One of my older buddies, Hank, is a throw-back to the early ’60’s and the halcyon days of doobies and flower-children! He rides a Harley when he is not taking the “park and ride” bus to work as an accountant downtown. He even has a Facebook page on the local Harley dealer website…..he is not quite the “outlaw” that he used to be! Hank always had a taste of the good things in life that money can provide….he is only willing to go so far for the “movement!” When we talk about politics, he is a little anti-government and a little bit of a socialist! I guess you’d call him a left-wing, Libertarian! In other words, he is a little screwed up…kind of like the rest of us!!
When I get all worked up about some of the things the current administration does, Hank is usually there to toss a little dirt on the camp fire and cool me down. He mostly agrees with me; but, he seems in a drug induced frame of mind where everything is “neat-o” and we all should just mellow out! I doubt Hank voted for Obama; but, he couldn’t bring himself to vote for the establishment candidate, McCain, either. He probably wasted his vote on Bob Barr!
Hank questions the rhetoric being tossed around by both sides. He understands why many people believe Obama is a left-wing product of the radical ideas of Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Soros, and his parents. He also believes that Obama should have used his considerable influence to persuade Imam Rauf to relocate his mosque to another part of NYC. But, he doesn’t think it is a big deal as portrayed by the conservative media.
And, while he doesn’t align himself with the conservative Tea Party movement, he readily admits that there is real anger and frustration among many Americans. He thinks that the Tea Party movement will hurt Republicans in November and uses the O’Donnell victory in Delaware as a prime example. While I applaud voters kicking incumbents to the curb, Hank doesn’t necessarily think a far right candidate is any better than a far left candidate.
And, that is where Hank and I fundamentally differ. My view is that the leadership has been very lax in the past 15 years and allowed government spending to get out of control. Clinton’s vision of everyone deserving to own a home (even if they couldn’t pay for it), Bush’s lack of attention to government spending by tightening the belt to offset the cost of wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, and, now, Obama’s vision to redistribute the wealth of America through federal mandate has got to stop. The pendulum has swung too far left…..and a sharp correction towards the center and right is required to get America back on track. The budget deficits and national debt will be the ruination of our system.
Even though Hank is a friend, his attitude that nothing is a big deal, it’s just politics, is the primary reason we are stuck in this recession. America needs to awaken from its lackadaisical haze and stand up to the “establishment” by voting an irresponsible Congress out of office. The people in Delaware spoke loudly when the kicked a left-wing republican out of office. It will probably cost the republicans a seat in the Senate because O’Donnell will probably lose big in November. Nevertheless, the message is being sent across the nation….get government under control!
Sorry, Hank, it’s not just politics! It is a reawakening of fundamentals that America was built upon generations ago. The wave is building fast. Take heed, politicians. And, Hank, stay away from the doobies for a while so your brain can clear!
2010….Without Doubt, Vote Them Out!