And my Tea Party was hateful?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Response

Dear Ms. Garofalo,
I have always been a big fan of your comedy, despite our diametrically opposed political views. I even found your political comedy witty and humorous. While contrasting my own political beliefs, good satire is always greatly appreciated. I saw you appearance on Keith Olbermann and was shocked, outraged and enraged. You accused a few hundred thousand Americans of being racist, because they disagree with the President’s policies. Such a hasty generalization is as dangerous and shortsighted as the racists whom you impugn. I will not discount the fact that a movement of our size will have a few fringe thinkers, but that can be said of any group. This appearance was different than any other I have seen you give. It was not funny. It was hateful and ill informed. I once respected your work as an actress and comedian, but I find that difficult after being so maligned by your words.

I will not attempt to claim an anti-racist credentials by listing the number of minority friends I have or any minority based service groups I am affiliated. I do not subdivide my associates by race, gender creed or any other determiner. They are the people in my life I love and that is all that matters. I was not an attendee at a local Tea Party, but a Tea Party planner and local activist. I do not care about the color of the President’s skin or any other descriptor. I care about increased government spending in a time of reducing tax revenues. I care about a strong national defense and continued defense research. I care about my first amendment rights, which I have been continually insulted for the use. I care about the consolidation of independent regulatory agencies under the executive branch. I care about growing unemployment lines, budget deficits and welfare roles. I care about recent procedural changes in the House of Representatives. I care about my country and its entire citizenry. If I do not agree with the government, local or federal, I have a duty to speak.

The ignorant nature of your comments shows that you have no room to accept any opinion other than your own. I do not ask that you come around to my way of thinking, but I do ask that you show my opinion the respect it deserves. I have heard so many liberal commentators express the desire to better understand our foes and engage in dialogue not hateful rhetoric. I challenge you to take the time to better get to know us, before making such blanket accusatory statements. By claiming every Tea Party participant is a bigot, you make the same irrational judgment as the Klansmen who assumes all men of color are criminals. I would not use such incendiary language to describe someone with a different political view than my own. I ask that you do the same. I may not agree with your opinion, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it. I ask the same courtesy be granted to our movement.

I am neither a redneck nor a racist. I am college educated and an avid reader. I do not ask you denounce our President. I do wonder if you have the strength of your convictions to question his policies as you questioned the previous Administration. Following a leader at level of government is merely a matter of blind faith, which would violate the separation of church and state. While deserving the respect of the American public, President Obama does not deserve our worship or a blank check. As a citizen it is my proud responsibility to speak against any government policy with which I disagree and to foster civil debate. Your words do not spark well reasoned debate. You words breed hate and stereotyping. In this country whether a member of the minority or the majority, we are given once voice and one vote. Do not disregard rights. My thoughts are just a valid as yours. I do not wish to silence your opinion either, because this is America and you have a right to be an idiot.

But No one Listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The American Dream

With every promise a politicians makes, there is a hidden undertone of disbelief. Those in charge do believe that we are capable of making our own decisions. They do not understand that we are willing to create our own destiny, our own jobs, our own prosperity and our own nation. We do not need a big brother keeping us on track and saving us from ourselves. The administration has lamented that the American dream is becoming unattainable, but I argue that American dream can never be obtained. The American dream is not stagnant and is not a single objective. It is not finite or tangible. The dream is different for each American and changes as each milestone is met. Our desire to do more, faster and better is what has made this country great. The pursuit is the American dream. Our ability to follow our heart where ever it may lead is the hallmark of a free people.
Often the American dream is defined as 2.5 children, a house with a white picket fence and a dog. What if I am a cat person? What happens when I achieve those items? Do I no longer qualify for the American dream? Once those goals have been met, the dream changes. The dream gets bigger and better. No government agency will ever provide the American dream to anyone, because of the dream’s dynamic nature. If the dream were achieved, do I end the pursuit? Do I no longer challenge myself to move forward? Claiming one has achieved the American dream would mean that their job is complete, that their work is done. We are never done. The dream must keep changing, keep growing.
I hope I never achieve the American dream. I will pursue it as long as I breathe air. I do not care what state the economy is in or who is in what political office. My American dream is my choice, my destiny, my life. The day I achieve the dream, is the day I stop trying. The day I stop wanting, stop inventing, stop yearning, stop caring. I am unwilling to shrug, unwilling to surrender. The dream will remain just out of my reach, like a carrot on a stick. I will never be satisfied and neither should you.

