It's always interesting to watch a contest isn't it. Sports, politics, academics, business, it really doesn't matter what the venue, there has to be a winner and there has to be a loser. It's also interesting to watch the participants at the end of a contest.
Take, for example, the behavior of the contestants for Chattanooga's District 4 City Council seat. I watched Larry Grohn at a candidate forum strut his stuff for those in attendance relatively unperturbed by the sniping interruptions and snarky commentary from his opponent in the background.
I've also been made privy to his response when someone sent congratulations on election night; "You were my first contributor!" is what he stated. No braggadocio. No chest thumping. Just sincere thanks for assistance on the quest and a renewal of his promise to do what's best for his constituents, all of his constituents, not just those who've contributed to his campaign like Richard Floyd... and I still have those e-mails from Richard, who never learned we should never say or do anything we wouldn't want posted on a billboard beside the highway.
And Grohn's opponent? Throughout the campaign we saw whining and accusations, accusations that didn't stop even after all the screaming, and voting, was done... there were still accusations from the losing team that "(the opponent) was defeated by Mr. Larry Grohn last Tuesday in a mean-spirited run of election with below the belt dirty campaign tactics used against (the opponent)." Dude, like, what have you been smo... oops, I keep forgetting that promise to one of my favorite TreeHuggers to be nice, but after watching that campaign we also must wonder what alternate universe this person is wandering around in, don't we. Who kept making attacks upon whom? Perhaps if Mr. Grohn's incumbent opponent had shown some leadership, true leadership instead of just following along with what the ruling elite wanted, he wouldn't have had opponents at all, much less one who would take him down so decisively.
But that's the difference between a hawk and a duck, isn't it. A hawk hunts down his dinner while a duck sort of wanders around waiting for dinner to come by so he can pounce on it... quack, quack.
Congressman Scott DesJarlias, M.D., states: "the Keystone XL Pipeline... would bring oil to the United States from our friendly neighbor Canada. Not only would this project help to drive down gas prices, it would create tens of thousands of construction and refinery jobs for Americans" and "Canada has already indicated that if we don’t start construction, they have another buyer lined up for their oil – China."
Well no screamin' eagle stuff, quack quack. We have resources in North America second to none, but we still send megabucks to nations that hate us while we subsidize exports of food to those very same nations instead of telling them to eat their oil. One of my company's customers is pumping 1.2 Billion cubic feet of natural gas a month, every month, but that could also be every week, from just one leg, over on the other side of Memphis. Some of us have had neighbors disappear, only to turn up working out in northwestern America in the Bakkan Formation and the Williston Basin where there are humongous deposits of oil and other resources. But we still send tax dollars to people who hate us, while congressmen give us wha... um, there I go again, nice, be nice... while our congressmen give us excuses why they're impotent, soprano singer type of impotent, to do anything to correct that situation.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Esquire, tells us, as reported here on the Chattanoogan.com; a new uranium processing facility recently approved at Oak Ridge "will be the largest construction project in the state's history." and that it will be "equivalent to 10-12 Volkswagen plants."
Considering that Oak Ridge is the oldest nuclear processing facility in the world and if not the largest, one of the largest, facilities capable of performing such services, doesn't that just make one want to stand back and say "Like, cowabunga dude." One must also wonder what the good congressman committed to in return. Quaaaaack!
Our homies, Tennessee Senators Corker and Alexander, Bob and Lamar to those who want to feel important, will vote for cloture to prevent filibuster of a bill that would limit our God given, natural rights guaranteed by the second amendment of the Constitution of these grand United States of America. Oh, they tell us there needs to be debate on the subject but that only begs the question... when did our Constitution come up for debate? Don't like it? Checky checky Article V. There's a very well defined process and procedure for amending it. Leaders, quack quack? Leaders, true leaders, true statesmen, would be at the fore explaining there is no debate of natural, God given rights of the citizens of this nation, the greatest nation to ever grace the face of Planet Terra.
Like Crispian St. Peters sang back in the '60s they tell us "follow me, I'm the Pied Piper, trust in me, I'm the Pied Piper... follow me... trust in me, I'm the Pied Piper." And where, exactly where, quack quack, has that gotten us?
Congress turned victory into resounding defeat during Viet Nam, by defunding the effort... leaving all those we lost, their blood and their honor, there without even a second thought.
Our Republican lead(?) congress complains, quack quack, about the Affordable Care Act, rules and regulations of which were not available when they passed it into law, with more and more regulations coming to light every day. But the solution is easy... defund it.
We're told the welfare system is out of control and there isn't a lot they can do to correct it, quack quack. Defund it.
Republican elites bemoan, quack quack, the vacation expenditures of our President and his family. Who controls the purse strings of this nation? Congress. Defund his excursions. Be good parents and cut off his allowance, send him to his room without dessert, and make him eat okry... boiled okry.
Republican elites run around as if there's nothing they can do, quack quack, about the excessive spending that's causing significant pain, financial loss, and yes, even failure of citizens of this nation. They have a right to fail. Where do they get the right to cause others to fail? Where to they get the right to take from working citizens so they can give to those who will not?
We're told cutting off the money stream will cause the government to shut down, our military will not be paid, the nation's bills won't be paid. All of these are required to continue. It's a constitutional requirement they be paid.
There is no constitutional requirement to pay those who will not work, send citizens' hard earned tax dollars to other nations, or otherwise waste citizens' resources.
In his song We Weren't Born To Follow, Jon Bon Jovi wrote:
We weren't born to follow
Come on get up off of your knees
When life is a bitter pill to swallow
You gotta hold on to what you believe
Believe that the sun will shine tomorrow
And that your saints and sinners bleed
We weren't born to follow
You gotta stand up for what you believe
When will our congress decide to stop whining, get up off of their knees, and stop flocking around like ducks, quack quack? They're our champions, don't you know. Just ask them.
Yeah, just ask them.
Red tailed hawks like the one that flew across the road in front of us the other day with a huge snake in its talons are what we need today, not ducks who're just wandering around wondering what the heck happened because of their failure to lead.
Royce Burrage, Jr.