Monday, June 28, 2010

Come Monday...Politics As Usual

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

Last Thursday (June 24th), the [CBS Evening News] broadcast a report about how few of the authorized National Guard troops available have actually been deployed to help with the clean-up of the massive [BP] oil spill down in the [Gulf of Mexico], and I was absolutely shocked. For out of the 17,500 available troops, only 1,640 had been deployed. The state by state breakdown of that was 1,053 out of 6,000 for Louisiana, 58 out of 6,000 for Mississippi, 432 out of 3,000 for Alabama and 97 out of 2,500 for Florida.

No, I cannot naturally blame you a bit for being quite skeptical. For it defies reason, but you can go [here] to check it out for yourself.

On the hand, it all makes perfect sense. For the more damage that is wrought, the worse it becomes for [President Obama], and that would be in the best interest of all who do not want see him reelected.

It should be easy to see. For the governors of [Louisiana], [Mississippi] and [Alabama] are all [Republicans], and the governor of [Florida] is a former Republican.

Yes, I could be sorely mistaken. For it was reported in that CBS Evening News segment that it is out of a fear of scaring off tourists that the governors of Alabama and Florida have been reluctant to deploy all of their available troops, and CBS is notorious for being unabashedly liberal (as in generally being anti-Republican) in their coverage.

Furthermore, it could also be simply a matter of costing too much, but that doesn’t track. For BP is supposed to be picking up the tab.

Ah, but maybe it is still a matter of being unaffordable? For the more it costs BP, the closer to bankruptcy they become, and the last thing President Obama wants is to lose even more jobs in this economy.

Yes, he could blame it all on the Republicans. For while [President Bush] was in office, oversight of the oil industry became rather lax—at best.

To be quite honest about it, I have been enthusiastically in favor of drilling for oil as much as possible, and I generally considered it to be asinine to impose so many rules on the industry. However, I had no idea that such a disaster was even possible.

No, I do not see it happening anytime soon (if ever), but I do believe the time has come for us to do away with our two party system. In fact, I would like to see the end of all political parties. For too many policies have been implemented based solely upon what is in the best interest of the party—not the country, and adding even more political parties to the mix would just spread the malaise over a greater area.

Yes, it could be argued that this would be just opening another can of worms. For instead of something being in the best interest of the Republican or [Democratic] Party, having no party affiliations would invariable lead to cults of personality, but haven’t we gone there already (i.e.: [Reaganomics])?

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  1. It is pretty sickening how even during a crisis so many politicians put politics over people.
    The exact opposite of what they were elected to do.

  2. Amen to that, my dear Darrell. Tragically, it will probably get much worse before it gets any better. Thanks for stopping by again!!!

  3. There is certainly enough blame from the old spill to cover all the politicians. Amen to all you say.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Patricia!!! It just makes me sick that so many see nothing really wrong the way things are. Yes, it can be argued that even this is all part of our Heavenly Father's plan, but that doesn't mean that He wants us to stay so messed up.

  5. Well put item.
    Obama faces much more opposition than he expected. Republicans and racists I suspect.

    Political parties, or groups working together, will always exist. Politicians will always look after themselves!

  6. A change is definitely in order but not of the kind that we just got as of the last election. It's a shame that no matter who gets elected it's all about the power, the money and the party and the people are the ones that suffer.

  7. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Adullamite!!! Yes, I suspect that there is a certain amount of racism at work here--especially when the deep south is involved. For it is so deeply ingrained down there, and all of the progress that has been made has been merely superficial--at best.

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! Before he was elected president, it was revealed to me that Obama was a politician at heart, and that he would not be as bad as his opponents feared, nor as good as his supporters hoped. With the Democrats holding such an overwhelming majority in both houses, I would think that he would have accomplished a lot more of what he wanted to do than he has by now, however.


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