Thursday, June 3, 2010

Let it be

Apparently it's true that history repeats itself--and not necessarily in a good way.

In AD 64, Emperor Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned in the great fire. As a side story, Nero also persecuted Christians and executed his mother and step brother. After the fire Nero committed suicide.

In 1793, Marie Antoinette lost her head. Literally. Marie was kind of a poor, little rich girl who really didn't understand the dire circumstances of her starving subjects. Um, not good. Those folks took control of the situation.

In 1968, "Landslide Lyndon" was brought down and forced into ranch retirement, primarily due to his tone deaf handling of the Vietnam War. Despite millions taking to the streets in protest, Johnson escalated the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam from 180,000 at the end of 1965 to 550,000 in 1968. Nearly 60,000 Americans lost their lives in that "conflict".

Fast forward to 2010.

We have the most massive oil spill in the history of the world--and no clear plan on how to control it.

Our President consistently and stridently ignored the will of the American people and twisted arms, promised favors, pushed and prodded until he finally got a huge, costly, unread, and unpaid for healthcare bill passed.

Mr. O keeps telling the country that we're "in a recovery". Okay. Maybe. But the recession also saw the loss of more than 8 million (!) jobs and there's no plan to create new ones.

Bursting the mortgage bubble caused a nationwide average drop in home property values of 34%, experts say we can expect another 12% drop in 2010.

Add to all that--millions of illegal immigrants demanding benefits, jobs, health care, education; an unsustainable deficit; a move toward social programs that have already proven disastrous to the European economy; a pursuit of nuclear arms in rogue countries like North Korea and Pakistan; etc. etc.

So what does our President choose to do? Like Nero, Marie, and on!

Adding insult to injury, here are some "poignant" words from our leader trying to empathize with the little people last night:

“It goes without saying that this has been a very difficult time. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with friends in the part of the country that is so rich in musical heritage. The Gulf Coast, who are dealing with something simply not seen before.”

In the words of Marie Antoinette, "Let them eat cake."

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