s policies in Iraq--economic policies in the U.S.--have been subjected to scorn..have had our patriotism questioned. (2) The right to ask questions, debate, and dissent is under attack. The drums of war are beaten ever louder in an attempt to drown out those who speak of our predicament in stark terms. (2) SAME SCENARIO TODAY (3) Even in the Senate, our history and tradition of being the world’s greatest deliberative body is being snubbed. This huge spending ill has been rushed through this chamber in just one month. (3) SAME SCENARIO TODAY (4) I cannot stand by and continue to watch our grandchildren become increasingly burdened by the billions that fly out of the Treasury for a war--"economic disasters"-- and a policy based largely on propaganda and prevarication. (5) It is dangerous to manipulate the truth. It is dangerous because once having lied, it is difficult to ever be believed again…this Administration must now attempt to sustain a policy predicated on falsehoods. (5) SAME SCENARIO TODAY (6) But the time has come for the sheep-like political correctness which has cowed members of this Senate to come to an end. The Emperor has no clothes. (6) DITTO! It is time for congressional leaders of both major parties to quit sacrificing our freedoms…and those of future generations...because of party ties. I fear the robe’s train is coming and America is holding on to nothing...I know Congress is.
Note: When a Doppler weather station issues a disaster warning...it is heeded. When economic indicators issue disaster warnings...the Obama Administration keeps recalculating. When do we take cover?
Note: Have you ever wondered if the Obama Administration is selling us out?
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 6-13-09