Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


March 27, 2012

We the People: Elephant in the weeds!

CROSSVILLE — Rarely in the conduct of our national affairs have self-appointed meddlers and make-believe statesmen created such chaos and political mischief. They have conjured up a divine right to trash the President and subvert the will of the People. The GOP elephant has stumbled into a right-wing weed patch and is running in circles and trumpeting in worried confusion.

The issues are not between Republicans and Democrats. The struggle is between radicals and reasonable citizens. How can it profit the nation to refight a twentieth century battle over female contraceptives? Some of us are old enough to recall a time in the last century when a battle against artificial birth control gave rise to a hormonal rhythm game referred to as Vatican Roulette.

We don’t use that phrase these days because it might offend someone. But today’s women are offended today by radical misogynists bent on restricting their roles to being reproductive homebodies and nurturing underlings. Modern women no longer worship unbending males as pillars of society to be humbly obeyed and dutifully respected whether or not they have earned any right to dominate anything. How would the radicals feel about incorporating ED drugs into the broader category of contraceptives to be dispensed only after a panel of women approved each prescription? Dispensing ED drugs to men who want preserve and protect their faltering procreative prowess is silly when there are already too many homeless children who are not getting proper care and attention.

But, there are other thorny issues tripping the elephant, as well. Political debates have yet to reveal a reasonable way to wrap up two wars. On the domestic front we’ve not heard good ideas about rebuilding roads and bridges. Candidates have no plans to help children learn all they should be learning. Is anyone suggesting that we need to talk about what keeps our prisons full? Who’s concerned about homeless adults and hungry children or serious about forming an alternate energy plan before oil and coal are gone? “Drill, baby drill!” is not the brightest idea since the invention of rubber tires. And why must the U.S. keep trying to police and democratize the world? Logic says that it might be wiser to come home and offer what peaceful assistance we can afford to nations that show promise of joining in a common struggle for better lives for all.

Claptrap about turning the country around in order to move forward gives voters heartburn. Duh? Moving forward after turning around goes backward. Promises to cut taxes to reduce the debt are outright lies. Prominent economists say it’s not possible to balance the budget and reduce the debt without increasing tax revenue. More tax revenue could result from more good jobs. But radicals believe that their favored candidates need only cut taxes and millions of new jobs will leap from the weed patch. Not likely. We must enter world markets with good, new products that we can manufacture better than any other nation can do it. Wild promises don’t create jobs. Vulture capitalism won’t do it, despite the empty blather to the contrary. Wall Street bandits are trying to buy enough televised political stupidity to stampede voters into following the GOP elephant and its keepers into the weed patch. If that happens, we’ll all be so busy trying to turn around to move forward that we won’t notice the vultures circling overhead.


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