(This was originally posted March 22, 2010)
**I write this while I still have a right to free speech. If you don’t agree with what I have written, that is your choice. If you agree, I hope you will enjoy my following musing.**
I was talking to my best friend this morning for a few minutes, and her dog started whinning for no apparent reason. I told her, maybe he can feel the earth trembling….from our all our founding fathers rolling in their graves! We laughed, but seriously, I don’t think they had playing ‘red rover, red rover’ on their minds when they wrote the Constitution. And, if you take the time to read the Constitution of the United States, they certainly didn’t have in mind this blatantly, obstinate behavior that is ever increasing in D.C.
You don’t remember the game ‘red rover, red rover’!! Oh, that is tragic, but allow me to remind you about how the game is played and maybe you’ll see my parrallel here. In ‘red rover, red rover’ kids are divided up into two teams. Each team forms a line at opposite ends of the yard, hands clasped tightly together. The goal is to not allow an opposing team player to break through the line when you call out, “red rover, red rover, send Billy right over”! If Billy does break through the line, then he gets to pick a person on that team to come back over to be on his team; but, if Billy doesn’t break through the line, then he has to stay and play on that team. The team with the most players at the end wins. Woo-hoo?
Now, doesn’t that sound a bit like how this whole healthcare thing has played out with the cronies in D.C? ‘Red rover, red rover, send Congressman Joe right over’; well, Joe didn’t break through the line so he has to stay and support that side. ‘Red rover, red rover, send Congressman Susie right over’, oh darn, she didn’t break through, she has to stay and play on that team now. Then, ‘red rover, red rover, send Congressman Ichabod right over, hey, he broke through, he can drag someone back to his team now. Woo-hoo? This game has played out for weeks, and culuminated to a volcanic head yesterday. In D.C. it may look more like, “I can hold this over your head, or you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours!”
You know, it was a fun game as a kid, and there is no question, that sometimes you would “let” someone break through just so you could be choosen to go over to the other team. Maybe all your friends were over there, or it was the “popular” group to be on. But seriously here folks!! Aren’t we all adults now, shouldn’t we have put away our childish games? “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – I Cor 13:11 Well, apparently, not if you are a congressional or senatorial cronie!
What I truly find the most appauling about this, and I think what truly caused the founding fathers to roll, was the blatant act of defiance and selfishness displayed by the “elected” officials in office. In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln declared, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government, of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” This statement was made nearly 147 years ago, on the blood-soaked grounds of Gettysburg! After approximately 51,000 people died there, sacrificing their lives for OUR freedom. Yes, I am very aware that the Battle of Gettysburg is a Civil War battle over slavery, but wouldn’t you agree that the battle over slavery, which was about human rights, also includes freedom?
How is it then, that here we stand now, and we are no longer a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”? Isn’t that the message that was sent with the passing of this healthcare joke? Wasn’t the message sent, “we don’t care what you want?” Thousands, upon thousands of people spoke out and said we don’t want this healthcare bill!! But alas, our voices fell on deaf ears.
Hum, sounds a bit like when the colonies broke away from England. “For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with the power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.” This was a charge brought against King George by Thomas Jefferson, and every signer of the Declaration of Independence! Don’t believe me, do a google search on the Declaration of Independence and read it – you might be surprised at what is being repeated. Are we going to continue forth and have more legislation passed that is against what the people want? Hum, maybe we should add, ‘taxation without representation’ to the list (also in the Declaration of Independence under the list of charges against King George), since this whole healthcare joke will result in a dramatic increase in our taxes?!
In the movie, “Facing the Giants”, the character Coach Taylor, tells his team, “I am sick of the apathy of this team!” He then storms out of the locker room. Well, I am not only sick of my own apathy (voting apparently is not enough), but also of the apathy of this country. If you desire socialism, well then, guess what, I am sure there is a major airport somewhere in your vacinity and I bet anywhere in Europe would be glad to have you – GO!! I for one however; am not willing to stand back and continue to be victimized by a country that my Grandfather gave his life for to keep free. By sitting back, well, then I guess that would mean that he died in vein. But right now I am asking myself, who do we apologize to first: God? Our children? Our founding fathers? Every man or woman who has given their life for this country? Who do we apologize to first? Is an apology the first step, or action? Benjamin Franklin said, “what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.” Hum….a lot of wisdom in that statement. Are our actions, in line with what we say? Our government’s don’t appear to be, and they are suppose to be our voice in Washington!
One of my favorite analogies comes from the movie “Dante’s Peak”. The USGS (United States Geological Survey) team is sitting in a hospital room after one of their guys has broken his leg testing in the dome of the volcanoe. Piece Brosnan’s character relays a story to the team of how if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it senses the immediate danger and jumps out, but if you put a frog into a pot of cold water and slowly turn up the heat it won’t recognize the danger.
Many of us recognize the immediate danger of what has been happening, and the stepping up of the brazen, bold, selfish behavior of our government. Yes, we can vote in November, but I ask, not just you, but myself – there has to be more that we can do. The real question is, are you (am I) willing to step out of my comfort zone, and speak out, act out? Hum, maybe with this musing, I just did…even if it’s a baby step.