Too Much…

“Uncle Sam” as played by GW Bush 

Too Much:

Debt.

Welfare.

Un-Funded Mandates.

Deficit Spending.

Unemployment.

EPA Legislation.

Bad ‘Reality’ TV Shows.

Episodes Remaining of “The View”.

There are a LOT of things which we, as Americans, have ‘too much’ of.  I was thinking last night about these, and other ‘bad’ things we have in abundance in our Nation.  It was right before I went to sleep, and I’m thinking that there was something else I was thinking about, but what was it?

Hmm?  What else do we have too much of in the Good Old USA?

Oh, I just remembered!

In America, we have just TOO MUCH DARN DEMOCRACY!

Yes, as I lay my head down upon my little pillow, I thought to myself, “Mike, of all the things in America which we have too much, or too many of, yeah, Democracy has GOT to be in the Top Ten!

Actually, I must have dreamed this.  In dreams the irrational becomes the norm – the fantasy, the reality.  It’s nothing I could have imagined in any state of wakefulness.  Right?

No.  Wrong again, hay breath…

Welcome to a new Era in Government. 

Welcome to the Machine…

Please enjoy the above Moo-sical Interlude as you read the remainder of this post

Writing this date down on the calendar, September 29th, 2011 is the day in which I learned that the problem in America is that “We have too much Democracy”.

My words?  No.  I haven’t lied to you yet, right?

Let’s turn our eyes south (or north, east, or west, dependent upon where you are reading this) for a few moments and meet Governor Bev Perdue, N.C. 

Her comments were reported in the NewsObserver:

File this in the random-things-politicians-say file. Speaking to a Cary Rotary Club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

Once she realized what she had said ‘Out loud’ and ‘In public’ she her ‘peeps’ out to clarify what she actually meant:

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue’s office clarified the remarks: “Come on,” said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”

Hold on, please wait a moment while I look something up…

hy·per·bo·le

[hahy-pur-buh-lee]

noun Rhetoric .

1.  obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2.  an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

All rightey then!  She was just using an ‘obvious and intentional exaggeration’ to make her point!  NOW I get it!  Thanks, this clarification was extremely helpful in getting my mind ‘straight’ about what she meant, NOT what she said. 

But, if she didn’t ‘really mean it’, what’s up with this line from above?  I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.

It’s like James Brown shouting, “Can I get a witness!?!?”  As he danced his way through “Living in America”.  I think James actually wanted a witness.  But once again, I’m only projecting what I think someone meant, based upon what they said (or in the case of Mr. Brown, ‘danced and shouted’). 

Perhaps I’m Hyperbole-impaired?  Maybe I’m too literal?  In any event, I figure it all comes down to ME ‘not getting it’. 

Sorry for wasting your time.  Go and enjoy the remainder of your day!  It’s not like anyone else is saying the same thing as the Governor, quoted above, right?

Oops…

Here comes Peter (CottonTail) Orszag, formerly of the Obama Administration, posting on The New Republic to completely clear things up for me:

During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse—harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing. If you need confirmation of this, look no further than the recent debt-limit debacle, which clearly showed that we are becoming two nations governed by a single Congress—and that paralyzing gridlock is the result.

So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

Wow, thanks Peter!  You’ve really cleared things up for me! 

I leave you today with a quote. 

Not my quote, but rather, someone who saw much more than I ever will…

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” - Winston Churchill

Oh, what the heck, I’ll take a stab at one myself…

Democracy is like your teeth.  Without brushing, flossing and proper care, it (they) will go away – only to be replaced with a false version of the same. 
- Mike Kane
(Written upon the day Democracy in which was determined to be in ‘too much’ supply)

 
God help us all.

 

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9 Responses to “Too Much…”

  1. Gabriel says:

    Moos…It is my hope that all “Forever” readers will read, think seriously about what you have written, and then act upon your supposition. Your last paragraph about Democracy being like teeth is superb. With humour, you have captured the essence of your article. The Pulitzer Prize goes to your moo-ving (sorry: best I can do) treatise.

