Failure to communicate
Recently I attended a meeting of a conservative political group and was astounded by the debate conducted by the participants. As I’ve recently gotten a set of hearing aids to prevent that non-communicative and almost hostile exclamation of “HANH!?” whenever I couldn’t understand what was just said; it was a pain in the a@# to have everybody apparently shouting at each other. I say “apparently” because I still haven’t gotten used to the volume control of these things. Up, down, up, down. It’s comical I’m sure to see me tapping myself in the side of my head while muttering oaths to and promises I’ll use a sandblaster to clean the wax out of the cavernous reaches of my cranium.
In any event it was a spirited conversation with one of our number wanting to call out everybody who voted for the “CRomnibus” Bill they said would prevent the government from shutting down. This government shutdown would cause no great problem because government does little to nothing when it comes right down to it. Don’t believe it? Look at recent history and remember the overwhelming nothingness executed under Obama’s direction to assure veterans couldn’t go to open-air memorials, business was conducted on auto-pilot and politicians screamed as though stabbed in the gut with a sharpened stick. Republicans protested; Democrats pointed their fingers with glee and indicated it was the Republican’s fault and America sat back and said: “WTF? Again?”
It meant nothing then. I means more now because the House and Senate; Republicans and Democrats alike have saddled us with another 1.1 Trillion dollar operating budget to be tacked onto our debt of 18 Trillion dollars. Now, some know-it-all will make a statement that it was the GDP or the CIA or the Las Vegas Men’s Glee Club (LVMGC) or some other adulteration of political double-speak indicating the responsibility shift for payment onto our progeny over the next 15 thousand years of social misdirection and it wasn’t National Debt.
I don’t care. The Republican Party was in cahoots with the Democrats and we got screwed again: finished business; that’s my final answer.
One of the guys wanted to call the offending personnel, people who were endorsed and advanced as fiscal conservatives before the people: traitors. He said they were traitors and liars and he wanted the offending political hacks labeled as such and excoriated for their villainy. Another respected member wanted to remember people don’t like being called names and that the “brand” of the group we were attendant at was already known as being nothing but whack-jobs, nutcases and racist, nasty, old white guys petulantly shaking their fists at those they found unappreciative of their efforts to save the nation. He felt, because treason is a capital crime worthy of a death sentence when accomplished during war, the term “traitor” shouldn’t be used. He believed it would hurt the “brand” more than anything else.
As the group is already “branded” I ask: what’s it matter? The group is noted for loudly protesting the status quo and rejecting the Politically Correct as being not only disingenuous (fancy-schmancy verbiage for a lie) but it can be used actively to conceal agendas and advance them. If you spend all of your time being sure you offend nobody you actively offend decency and integrity in your thoughts and actions.
I agree with the man wanted to call them traitors. These people are acting contradictory to their stated oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. While some would say that’s not treason it does make them frauds and liars. They fraudulently took and stated an oath, they lied under that oath and they work assiduously and constantly to undermine the base tenets of that great document. They betrayed us in favor of self-service and political chicanery.
All of the honeyed and reasoned speeches, explanations and plaintive begging for understanding there’s a greater strategy which can’t be disclosed right now, if we’ll only trust their better judgment leads us to spit their ignominy in the pigsty where they need to be thrown.
Occasionally, when you have children just don’t listen; you need to get their attention. In the words of the warden in Cool Hand Luke ©: “What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men”.
Some men you just can’t reach. So it’s time to call them what they are no matter how badly it makes some people feel.
Thanks for listening