But no one listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Debate and Disagree

Hillary Clinton said loosely “I am an American and I have a right to debate and disagree”, while discussing Bush’s war policy.

Throughout the Bush Presidency numerous protests were scheduled against the Iraq war, Bush, Rice, Immigration and dozens of other issues. While out of power the left exercised their rights to freedom of speech, their right to assemble and their right to a free press. Now that the tables have turned, the Democrats are not so happy with the Tea Parties that sprouted up across this nation. Why do I not have a right to speak my mind? Why is my assembly less valid than theirs? Why should I have blind faith in the current President if I do not believe that his policies are good for my country? I am an American and will debate and I will disagree. It is my duty and my honor to challenge the status quo.

Today Americans joined together in Tea Parties to protest the growth of government, increased spending and the upcoming tax increases which will be required to pay for it. I am one of the 90% of American families that has received a tax cut from the Obama Administration, but I am not willing to accept a dime only to pay back a dollar later. I may not be an economist or a mathematician. One does not have to be that bright to understand one basic concept. If you spend more than you earn, you are going to be broke. This is true for households and for nations. We can not continue to borrow and print of cash. We must earn it by creating wealth and growing the private sector in our economy.

When Pelosi told the Republican members of the house that they did not need to see the revised stimulus bill prior to voting because the Republicans did not bill the first time, I lost my representation. I have a Republican Representative. When he was denied the option to read the bill, I was denied my representation. The concept of the Tea Party is wildly appropriate. The Republican Party is standing up for my beliefs. Though we are in the minority, we still have a right to be heard. The right wing of this nation is not happy with the growth of government. How happy will the left wing of this nation be if they lose the next few elections? I caution any politician against growing the power of their office. While the original intentions of the legislator may be pure, who will inherit that power at the next election?

I am going to continue to debate and disagree. I am going to continue to speak my mind to anyone who is willing to listen.

But no one listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Friday, April 03, 2009

If Vegas had no losers…

One of the many talking heads made a profound statement along the lines of “What if Vegas had no winners or losers? What would be the point of going?”. Would there be a point? What is the point of living if there is no risk? Imagine if the pioneers stood at the top of the Rocky Mountains, only to wonder if their success would be guaranteed. What if the Founding Fathers refused to start the revolution because victory was not a sure thing?

What happened to our pioneering spirit? Our willingness to risk it all? When did we become afraid of our own shadows? Life will bring tragedy and triumph. Sitting on the sidelines is not a substitute for playing the game. Many players will be hurt, but the joy and agony of the game are worth the risk. Life will never be without risk. Nor should it be. No parent can protect their child from everything and no government can guarantee prosperity for all.

Life is our gamble and I am going all in. You? Are you willing to sit back and wait for your slice of government issued sameness? Or do you want to defy the odds and accomplish feats never before dreamed by generations passed? America’s greatness has never come from Washington DC. Our brazen desire to take a risk has allowed our fledging nation to redefine success. Without risk there is no reward? No pleasure without pain.

But no one listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Thursday, April 02, 2009

When did the rules change?

Since I was a little girl, I was told that if I work hard and went to college that I would be successful. If I just did these simple things, the American dream would be mine. I worked my way through school and I am still paying off the student loans. For the first two years off college, I ate nothing but Ramean noodles and items from the Wendy’s $.99 menu. I took the bus when I could not afford the insurance for my car. I lived in questionable neighborhoods because I could not afford anything else. I graduated and now have a good paying job. I have health insurance for the first time in my life. I am a proud wife and even a home owner. Silly me, I thought I was doing the right thing. I thought that my sacrifice would allow me to provide a good life for myself and care for my ill mother.Why did I bother? I have been saving for months to purchase a script for Chantix, the new anti-smoking pill. I had almost saved enough money, when Gustav came and I had to start all over. A young man whom I went to school with gets Chantix for $9.00 a month from the state. I have to pay several hundred (the price has been lowered since I first tried to purchase it) for the medication. I was not eligible for a Pell Grant in college because of my age and lack of children. However my female friends who had children out of wedlock graduated debt free. If I had a baby, the government would give me money for school. I was a “good girl” and have over $10,000 in loans to payoff. I bought a house that I could afford and pay my note on time every month. If I had bought that McMansion closer to my office, the federal government would renegotiate the terms of my mortgage. Why did I bother? Why did I waste all that time and money trying to follow the rules? Where is my advocacy group standing up for my rights and freedoms? Why I am vilified on the news as the “evil rich” who take advantage of the less fortunate? What did I do wrong? I have never felt stupid in my life, but I feel stupid now. Why did I try so hard to be the best I could, when the government is going to make everyone the same? Why am I supposed to sacrifice? I though I did sacrifice. I feel as if I have been lied to and cheated. All those promises my parents made were false. How am I supposed to tell my children to work hard and go to college, when it doesn’t seem to matter?

