A Pelosi Christmas Carol

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November 13, 2009 | Comments

Remember last summer when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hurled insults at the moms and dads and grandparents who assembled at the nation’s town-hall meetings to voice their opposition to the monstrous health-care bill being jammed down the throats of the American public by Pelosi and her gang of thieves? And remember last week when the theft hit a crescendo with the sneaky Saturday-night health-care vote spearheaded by these people? I’m sure you do.

And I’m sure you remember how the bill barely squeaked by the House membership, only to be cheered with much fanfare by the Speaker and her gang as they crowed about their victory. And in doing so, said Speaker sneered at the American people, telling them with her self-satisfied smirk, “See, I did it anyway!”

Now, several days later, the Speaker has refined her message somewhat, perhaps hoping to make it a bit more palatable to the ignorant masses that make her life so difficult, promising us that the health-care bill now awaiting Senate approval, will be passed.  Even better, she tells us it will pass by Christmas, as a wonderful present for the American people.

Well isn’t that just a holly jolly cup of comfort and joy.

Does this woman truly believe, as she stands before us all jittery and blinky and shrill, that this Christmas promise will be celebrated with holiday cheer by the vast majority of Americans? How many times do we have to say it, shout it, and trumpet it from the rooftops: We don’t want her plan, or any plan, that mandates socialization of our health-care system, rations care, decimates us financially, subjects our citizens to bureaucratic evaluations of their most personal issues, and earmarks billions of dollars for the care of people who enter our country illegally. End of story.

Now I hate to fling a Scrooge dart in the heart of Madam Pelosi’s Christmas cheer (well, not really), but her comments also raise another prickly issue. Methinks she needs to be very careful about using such words as “Christmas” when discussing a government-drenched issue like socialized medicine. Have you forgotten, dear lady, that thou shalt never breach the granite wall between church and state? Dangerous ground you tread there. You want the ACLU on your tail?

Yet I sense a loophole. Given the Speaker’s words, are we to assume that those who don’t celebrate Christmas have the right to opt out of this monstrosity? Have they the right to decline the gift? If so, I’m in. My family will gladly celebrate our Christmas secretly and quietly within the privacy of our own home, and we won’t let the obedient minions who pledge allegiance to the Speaker and her President know. Let’s all do that. I won’t tell if you won’t.

Still, given her cavalier use of the “C” word, you just have to wonder why this woman would go out of her way to threaten us with the destruction of our Christmas spirit during this joyous time of year. Perhaps she needs to be reminded of the true nature of that spirit, as Christmas is a time of charity and generosity, not extortion mandated or legislated by government. The spirit of Christmas rests in voluntary charitable works and good will, not in robbing the haves to hand out to chosen have-nots against the haves’ will.

Next Madam Pelosi will using some of that excess stimulous money to commission an author to rewrite A Christmas Carol with the new addition of a public option for Tiny Tim. Scrooge won’t have to learn a lesson, and the ghosts can take Christmas Eve off, because the tiny waif will have a Pelosi or a Reid or a Shumer or an Obama looking after him. And just imagine the justice of it all. Filthy rich Mr. Scrooge will be footing the bill, and everyone will live happily ever after.

But no, sorry, I have to say this Christmas junkie and her family isn’t interested in the new and improved rewrite. We’ll just ho ahead and stick with the original Dickens version and its inherent lesson-learning conflicts that have made it legendary to families all over the world (even to those that don’t happen to celebrate Christmas). Thanks anyway, Madam Scrooge. And God bless us everyone…

Betsy Siino | Comments

220 to 215

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November 7, 2009 | Comments

It’s almost midnight. Less than one hour ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass what many believe (and some hope) will prove to be the first step of the United States of America, the last great hope of man on Earth, toward socialism (and whatever God-forsaken nightmare lies beyond that). They waited until almost midnight on a Saturday when there was very little critical news media on guard to watch and broadcast what they were doing. That was the plan, of course, a plan that itself exposes their own understanding that this was a blatant violation of the wishes of the American people.

Tonight they took a vote to seize even more control of this great nation and her people. Tonight they voted to sentence those people to a nationalized health-care system that promises not only to decimate us and our country financially, but also to destroy the greatest, most innovative, most compassionate health-care system on the planet. But health care was secondary to what they sought to achieve. By controlling health care, they control the people and the most intimate details of their lives. At the same time, those who did the sentencing won’t have to participate in this 2,000-page monstrosity that most haven’t even read. Their Cadillac coverage remains intact. Let us eat cake.

So now, because I am awake at midnight and well aware of what had happened, to every one of those representatives who voted for this abomination, I say:

Tonight you sentenced every child in America to years and years of punishing debt, simply adding to what you have already thrust upon them through similarly despicable acts. In other words, tonight you launched a full-on attack on our children, and, as you would know if you have ever ventured into the wilderness of Montana or Alaska, grizzly families do not take that lightly.

Tonight, dear representative, you attacked our doctors, the best in the world (just ask your dictator friends). Tonight you attacked the medical students and ensured that care will be rationed for all. And yes, tonight you voted to ensure that illegal aliens will receive the health care they deserve for so cleverly defying our laws to enter our country without legal authority. You claim this will not happen. You lie.

Tonight you voted to send those who are elderly, ill and infirm out to pasture – but of course not without benefit of the blue pill.

Tonight you swore publicly your allegiance to a cluster of people who boast in common not only incompetence and a complete lack of professional and real-America experience, but also their admiration for communist and fascist leaders and a belief that America is the root of all evil.

