Where are the REAL Reformers?
– by David Matthews 2
I have a simple question…
Whatever happened to REAL reform in America?
Seriously, where is it? Where are the reformers?
The so-called Tea Party crowd continually whines about wanting “their country back”, but they don’t really know what that was or how to get it back other than they don’t like the people in government right now and they want THAT to change.
“Taxed Enough Already” they claim. Really? Can you prove it with your own tax returns? Probably not. Unless you’re rich enough to bankroll groups like the Tea Party crowd.
Okay, presuming you don’t like the tax system as it is… what do you want to change it TO? Flat tax? Value-Added Tax? FairTax? Or do you just want another batch of tax breaks and let everything stand?
They don’t know! That’s the problem! They don’t KNOW what they want; they just don’t like things as they are right now!
“Less government”. That’s another tricky mantra. But less of WHAT kind of government? Less FEMA? You want to clean up the Gulf oil yourself? Less military? Oh, no, can’t do that! Gotta support the troops! Less federal law enforcement? No, need more Immigration people! And don’t forget the p0rn0-p0lice and the FCC! Gotta “save the children”! Less federal money for education? HELL NO! “No child left behind”, right? Highway funding? You’ve got to be kidding!
Again, they don’t KNOW what they want; they just don’t like what things are right now.
Well how about the LEADERSHIP of these “don’t like things now” people? There IS leadership, right? There are people they can back, right?
Scott Brown, maybe? You know, the guy who took Teddy Kennedy’s seat in the US Senate?
Sssss… oooh… sore subject. He wasn’t even in the chair long enough to get splinters before he began to flake and campaign against someone who wasn’t even running. Then he began to broker deals with the Dems. He’s already behaving like the establishment.
How about Rand Paul? He just won the GOP nomination for the Kentucky Senate Seat running on the full “Tea Party” rhetoric. Surely HE would be…
Senator John McCain has gone from “Maverick” to “Establishment”. Sarah “Quitter” Palin is off milking the world of TV for her own projects. The whole “Tea Party” group is essentially ten thousand Indians and no chief.
It’s a pity too, because maybe if they DID have a leader they could be pointed in the right way. They could at least decide what they want to do to change things instead of just not liking how things are and crying about wanting “their country back”. (Here’s a hint: it never was really “theirs” in the first place.)
You know, I seem to recall that professional wrestler Sergeant Slaughter used that as his catchphrase to go from a bad guy back to a good guy. It was a series of props and tours and speeches and then finally he waved his flag and said “I got my country back!” Pity the Tea Party crowd can’t be appeased in the same way.
Well the truth is that there ARE some problems that need fixing, and we can’t wait to let the Tea Party crowd scratch their butts and grunt like troglodytes as they try to get their act together.
So let’s see how that great mainstream fixer President Obama is handling things.
Healthcare… he let the career politicians in the Congressional committees run secret meetings (so much for transparency), didn’t deliver on single payer, didn’t deliver on public option, REQUIRED that all people get insurance whether they could afford to or not, and made so many deals that there has to be a FIX to FIX the FIX.
Finance Reform… well that’s still being hashed out by Congress, but both the House and the Senate have watered-down what they WANTED to pass. They ALREADY caved to the big banks and to Wall Street last year with credit card reform, and it is clear that they’re caving to them this time around with the overall reform.
Energy… well that hasn’t become an issue so far, other than the HUGE oil slick in the Gulf that pretty much put the kibosh on the whole “Drill Baby Drill” rhetoric.
The economy hasn’t exactly been doing too well either, despite the cheerleader rhetoric that Obama’s people have been giving. Long-term unemployment is a serious issue, as are bank shutdowns and foreclosures. And rather than dealing with those problems, Obama’s people have watched as GOP insurrectionists drive millions into abject destitution for political purposes by playing chicken with unemployment assistance. They’re using short-term solutions to deal with a LONG-term problem and then wondering why nothing is working!
Let’s get brutally honest here… America is getting short-changed in ANY kind of actual recovery program! The people who are SCREAMING for reform don’t know WHAT kind of reform they want, and they’re turning to leadership that is pretty much absent. And the people INSIDE the system are serving up nothing but screwjobs on top of screwjobs and hoping things will get better.
Listen, folks, THERE ARE groups and ideas that will bring the kind of reform that the Tea Party people are claiming to want. Stop listening to the pop icon puppets and start paying attention to those REAL alternatives.
YES it means leaving the GOP. YES it means actually snubbing the “mainstream”. YES it means turning OFF Fox News. It means voting third party. It means doing some research and actually making some decisions.
You want change? You want REAL change? Fine. Figure out WHAT kind of change you want. THEN start working on making it happen.