But no one listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

If the Government is not running GM, who is?

Rick Wagner, the former CEO, has been replaced with Fritz Henderson with the board’s approval. However, Obama was the one to break the news to the public. Wagner will not receive a severance package despite 30 years of service to GM. GM has sold its corporate jets under pressure from congress, so now the big wigs at GM will pay more to rent private jets. In the mean time, Pelosi has demanded a larger jet, which will be subsidized solely by tax payer dollars. The make up of the fleet will be regulated by congress in the form of mileage standards, but this is not new. The President also announced that all warranties will have the full faith and credit of the United States Government, whose faith and credit are drying up rapidly. In between tax payer funded 5-star Congressional junkets, the House and Senate have examined every bit of spending and every perk the executives have enjoyed. Congress is passing legislation to limit the pay of the executives at GM and at all companies receiving bailout funds, The Treasury has bought/loaned (it changes daily) banks to loan money to consumers to purchase cars and homes. Congress controls the amount of the federal gas tax, which greatly affects the price of gas and the type of car consumers buy. Congress also regulates access to the oil used to make the gas. California is banning the sale and manufacture of ‘dark” colored cars to reduce the usage of air-conditioning. GM can not hire and fire employees at will, because that right is reserved for members of the US government. GM can not adjust wages or benefits without approval from the Untied Auto Workers.

GM does not control the salary of workers, worker benefits, the production line, the color of the production line, compensation packages for executives, the method of travel for executives or the time line for restructuring. Who is reorganizing GM? After all of these regulations and interferences by the federal government, GM may still file for bankruptcy. On the bright side, congress spent several days berating those horrible rich executives just to let you know how much they care. After the insults settled to the ground, congress tossed our good money after GM’s bad money. I am sleeping well knowing that congress cares. They wagged a good stern finger at the GM executives who has been held hostage for decades by Unions and Congress. As GM plants and dealerships across the nation are forced to close, will Congress’s negative ad campaign bring the recently laid-off workers any peace of mind? How many dinners will those worried families be able to purchase with another round of congressional mandates. Despite the flowing rhetoric and hyperbole, GM has dome far more for its employees than congress ever can.

But no one listens to me
-Patriotic Progeny

Friday, March 27, 2009

Limits of Public Duty

“It were contrary to feeling & indeed ridiculous to suppose that a man had less right in himself than one of his neighbors or indeed all of them put together. This would be slavery & not that liberty which the bill of rights has made inviolable and for the preservation of which our government has been charged. Nothing could so completely divest us of that liberty as the establishment of the opinion that the state has a perpetual right to the services of all it's members.”

-Thomas Jefferson 1782

What percentage of my labor must the state claim prior to my designation as an indentured servant? In the interest of public good, the federal government adopted the policy of sharing the products of one man’s labor with the less fortunate. The new policies contorted the definition of “the general welfare” and exceeded the constitutional limits of the Federal Government . The intentions of the politicians are noble, because suffering is unacceptable in America. Despite the intentions, the results are contrary to our founding principles of liberty and equality.

In a truly equal society, each individual would receive the same benefit from the same amount of personal investment. Absolute fairness and equality is unobtainable because no two individuals are identical. Some people are better at math or are more athletic. Some are just plain lucky. Redistribution of the citizen’s assets destroys the notion of fairness. If we have no rights to our labor, then we have no rights at all.

Our republic offers only a single guarantee, that all people may pursue happiness. Our freedom will grant each citizen the freedom to pursue happiness as desired. The paths will vary as too the results. A man’s definition of happiness is a personal preference as well. My talents and tenacity will bring either success or failure. Freedom is a risky venture, but a far better alternative to accepting government issued mediocrity.

But No one Listnes to me,
-Patriotic Progeny

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