Over the past couple of days, I’ve been reading article after article about the GOP whine fest that’s going on in the House chambers right now. Essentially, this is a last ditch attempt by a small group of GOP faithful to put forth the impression that by not voting to allow additional drilling the Democratic leadership is somehow derelict. This small group of Representatives has decided that they will not leave until something is done to make their Big oil donors happy.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the hallmark of the “more of the same” offered by the GOP. We can’t drill our way out of high energy prices. It’s telling that even the White House has poo pooed the idea of a special session of Congress on energy. This is a hissy fit and that’s all. Maybe this is the GOP’s attempt at “differentiating” itself from the Bush White House. Good luck with that one!
The House GOP could be taking a tip (on the hissy fit front) from their presumptive nominee. McCain has been throwing one hissy after another about Obama’s “celebrity”, often going right to the edge of coherence. Hell, he’s acting like some of the girls on Rock of Love pouty lip out and all! Now that’s Presidential!
Will Americans fall for it? Why wouldn’t we? Since 1980 Americans have been just a wrapper and a stick away from a sucker. We want our GOP candy coated non-solution so we can go about doing things the same way we’ve been doing them all the while bitching about the way everything’s all screwed up. We won’t buy compact fluorescent bulbs because they cost too much. Turning the air up a couple of degrees makes our fat rolls stick together. Recycling means we may have to think for more than .5 seconds about what we’re throwing away, and then there’s that extra trip to the curb! Fuel efficient cars don’t pack enough punch, or have enough room for our single person, 15 mile commute from our gated community in ‘burbs. I could go on and on…
What happened to our “Can do” attitude? What happened to American ingenuity? What happened to confronting a problem head on and beating it to death with persistence and elbow grease? That’s the America that I know, not this whiny, entitled, America that John McCain and his GOP lackeys are touting.
This is our moment…our chance to take America back from the soft-serve sycophants that have been doggedly destroying American know how, for PAC donations and cushy lobbying jobs. This is an opportunity to take back a portion of a government that is supposed to be of, for, and by the people, not corporations. This is our time, to take back what is ours, enforce accountability, and once again lead the world with honor, dignity, and ingenuity instead of whining about what we’ve given up. Opportunities like this don’t come around every day, or even every four years. Don’t fall for the easy trap of reality show rhetoric that has taken over the McCain camp and the GOP at large. This campaign is too important to turn it into a High School popularity contest. We shouldn’t allow the media, or McCain, to degrade the process, and by extension, our nation, by turning it into the reality show flavor of the month.