    Not to take away anything from your article, but if you wish to know more about the Obama fantastic “jobs” plan, check this link.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/kyle-wingfield/2011/09/28/obamas-jobs-plan-447-billion-for-one-decent-month-of-employment-growth/

    • MoosOfTheDay says:

      Gabriel, Productive additions to the economy and job market will only take place after ONE singular Unemployment Filing in the fall of 2012.

      Until then, there’s plenty of malaise to go around. I can’t remember the last time anyone got praise for having ‘fewer than 400,000′ new claims for unemployment. Once again, Barack Obama’s presidency is a ‘Game Change’ for all those who will follow him in history.

      Setting new highs and new lows with one part aplomb and one part arrogance -- Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama.

  2. consigliere says:

    Are you not happy with the ideas exprssed by the NC Governor and the former Money Man for the President? The Congress, as it exists today, cannot seem to reach bipartisanship on anything. America would be well served to temporarily postpone all elections until President Obama gets all things under control. If no voting was required he could put his Jobs Bill in action and put America back to work. I suggest you go back to watching “Little House On The Prarie”

    • MoosOfTheDay says:

      Confunded, The general public is always amazed when guys supporting the President actually get caught saying what they’re thinking -- within range of a microphone or camera. As for myself, I expect no less of the walking-wounded remnant of what was once the ‘Party of Kennedy’. Civility, sanity, and cooperation must have been buried with the JFK as they’re nowhere on the radar screen since he left us all those years ago.

      What guys like you are afraid of is that the Constitution actually works. Our Representative Democracy allows us to make course corrections when ‘we’ decide that we need to do to ‘fix things’ which are broken. You don’t have a problem with ME. You have a problem with US.

      Americans gave the President the opportunity to deliver his version of Hope and Change. What they got in return was debt, unemployment, devaluation of the dollar, and an overall increased distrust of the US by nations far and near (and distrust of government by its own citizens).

      Your side has lost, simply because you WON in 2008. Unfortunately, when the Democrats took the House, Senate, and White House -- we ALL lost. I’m a loser, just like you.

      Although, I still believe you to be a much larger loser than I am. I have cable. I don’t have to watch ‘Little House’. If you watch it because Cox Cable, Time Warner, or whomever can’t find your bunker, that’s not my fault.

      Move back above ground with the rest of us. Look around. You will be amazed by what you see when you have time to step out of the world that you’ve created bereft of any alternative thoughts to your own (or HuffPost, CNN, MSNBC, DailyKOS, etc.).

      I’m smiling when I wake up in the morning and when I go to bed at night. Mostly because, like Annie, I know, “The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar there’ll be sun!” In less than eighteen months ‘tomorrow’ will be here, and I’ll be watching the new Republican President and Congress to make sure they’re who we thought he would be. If not, they’ll get a verbal lashing also.

      Difference between you and I? I’ll criticize my own when they screw up. You only attack that which you do not understand: Freedom, personal responsibility, and fiscal responsibility. Or, perhaps you only get upset when someone with an ‘R’ after their name gets a bit ‘Uppity’ on you and questions anyone with a ‘D’ after their name.

      Either case, you’re gonna have a bad four years beginning early 2013. And me? I’ll still be smiling.

  3. Gabriel says:

    Connie Baby…Dare I ask what your TV viewing prefence is? I would bet you spend hours watching The View or getting your “real news” from Comedy Central.

  4. Gabriel says:

    Moos…Stuck on stupid sort of sums up Connie’s world, huh?

  5. Regina says:

    Moos , great article. If only a liberal would look at facts , numbers and see facts and numbers.

    • MoosOfTheDay says:

      Regina,

      If a Liberal looked at facts, OR numbers… They would spontaneously combust.

      It’s the reason there is such a large number of them in existence today. They almost NEVER burst in to flames, although I’m surprised they haven’t ‘aborted’ themselves out of existence (yet).

      Facts have no appeal to the Left, they’re much more content to ‘feel’ rather than to ‘learn’. Personally, I prefer to learn, rather than to cling to the ‘failed policies of the past’ which they subscribe to.

      Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

      Moos

  6. Gabriel says:

    Moos…Interesting article on the old man’s page. Should we decide to be a aggregator, do you think??

    Fun article here.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/warren_buffett_the_keystone_pipeline_and_crony_capitalism.html

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