June 30, 2010

Stupid Means Something

I am sure that you have listened to one our esteem leaders speaking at one time or another and thought, "What the heck are they thinking?". Now let us first admit that if you are in a position to where, at any given moment someone may be surreptitiously recording your every word, you may at times sound, let us say, less than eloquent. However, in today's world we must be vigilant in ascertaining what our leaders are trying to say. I will first list some quotes by prominent leaders from all political backgrounds that should make you cringe. Then we will analyze what it means when they make these gaffs. And, for the small minded amongst us, sorry...I will not be including any Joe Biden quotes. It's just too easy with him. This is a higher form of intellectual intercourse.

"You're doing a great job, Brownie!" George W. Bush enthusiastically shaking the hand of perhaps the most inept department director in U.S. history. (I'm sorry, he even lied on his resume.)

Chris Dodd D-CT "If you take out the killings Washington actually has a really low crime rate."

"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy." Nancy Pelosi D-CA.

"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." Barack Obama, President of the United States of America 2009, attempting to make the case for government run healthcare.

"{I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them (Iran) from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.} –President George W. Bush, despite the fact that it would later be revealed that U.S. intelligence had already concluded that Iran abandoned its nuclear program in 2003."
www.thisisjuststupid.com trying to make Bush look bad - 2007.
Now 3 years later, who was the stupid one? Right...U.S. Intelligence.

"First Bush cut taxes for the rich and the economy has rebounded with new record low unemployment rates, which only means wealthy employers are getting even wealthier at the expense of the underpaid working class." Nancy Pelosi D-CA.

"I can practically see Russia from my house." Sarah Palin on her foreign policy experience. (This quote may not be exact, but I'm sure you remember the interview with Katie Couric.)

“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq.” Harry Reid D-NV Dec. 2007.

Excerpt from committee hearing in the House of Representatives 2004.

REP. Barney Frank, D-MASS.: "I think this is a case where Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound, that they are not in danger of going under. They're not the best investments these days from the long-term standpoint going back. I think they are in good shape going forward." July 14, 2008. The U.S. economy tanked in Aug. 2008 mostly because of sub prime lending by Fannie and Freddie.

Rep. Maxine Waters D-CA: "However, I have sat through nearly a dozen hearings where, frankly, we were trying to fix something that wasn’t broke. Housing is the economic engine of our economy, and in no community does this engine need to work more than in mine. With last week’s hurricane and the drain on the economy from the war in Iraq, we should do no harm to these GSEs (Government owned corporation). We should be enhancing regulation, not making fundamental change. Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals."

Rep. Frank: "Let me ask [George] Gould and [Franklin] Raines on behalf of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, do you feel that over the past years you have been substantially under-regulated? Mr. Raines?"

Mr. Raines: "No, sir."

Mr. Frank: "Mr. Gould"

Mr. Gould: "No, sir."

Mr. Frank: "OK. Then I am not entirely sure why we are here. . . .I believe there has been more alarm raised about potential unsafety and unsoundness than, in fact, exists."

Now these types of things go on all the time especially in the 24 hour news cycle and the age of the cell phone video. However, my point is this; how do these people get to positions of such power? The simple answer? Because we don't pay attention.

I could analyze these one at a time but I will not. The salient point is; there is a common thread to all of these quotes. They were all made by people who were calculating the political response to the words that they would say. In other words, they did not speak with conviction from heartfelt principles. They were simply calculating how their response would be viewed in the public eye, more importantly in the media. Doing this on the fly, caused them to slip into Idiotsville. Why?-----------Because you vote for them based on your view of them from the media, NOT on their principles and character.

The stakes are too high. We are at the precipice of losing the greatest political structure in the history of mankind. We must take our vote seriously and with the reverence it deserves. No one should get your vote unless you believe them to be a person of great character. One who understands and believes in the principles of the Founding Fathers. Which by it's very nature means that they go to Washington D.C., not to make new laws, but to repeal bad laws. To diminish their very role in your lives. To reduce the power of the federal government. To lower the burden on you the FREE individual. To give you the liberty to succeed or fail on your own terms. ANY person who does not completely convince you of these principles deserves not your vote, but your contempt, for trying to take you for a fool.


by: Keith D. Rodebush

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