February 14, 2009

The Big Bamboozle

“... I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.”

Yeah, I know that was his speech after winning (?) enough electoral votes to assure his nomination for the presidency. Unfortunately, he convinced enough misguided people of what he was saying, that they voted for him..expecting, of course that he would keep all those promises of hope and change.

Really, though, he should have saved that speech for now, after the stimulus package was rammed down the throats of the American tax payer..you know we who work for a living, taking care of our responsibilities, and not expecting others to give us everything we want?

Why now? Well, because I'm sure that now a lot of those people who voted him into office, are going to start realizing that he did not tell the truth, especially when he talked so much about transparency, and working for the good of all of the people.

Maybe, he could have put that speech to better use in trying to convince everyone that putting through a stimulus package, which was concocted behind, closed, locked doors, and not allowed to be read by anyone who actually voted on it, is the very thing that is going to bring peace and prosperity to us all.

All it is going to bring to us, is more division, more resentment and anger, and more debt than can ever be paid, putting a burden on generations to come.

Hope and change? Transparency? How about hypocrisy? How about dishonesty, deceit, and deception?

I think that generations from now, that we will look back and tell our children that this was the moment when our country got sold out, when we lost hope of ever again being able to believe in what was good, and right, and honorable..that this was the moment of the beginning of the end of our once great nation.

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
~Carl Sagan~