Tonight you stand at your podium post-vote with your plastic smiles and your words of celebration. You stand there laughing at the American people, but you seem a bit nervous, a bit jittery, to me. You know what you did. You know we don’t want this. And all can say is: Be careful what you wish for. You seem to have forgotten that this is America, not Europe or all those other nations you value so much higher than your own. You seem to have forgotten that we don’t roll over and succumb to our government’s every whim. You seem to have forgotten that the vast majority of us believe in our Constitution and the blood that has been shed to preserve our liberty.

And, most puzzling, you seem to have forgotten the election results of only four days ago.

Tonight, dear representative, you confirmed for us all what we already knew: that you will ignore and disregard the will of the people who you were sworn to represent – not to mention the sanctity of a country you were sworn to protect. You confirmed for us all that you will without hesitation ignore and disregard the Constitution of the United States and your fellow Americans, who have in vast and passionate numbers expressed to you their opposition to this bill and their commitment to destroy it.

Indeed with your actions tonight, dear representative, you have ignited that will, that passion and that commitment into an inferno. You have now officially awakened the sleeping giant. Come to think of it, then, dear representative, perhaps we should be thanking you for that.

Betsy Siino | Comments

Not Again!

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September 9, 2009 | | Comments

Oh please, make it stop! The President is speaking yet again, this time to Congress – the same health-care-reform speech we have heard over and over and over again in his neverending campaign.

Sheesh, this President is desperate. How else do you explain the flag on his lapel? Why else would he launch the speech with those ever-popular scenes of bread-line America, courtesy of, you guessed it, George W. Bush? Why else is his wife channeling the pink-clad visage of Jackie Kennedy?

And take a gander, will ya, at the utter desperation of his party, jumping to their feet like overdressed toys in response to every syllable the man utters. How embarrassing for them. They’re obviously thinking that the more visually fervent their adulation, the more their obedience to that flashing “Applause” sign above the teleprompter, the more likely we the masses will likewise leap aboard their bandwagon. Watch them clap like gleeful toddlers, the glint in their eyes revealing their collective relief that they can shove this monstrosity down our throats while they remain set for life with the Cadillac of all health plans.

What they also reveal tonight is their collective belief that all one – make that the one – needs to do is say something, anything, and everyone will believe. State that 50 million Americans are without health insurance, and the people will believe. State unequivocally that this plan will cost us nothing, that it will not fund abortions or cover illegal aliens, that it will not ration care or withhold care from the elderly, that the vast majority of Americans support it, that Federal bureaucrats won’t be making health-care decisions – oh, and while you’re at it, throw in that you are a devout capitalist who supports competition and the free market – and the people will believe. You have a gift. You need not speak the truth. The people will believe.

The trouble is, Mr. President, sir, you and your Congress have made it abundantly clear over the last few months how woefully inept you are at reading the American public. Drowning as you are in the flood of common sense the people are casting your way, you remain consummate, shall we say, storytellers – expert both at conveniently omitting pertinent facts and at uttering ridiculous, shall we say, untruths. But the sleeping giant has embraced the truth, and your golden words and standing Os can’t erase that. Even with a blue pill.

So, we learn tonight that the President has rescued the economy.  Yee-haw! His minions are on their feet again. He said so. Must be true then. He accuses us ingrates of using scare tactics to oppose his grand plan. Yet he tells us people will die if we don’t climb on board. Reminds me of a commercial spoof on the classic SCTV show, when a sweaty, twitchy, jittery John Candy dressed in a white lab coat tells his TV audience that if they didn’t use the product he’s plugging, “You’ll…you’ll die. Yeah, you’ll die. You will.”

Oh and here we go, right on schedule, throwing blame at President Bush. Again. But what’s that I just heard? No. Couldn’t be. Did he really just utter the words “malpractice reforms?” No details, no commitments, of course, but a juicy bone to the Republicans. And there’s more. In a style that would make Ward Cleaver proud, he’s inviting the Republicans to come on in and talk to him any old time they want. Sure, they’ve been shut out since April, but never mind that. His door is always open. Hear that? Sure, he follows this with a not-so-veiled threat should they deign to misbehave, but they should be honored all the same.

Okay, we knew this was coming: Calling the spirit of Ted Kennedy. Do it for Teddy. Bring his last wish for the little people home. He speaks of Teddy’s legacy — the liberal lion and the American character (brilliant connection). Do it for Teddy. The tears flow. This has to be a deal closer.

I don’t really know what he’s talking about now.  Doesn’t matter. Just hear those golden tones, rising now in calibrated intensity with the cadence of a Baptist minister. The jumping beans rise again. Apparently in the homestretch, he pays tribute to our history and those courageous Americans who came before. (Settle down there now, czars. Just dramatic effect, remember?)

And at last it comes to an end. He asks God to bless America. A bone to us believers. This believer is just thanking the Lord that this latest campaign speech is over.  Nothing new to report – other than the glorious death stare Madam Pelosi shot a Congressman who dared heckle the great leader when he told the ignorant masses that his plan will not include illegal aliens. Pure fury on the Speaker’s face. Funny, though. I don’t remember such venom back when her compadres showered President Bush with booing during a State of the Union Address.

The GOP just gave the response. Short, brilliant, rich with alternatives. And I think precisely what the American people – people who, despite what this administration and this Congress would like to believe – want to hear. Good night, and roger that….

Betsy Siino | Comments