Take America Back?

The last few days, I’ve been hearing the Democrats in Denver proclaim, “It’s time to take the country back!”

Huh?!?!

Who are we taking the country back from? The Assyrians? the Philistines? the Normans? the Mongols? I didn’t realize that Americans didn’t have their country!

The last time I checked we weren’t under any siege – military, religious or political. So what’s up with the constant harping about marauding armies and lands under siege?

The Democrats have been in charge of Congress for 602 days and as far as I can tell, they’ve been in charge of the agenda and have accomplished NOTHING they said they would. If there is any truth to the Democrats statement it’s that we’ve been under seige to an APATHETIC, DO-NOTHING, Democratic Congress.

And another thing that really got under my skin tonight from Joe Biden’s speech. (And this is my little tirade for the night.) Biden went through some fictitious illustrations of families across America having conversations about their financial situations:

Like millions of Americans, they’re asking questions as profound as they are ordinary. Questions they never thought they would have to ask:

Should mom move in with us now that dad is gone?

Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car?

Winter’s coming. How we gonna pay the heating bills?

Another year and no raise?

Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care?

Now, we owe more on the house than it’s worth. How are we going to send the kids to college?

How are we gonna be able to retire?

Then he said this:

That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the future John McCain will give us.

I’ve got news for the Senator. My family is having those conversations and I know other families who are too. And yes, things are tough around the country. But it’s not because of President Bush. It’s everyone’s fault. We are all to blame. Our culture sends the message that it’s ok to spend and live beyond our means and buy stuff we can’t afford and go into debt.

So Senator Biden, stop blaming The President and start looking at yourself and your fellow Congressmen and our culture that sends the message that its OK to go into debt and live beyond our means. It’s time to sacrifice and burst the bubble and it doesn’t matter who’s living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


Comments

  1. So… you were in a coma then from 2001-2007?

  2. T.J. Shope says

    This is probably the best thing I’ve seen on this site. You pretty much summed up everything I’ve been thinking over the last few days watching this garbage on tv. Thanks.

  3. The consumption mentality and entitlement policies have perpetuated the concept that doing without makes you a victim. It builds character, if you will let it.

    In the homes that are facing “how do we heat the house” issues, do they have premium cable and unlimited minutes cell phones for every member of the family? How new are the cars and how often do they have a meatless dinner? Do they buy the athletic shoes that are on sale or the newest brand because to do otherwise would be damaging the psyche’ of their child?

    I’m going to bed now and don’t have time to spell check. My day starts at 4 as I work a full time and part time job. So does my husband. We put our kids thru college, and still are helping with another in grad school. Not to mention the married child with 3 kids that is going back to school so grandma and grandpa take our turn picking up and paying for pre-school. Until 3 years ago we never had two new cars at the same time and it was a first for me since I was married 30 years ago.

    Never, even when we had $20 a week for groceries to feed a family of five did I expect the government to take care of me or blame them for my situation. We bought what we could afford, used ice trays, and drank iced tea. And never did we feel oppressed for not having red meat, store bought crystal ice, and soda at every meal. Thank you Jimmy Carter for the toughest years we have ever endured. But we did.

    Our hope was a government that would let us keep the money we earned and promote opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses, and reward determination. That is why we are Republicans.

    Ok, I had to spell check. Pride in all you do, even when tired is not an option.

  4. This video pretty much captures my point.

  5. Frank Soto says

    Ann, you are clearly a hard worker and I congratulate you for that. But I couldn’t help but notice the irony of this line in your “humble” speech:

    “Thank you Jimmy Carter for the toughest years we have ever endured.”

    This in the post about how tough times are not the President’s fault, they are all of our fault.

  6. I love that skit!

    Frank, This economy will get better. It will be a cooperative effort. But “the people” must take control of their own “pursuit of happiness” and not believe it is an entitlement. A 52 inch LCD with surround sound and blue ray in the family room along with a 4 door pickup with chrome wheels in the garage is not the same as a chicken in every pot.

    This is to DSW’s point, if people had not bought houses they could not afford, and often times more than one and then continued to spend like they had it, if investors had not tried to earn a little more than last years’ huge profit, had greed not ruled the day, this country would not be in the economic situation we are in.

    Now, there are those that are on the downhill side of this thing and we know what runs downhill. They may not have done a thing wrong but their job is dependent on other sectors that have gone south. Did they save, did they live off every dime with no thought of “what if” and have they altered their lifestyle because of it? Or did they continue to eat out, charge what they did not have cash to pay for, and shop like their life depended on it and now are they looking to the government to make it all better again.

    Even when a man who I believe is a good man with good intentions is just wrong, as in Jimmy Carter, I can vote him out of office but I cannot allow his role to supersede my role as the ultimate holder of my own happiness, success, and failures.

  7. perhaps everyone missed the news yesterday when it was reported that the economy actually GREW 3.5% last quarter?
    its not a huge growth spurt, but riddle me this: if we are indeed in a recession, how is the economy growing??

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